About Our Chapter

Chicktime Grand Rapids is currently being led by Gina Ruark for the duration of 2018. Thank you, Gina, for your passion and dedication to Chicktime and the children of D.A Blodgett- St. John’s!


Our History:

Chicktime Grand Rapids was founded in 2016 by Melissa Drenchen. Her Chicktime adventure began with googling volunteer opportunities. She was looking for a way to give back to the community. Empowering women and children, especially those that maybe disadvantaged had become extremely important to her. She also had a passion for helping children with special needs and when her own nephew experienced great change when he received access to a therapeutic animal, she¬† decided that more children with special needs should be able to have that experience as well so she opened my own therapeutic riding center. It is Melissa’s dream to help make lives better one person at a time. Melissa believed that what makes Chicktime so great is how easy it is to get involved! We thank Melissa for her two years of dedication to Chicktime Grand Rapids.