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Community Resources

There are many places you can call to get help or groups you can join for support in the Grand Rapids Area. Counselors at the Counseling and Career Center can help you make the initial contact if you don't feel comfortable taking the first step on your own. Personal counseling is also available to Grand Rapids Community College students. Please call (616) 234-3900 for an appointment to receive assistance.

Local Agencies and Services

There are many services that can help you during a challenge. Whether you need shelter, free legal aid, adoption counseling or seek an educational enrichment program, the services are right here in Grand Rapids. If you are uncertain which agency would best meet your needs, contact the United Way First Call for Help - 211 hotline for a referral.

Also, the Family Resource Guide provides individuals a convenient source of information regarding services and programs to support children and their families in the Kent County area.

These listings are not an endorsement by the Grand Rapids Community College Counseling and Career Center and are offered as a resource only.

Pregnancy  

Alpha Women's Center (616) 459-9955 services include free pregnancy testing, confidential counseling, and information about alternatives to abortion, STDs, and fetal development. Clothing and supplies for children 0-24 months, and maternity clothing are also available. Housing option: Omega Maternity Home - provides safe nurturing environment where women can stay while awaiting the arrival of their babies. Licensed counselor guides them as they make life-changing decisions.

Planned Parenthood (616) 459-3101 promotes and ensures reproductive health, responsibility and freedom.

Pregnancy Resource Center (616) 456-6873 or TEXT to (616) 284-1545 provides information on pregnancy, abortion, adoption, medical care referrals, and social services.  Services include free, walk-in pregnancy tests (results while you wait) and counseling, ultrasounds (with some restrictions), inexpensive HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing, treatment and counseling, as well as parenting classes.

Children  

Bethany Christian Services (616) 224-7610 multi-service agency providing adoption, foster care, refugee, and counseling services.

D.A. Blodget Services (616) 451-2021 non-profit child welfare agency serving over 2,200 disadvantaged and abused children per year throughout West Michigan through various foster care, adoption, counseling and mentoring services (Big Brothers/Big Sisters).

Youth

Arbor Circle Corporation (616) 456-7775 provides individual and family counseling, group intervention for adolescents, support and information for first time mothers, services to families with infants and children at risk of abandonment, counseling for families and individuals with life threatening illnesses, support for homeless youth (16-20), in-home early intervention program for infant and toddlers, parenting support groups, temporary shelter for youth (10-17), and many other programs.

Wedgwood Christian Services (616) 942-2110 a non-profit agency offering residential treatment to boys and girls, ages 8-17, dealing with neglect/abuse, delinquency, adoption and mental health issues.

Family Services  

Abundant Life Ministries (616) 248-4124 family services include a community center, emergency services, mobile food pantry, youth activity center, computer training, and transitional housing.

ACCESS (616) 774-2175 provides listing of all key food pantry site locations in the Grand Rapids area. Also provides information on clothing pantries.

Catholic Human Development (616) 248-3030 or (800) 368-9797 refugee resettlement program works with refugees who come to Grand Rapids seeking a safe environment and better life for their families.

Department of Human Services Kent County (616) 247-6000 helps individuals and families meet financial, medical, and social needs; assists people to become self-sufficient; and helps protect children and adults from abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

In the Image (616) 456-6150 links gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and appliances with families in need in a manner that enhances dignity, embraces choice, encourages participation and builds a community of diversity.

Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan (616) 776-1300 provides a community supported facility and complimentary services whose dedicated staff and volunteers are committed to providing a safe, clean, and caring HOME AWAY FROM HOME for the families of pediatric patients.

Senior Citizens  

Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan (616) 456-5664 provides wide range of home and community-based supportive and nutrition services.

Gerontology Network (616) 456-6135 to improve the quality of life for older adults, their families and care providers.

Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids (616) 454-1426 provides comprehensive, compassionate comfort care to people with acute chronic illness and support to their loved ones.

Senior Discounts provides the most complete and accurate listing of all senior-related discounts for goods and services throughout the U.S.

Senior Meals on Wheels (616) 459-3111 helps seniors and family members connect with local meal resources.

Health Care  

Children's Health Insurance Program (YMCA) (616) 855-9686 (English flyer) The Healthy Kids program is a Medicaid health care program for low-income children under the age of 19 and for pregnant women of any age. There is no monthly premium for Healthy Kids. The program provides a comprehensive package of health care benefits including vision, dental and mental health services. MI Child is a health care program administered by the Department of Community Health. It is for the low income uninsured children of Michigan's working families. MI Child has a higher income limit than Healthy Kids but offers the same comprehensive coverage, including vision, dental and mental health services. MI Child costs only$10 a month regardless of how many children are in the family. There are no further deductibles or premiums to pay.

Dental Clinics several clinics have been identified to help low-income individuals and families with their dental needs. The GRCC Dental Clinic also provides services at a low cost; call GRCC at (616) 234-4237 for details. 

Health Department of Kent County (616) 336-3030 offers 8 locations throughout the county. Provides routine childhood, adult, TB testing, and travel immunizations, public health clinics, and women-infant-children (WIC) nutrition program. 

Kent Health Plan A (616) 248-1000 provides a community based health improvement program for qualifying Kent County residents who do not have access to health care services. Specific enrollment periods apply. 

Oasis of Hope Center (OHC) (616) 451-8868 provides low-cost/free medical care to the uninsured and economically disadvantaged on the West Side of Grand Rapids.

Vision Services Cherry Street Health Clinic - (616) 776-2120 for the uninsured in Grand Rapids, MI. Services include comprehensive eye examinations, dilated eye exams, dispensing of eye glasses and diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Michigan College of Optometry faculty and students provides these services at no charge to CSHS or the patient. To cover administrative costs, CSHS requires a minimum payment of $15.00 at the time services are provided. In addition, eligibility for sliding fee services is based on income and family size

Education/Employment

Adult and Community Education (Grand Rapids Public School) (616) 819-2119 provides GED preparation, ESL program, non-credit Enrichment classes, Skill Preparation Program, High School completion and more.

Educational Connections (Grand Valley State University) (616) 331-7110 program provides information and services to people interested in continuing or resuming their education.

GED Program (Grand Rapids Community College) (616) 234-3040  learningcorner@grcc.edu GED preparation courses at the Learning Corner at Wealthy (1154 Wealthy)

Godwin Learning Center (616) 252-2040 deliver educational opportunities and services. Offers courses in Business, Computers, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and English as a Second Language (ESL).

Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc.(616) 532-4200 or (800) 294-4742 assists people with disabilities or other barriers to realize their full employment potential and to be self-reliant, self-supporting and contributing members of our society.

Grand Rapids Help Wanted offers free online resume posting, allows you to search for jobs, and receive automatic emails with job ads matching your credentials. If you are a recruiter you can also post jobs for a fee.

Hispanic Center of West Michigan (616) 233-0566 a non-profit organization primarily serving the needs of the Hispanic/Latino Community. Provides employment assistance, community outreach, information and referrals.

Michigan Works! (616) 336-4040 The Michigan Works! System is a customer-driven workforce development system that serves employers and job seekers to ensure that employers have the skilled workers they need and workers have good jobs that provide economic self-sufficiency.

Women's Resource Center (616) 458-5443 serves women looking to advance in their careers, make a career change, resume a career after taking time off and more.

Legal Assistance  

Farmworker Legal Services (800) 968-4046 provides free legal assistance and referrals to migrant and seasonal farm workers.

Legal Assistance Center (616) 632-6014 helps the public solve legal problems and provides guidance and assistance throughout the process.

Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, Inc. (616) 454-5055 provides quality legal services to indigent migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families, regardless of immigration status.

West Michigan Legal Services (800) 442-2777 or (616) 774-0672 provides free legal assistance to low-income persons encountering a civil (non-criminal) legal problem including divorce, spousal or child abuse, public assistance, consumer rights or tenants' rights.

Mental Health/Counseling  

Network 180 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (616) 336-3535 or toll free (800) 749-7720 provides immediate assessment, referral, and support for any kind of mental health or substance abuse problem, including depression, anxiety, stress reactions, family conflicts, suicidal thoughts, mental illness. Services available regardless of age, race, disability or income level.

Fountain Hills Center for Counseling and Consultation (616) 456-1178 offers services to couples, families, individuals, and children in a variety of capacities. Committed to understanding individuals' unique concerns and to guide them towards a more gratifying life experience.

Forest View Hospital (800) 949-8439 or (616) 942-9610 provides individualized treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders. Services include: 24 hour assessment and referral, adult services, child and adolescent services, general psychiatric inpatient, partial hospitalization, trauma, eating disorders, and detox/dual diagnosis.

Our Hope Association (616) 451-2039 the mission is to provide a rehabilitative program for recovering female alcoholics, including those who may be involved with other drug dependencies, in a residential or outpatient setting, regardless of ability to pay.

Pine Rest (616) 455-5000 or (616) 455-9200 offers Inpatient Hospitalization, Partial Hospitalization, Outpatient Counseling through our Clinic Network, Residential Services, Home Health Care, and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Psychology.

Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (616) 771-4171 provides provides practical training opportunities for graduate students by offering low cost mental health services to residents of southwestern Michigan. Individual counseling for persons experiencing personal, educational, or vocational concerns is the primary service. Other services include marital/family therapy, group counseling, and psychological assessment.

YWCA Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Programs (616) 459-4681 or 24 hours at (616) 451-2744 provides 24 hour crisis intervention and forensic medical examinations for survivors of rape. Also offers individual counseling, support groups, short-term respite for survivors unable to return to their homes or who are homeless.

Shelter/Homeless  

God's Kitchen (616) 454-4110 a non-profit organization that feeds hundreds of homeless, homebound and working poor.

Guiding Light Mission 616) 451-0236 a nonprofit Christian organization which ministers to the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged through spiritual, educational, and vocational services in the Grand Rapids area.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County (616) 774-2431 mission is to strengthen families and neighborhoods through partnership house building and affordable homeownership.

Homeless Assistance Program - Salvation Army (616) 454-5840

Homeless Youth Services (616) 451-3001 provides services to youth ages 16 to 20 in the Kent County area who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.

Home Repair Services of Kent County (616) 241-2601 offers resources for low income homeowners. These include critical repairs, the construction of home access ramps, a tool library, a source of affordable building materials, home maintenance classes and foreclosure prevention counseling.

(HUD) Department of Housing and Urban Development (616) 456-2100 the federal agency responsible for national policy and programs that address America's housing needs.

Mel Trotter Ministries (616) 682-4663 provides outreach ministry to the poor and homeless population and homeless population of Grand Rapids. Services include support groups, education classes, worship, and some emergency food and clothing.

Other  

American Red Cross of West Michigan (616) 456-8661or 1-800-482-2411 provides support to prevent, prepare and manage individual, family, local, regional and national emergencies and disasters.

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (616) 458-1187 provides support to advance the independence of people who are visually impaired and to promote the prevention of blindness.

The Gay and Lesbian Community Network of West Michigan (616) 458-3511 Serving the LGBT communities of Western Michigan through networking, referrals, and resources.

Kent County Literacy Council (616) 459-5151 the mission of the Kent County Literacy Council is to help people reach their individual goals by improving their reading and language skills and to increase community awareness of the benefits of literacy.

Internet Essentials 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) Home Internet service and a low cost computer for $9.95+tax if your child receives free or reduced price lunches, you may qualify. Contact Comcast for more information and qualification details.

Wherever God Wills (616) 452-2683 provides a free computer to low income students in Grand Rapids in exchange for community service.

Help Lines  

Network 180 (Counseling referral)

24 hours
(616) 336-3535 (helpline)
(800) 749-7720

Pregnancy Resource Center

24 Hours
(616) 456-6873 or
1-877-MY PRC GR (877-697-7247)

Heart of West Michigan United Way (First Call For Help)

211 (hotline)

Parent HELPline

(800) 942-4357

No Abuse (Domestic Violence)

(800) 996-6228

YMCA Domestic Crisis Center

24 hours
(616) 776-7273

No Means No (sexual assault)

(877) 666-3267

YWCA Sexual Assault Program

24 hours
(616) 459-4652

Support Groups  

Alateen

(young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers)
(616) 257-8089

Alcoholics Anonymous

(616) 913-9149 (24 hour hotline)

Al-Anon

(for family members of alcoholics)
(616) 257-8089

Narcotics Anonymous

see list for contact information

PFLAG

(Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
(616) 399-2161 Holland

Women for Sobriety

(616) 457-0791

LGC Network of West Michigan

(for lesbian, gay and bi-sexual youth age 13-22)
(616) 458-3511

Hotlines  

Adult Abuse

(800) 996-6228

Child Abuse

(800) 942-4357

Child Locator Tip Line

(800) 729-0026

Client Complaints

1-517-373-0707

Emergency Shelter

(800) ASHELTER

Home Heating (Energy Assistance)

(800) 292-5650

Homeless

(800) 274-3583

Medicaid Helpline (Clients)

(800) 642-3195

Parent Helpline

(800) 942-4357

Runaway Assistance

(800) 292-4517

Tuition Incentive (TIP)

(800) 243-2847

Welfare Fraud (Client)

(800) 222-8558