Community Assistance

Where to Start

Helping Organizations


  • This directory of Kent County community services and beyond is also available as a 24-hour telephone hotline. Dial 2-1-1. Toll-free call 1-800-887-1107. Download the app or live chat HWMUW.ORG/211.
  • Services include: Housing Information, Legal Services, Public Safety, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Services.
  • In addition to crisis need, transportation, medical services, food and employment are also addressed. 211 gives access to the arts, education, and recreation.
  • “The 2-1-1 database is updated daily as changes in local services and resources occur.”
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Family Resource Guide

  • This site is dedicated to providing access to up-to-date community resources for families, social service providers, and professionals who work with children and families in Kent County.
  • The Family Resource Center is an uncomplicated site with a rich assortment of services. Using keyword, age, and interest filters you can generate a list of current local resources in seconds.
  • A calendar of events exists to locate services in a specific time frame.

Grand Rapids Housing Commission

  • Serving more than 3,900 West Michigan families. The Grand Rapids Housing Commission (GRHC) provides housing assistance to low-income residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, GRHC operates seven low-income housing developments, including family housing and apartments for seniors and disabled persons. GRHC administers federal Section 8 rental subsidy programs, home ownership and a transitional housing programs.

Helping Hand

  • Helping Hand aids Michigan citizens facing economic hardship in finding the services they need. They focus their efforts on jobs and training, unemployment benefits, health care, family support, and housing.
  • Unique to their offering is their efforts towards employment, job fairs, college to career support, veteran’s employment services and assistance in writing resumes and cover letters.

Michigan Assistance Services

  • Provides information about Michigan assistance programs: medical, food, day care, etc. Their questionnaire determines your eligibility.

Places to Stay

Drop-In Centers

Traditionally offers day time services versus Shelters that provide overnight assistance.

Degage Ministries
144 S. Division 49503 | 454-1661

  • For men and women. A shelter for women only is also available.
  • Resource Office provides help with job and housing searches, funding for prescription co-pays, transportation, and health referrals.
  • ID office helps with paperwork for obtaining legal identification.
  • Offers hygiene and laundry facilities.

Heartside Ministry
54 S. Division 49503 | 235-7211

  • Offers art studios available to the public.
  • GED Testing Center, helps with legal and immigration paperwork. AA and NA services, transportation, prescription assistance, and workforce development.
  • List of available programs.

HQ: Runaway & Homeless Youth Drop-In Center
320 State Street SE 49503 | 406-3945

  • A drop-in center for youth ages 14-24 who are experiencing unsafe or unstable housing.
  • Meals, showers, laundry, clothing, education and employment resources, crisis housing support, computers
  • Monday thru Friday 3:30pm-5:30pm (14-19 years of age)
  • Monday evenings 6:00pm-8:00pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:30pm-2:30pm (20-24 years of age)

Mel Trotter Day Center
225 Commerce Ave SW Hours: 7am to 5 PM

  • Offers laundry facilities, computers, and internet.

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
1204 Grandville Ave. SW 742-0200

  • Offers assistance with food stamps, Child Protective Services, daycare, paperwork and vital records, mental health services, employment assistance.

YWCA Shelter
25 Sheldon Blvd. SE | 459-4681

24/7 Crisis Hotline 451-2744

  • Crisis hotline provides emergency and short-term support for domestic violence survivors and their dependent children including intervention, referrals, safety planning, and emergency shelter.

For all other YWCA Domestic Violence Services call 616-459-4652 (business hours only). Supportive services include transitional and long-term housing, help in finding employment, advocacy, and referrals for legal assistance.

Men’s Shelters

Guiding Light Mission
255 S. Division | 451-0236

  • Back-to-Work Program provides a short-term stay for men who are employed or are seeking full-time employment
  • Provides 24 hour shelter during severe weather

Mel Trotter’s Men’s Shelter
225 Commerce SW | 588-8756

  • Check-in 4:30 pm-6:45 pm
  • Out by 7 am
  • Dinner served at 4:30 pm-5:45 pm
  • Provides clothing, showers, toiletries, and resources for employment.

322 Front Ave SW | 242-9130

  • A transitional housing facility for men facing homelessness, including military veterans and men who have been in prison
  • Provides housing, counseling, employment assistance, 3 meals a day, mentoring

Women’s Shelters/Missions

Degage’s Open Door
144 S. Division | 454-1661

Open from 7:00pm-7:45am, last check-in at 8pm.

  • Limited to female residents of Kent County 18 and older.
  • Those that wish to stay longer than 3 days must set goals and report on progress.
  • Drug testing completed on intake and randomly going forward.
  • Women are not allowed to be intoxicated.
  • Reservations required and can be made by coming to the 2nd floor Life Enrichment Center at Degage during open hours (8:00-11:30am and 1:00-3:00pm Monday – Friday)

Mel Trotter’s Women’s Shelter
225 Commerce SW | 588-8788

  • Dinner is served at 5 pm.
  • Women and children only.
  • Enter at the door with the ramp leading up to it.

Safe Haven Ministries
3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd Suite 33 | 452-6664

  • Ramonth House is an emergency shelter for women and families fleeing domestic abuse situations.
  • Confidential support line will get you in contact with services 452-6664.

Family Shelters/Missions

I.C.C.F. Family Haven Shelter
920 Cherry St SE | 336-9333

  • Emergency Housing 30 day shelter
  • Will only accept men and women with children.
  • Five apartments that offer housing to families for up to 30 days.
  • All referrals are through the Salvation Army, call 1-800-877-1107

Pathway Home
225 Commerce Ave SW | 454-8249

  • Mel Trotter and Family Promise teamed up to offer Pathway Home
  • Mel Trotter dedicated 22 rooms to homeless families and Family Promise provides the staff to help secure permanent housing and employment.

Family Promise of Grand Rapids
516 Cherry St SE | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 475-5227

Arbor Circle
1115 Ball Ave NE | 456-6571

  • Available to youth experiencing homelessness and/or are without safe or stable housing.
  • The length of service is up to 21 months.
  • Youth staying/residing in the Counties of Kent, Ottawa, Montcalm, or Ionia may participate, and services are free.

Dwelling Place Main Office
101 Sheldon Ave SE, Suite #2 | 454-0928

United Methodist Community House
904 Sheldon Ave SE | 452-3226

  • Transitional housing restricted to victims of prostitution and substance use/abuse.
  • Must be willing and serious about leaving the street, drug, and prostitution lifestyle.
  • For ages 18+
  • Lobby open from 7am-6pm
  • Provides treatment plans, mentors, social workers, and support groups

Community Rebuilders
1120 Monroe NW, Ste. 220 | 458-5102

  • Assistance for veterans, persons with disabilities, low-income families and the chronically homeless
  • HOPWA program provides housing for persons with HIV/AIDS
  • Non-subsidized, affordable rentals available.
  • Must complete application

Home Repair Services
1100 S. Division Ave | 241-2601

  • Free hands-on training in home repair skills
  • Affordable kitchen cabinets for remodeling projects
  • Emergency repairs when health or safety is at risk
  • Financial counseling for homeowners
  • Wheelchair ramps for those with mobility impairments
  • Practical energy saving assistance
  • To qualify for services, one must own home or be purchasing home, and meet an income restriction
  • Income Restriction Guidelines

Westown Jubilee Housing
724 W. Fulton St | 458-4841

  • Provides affordable permanent housing to low-income families on the West side.
  • Trains and coaches local homeowners on home repair and maintenance.
  • Helps low income families purchase their first home, using local banks, local craftsmen, and local products
  • Provides affordable rentals for low-income families
  • List of Available Properties

Guiding Light Mission
255 S. Division | 451-0236

  • Male only
  • Iron House program provides transitional housing ideal for those that have completed the Guiding Light Recovery Program
  • Typical rent is $400/month



In the Image
4255 Kalamazoo Ave SE | 456-6150

  • A free thrift store for people in crisis needing basic clothing and houseware items. No documentation required.
  • Walk-ins welcome, but appointments preferred and are required after initial visit.

St. Andrews Clothing Center
267 Sheldon S.E. 49503 | 456-1454

  • September through June – Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-11:30a. Free.

Women’s Resource Center
678 Front Ave, 49504 | 458-5443

  • Free Clothing to women entering the workforce.
  • Clothing Closet open by appointment only.

Food Stamp Hotline for Michigan: 1-800-481-4989. Find out if you qualify.

Degage Ministries
144 S Division Ave | 454-1661

  • Made-to-order meals for breakfast and dinner are available seven days a week at a low cost.

God’s Kitchen
303 S. Division Ave 49503 | 454-4110

  • A noontime hot meal is served daily at God’s Kitchen .

Mel Trotter Food Pantry

  • The food pantry is open every Thursday, from 10 am – 1:45 pm.
  • The entrance is at 47 Williams Street.
  • First time guests: please bring an ID for everyone in the household and a recent piece of mail.
  • For more information please call Stephen McVittie at (616)588-8728 or email

Street Light Ministries-Burger Night
Street Light Ministries |745-1107

515 Division Ave.

  • Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of Each Month 6-7:30 pm
  • Street Light offers a free burger and music for anyone looking to be fed.
  • They also offer ministry and worship.

Street Light Ministries- Hannah’s House
Street Light Ministries | 745-1107

515 Division Ave.

  • Every 2nd and 4th Friday of Each Month 5:30-8 PM
  • A place where women can find comfort through building relationships with other women and realizing their potential in Christ.
  • Women only, Children are welcome to accompany.
  • Serves dinner and includes praise and worship

Westminster Presbyterian Church
47 Jefferson SE 49503 | 456-1456 Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30a-2:30p

Health Services


Spectrum Health – Blodgett
1840 Wealthy St. SE | 774-7444 or (866)989-7999

Emergency Care: Blodgett Hospital Prearrival Notification: 888.936.0005
Blodgett Hospital Emergency Department: 616.774.7740

St. Mary’s Mercy Medical Center (multiple locations and services)
200 Jefferson Ave SE | 685-5000

  • Emergency Room: 685-6789

List of Kent County Resources

  • Website that offers a nice search engine for local clinics.

Cherry Health Services
100 Cherry St. SE | 965-8200 or 965-8308 for Central Registration

St. Mary’s Clinics (Appointment Required)

  • St. Mary’s has three clinics/community health centers within Grand Rapids that provide access to health care, help with medical paperwork, dental and vision assistance.

Kent County Health Department

Four Public Health Clinics Services Provided (Not all Services available at all clinics)

  • Free HIV and STI screening and counseling
  • Free TB and Hepatitis B & C screening and counseling
  • Free Immunizations and Vaccinations with a minor charge for administration (sliding scale)

Appointments for all Four Clinics: 623-7200

Main Location: 700 Fuller Ave NE 632-7020 South Clinic: 4700 Kalamazoo Ave SE 632-7025 North County Clinic: 4388 14 Mile Rd. NE 866-0632 Sheldon Clinic: 121 Franklin ST SE, Suite 130 336-3914

Mercy Health Infectious Disease
310 Lafayette SE, Suite 410 | 685-8200 or 888-800-7010

  • Provides counseling and case management for individuals with HIV or AIDS

Help Pregnancy Crisis Aid
705 Bridge St NW, 49504 | 459-9139

  • Non-profit organization dedicated to helping pregnant women carry their babies to term by offering them support and alternatives to abortion, regardless of their faith, origin or background.

Pregnancy Resource Center415 Cherry ST SE 49503 | 456-6873

  • Free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds
  • STI testing for both men and women
  • Adoption services and counseling
Free Hygiene Supplies

Hygiene Supplies for organizations depend on availability: Days, times, restrictions, availability subject to change.

Degage Ministries144 S. Division Ave | 454-1661

  • Personal care bags are distributed each week with items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and lotion
  • Free private showers available – the only place in the neighborhood where this is offered
  • Laundry, underclothes, and rentable lockers are available for a low cost

Mercy Health/St. Mary’s Heartside Clinic
359 S. Division Ave SE | 685-3800

  • Provides shower facilities

St. Andrews Outreach
267 Sheldon Ave SE | 456-1454

  • September through June – Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-11:30a.
  • Provides gently used clothing of all ages as well as personal care items (deodorant, etc.)
Mental Health

Arbor Circle
1115 Ball Ave NW | 456-6571

  • Provides 24 hour phone and walk-in crisis intervention for runaway/homeless youth or youth in crisis. Individual and group counseling available.

Be Nice. Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan 
349 Division Ave S | 389-8601

  • The Mental Health Foundation is the go-to source for mental health awareness and education.
  • Find Local Treatment

Catholic Charities Services & Programs
Catholic Charities of West Michigan/ Social Services
40 Jefferson Ave SE | 456-1443

  • For families and individuals
  • Works to help individuals facing the challenges of everyday life offering mental health and counseling in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and several other West Michigan locations. Services are available for children, adults, couples, and families.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids
360 S. Division Ave | 243-0491

  • Catholic Faith Services

Degage Ministries
144 S. Division Ave | 454-1661

  • Bible Study: Monday 1:00-2:00pm
  • Women’s Support Group: Friday 9:15am
  • AA: Tuesday & Thursday 10:30am
  • Men’s Support Group: Friday 10:30am

Ele’s Place
2000 Bridge St NE | 301-16505

  • Ele’s Place is a healing center for grieving children and teens.

Family Outreach Center
1939 S. Division Ave | 247-3815

  • The Family Outreach Center is committed to building stronger families. They have quality outpatient mental health, substance use disorders, education, prevention and support services for children, youth and families living in the inner city of Grand Rapids, MI and all of Kent County. They provide the support individuals and families need to be successful through all phases of life.

Forest View Hospital
1055 Medical Park Dr SE | 949-8439

  • Located just seven miles southeast of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, Forest View Hospital is a private psychiatric facility that serves children, adolescents and adults. They provide no-cost assessments 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Services include acute inpatient psychiatric treatment, partial hospitalization and outpatient medication management.

GRAAHI Grand Rapids African American Health Institute
500 Lafayette Avenue NE | 331-5831

  • Driven by research and committed to education and advocacy, GRAAHI aims to create awareness and develop programs that achieve positive health outcomes for all communities. The organization seeks to ensure that all people have optimal health care and benefit from health systems without race being an impediment. GRAAHI operates under four pillars of service: Community, Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE)

Heartside Ministry
54 S. Division Ave | 235-7211

  • Counseling available – open to all, but with a Heartside Neighborhood focus.

Hope Network
Multiple locations | 301-8000

  • Using evidence-based therapies, intervention techniques, monitoring progress and coordinating care with other key service providers, Hope Network serves people in a way most healthcare professionals can’t – when and where they need care most.

Mental Health Clinicians of Color in Grand Rapids

  • Mental Health Clinicians of Color in Grand Rapids (MHCOCGR) is committed to helping connect BIack, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to BIPOC mental health and wellness professionals.

NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) of Kent County
3310 Eagle Park Dr. NE | 559-0045

  • NAMI of Kent County is a local affiliate of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

Network 180 – Kent County’s public mental health system.
790 Fuller Ave. NE | 336-3909 or (800)749-7720

  • They contract with more than 25 local human service agencies that specialize in providing care to children and families, teens, adults, and seniors who are experiencing mental health or substance abuse problems, or living with a developmental disability.
  • 24/7 Crisis and/or suicide prevention lifeline (800)273-TALK, (800)273-8255
  • The community mental health authority for Kent County, network 180 connects individuals and their families to services for mental illness, substance use disorders or developmental disabilities.

Pine Rest Psychiatric Urgent Care Center
300 68th Street SE | 455-9200

  • Provides immediate assessment and treatment for people experiencing acute psychiatric symptoms who cannot wait for routine outpatient intervention.

Servants Center
800 Monroe Ave NW #202 | 456-8512 |

  • Provides street outreach and support services to the mentally ill, poor and homeless people.
  • Provides crisis management,support to keep clients stable and educates the public on how to respond to the mentally ill poor and homeless.
  • Collaborate with local agencies, ministries and providers for the best care of their clients.

Street Light Ministries- CHICS Program
515 S. Division Ave | 745-1107 CHICS stands for Christian Helpers Inspiring Communities

  • C.H.I.C.s is support group for young women to serve our community and each other.
  • The Group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. All meetings are confide

United Methodist Community House
904 Sheldon Ave SE | 452-3226

  • Transitional housing restricted to victims of prostitution and substance use/abuse.
  • Must be willing and serious about leaving the street, drug, and prostitution lifestyle.
  • For ages 18+
  • Lobby open from 7am-6pm
  • Provides treatment plans, mentors, social workers, and support groups

Wedgwood Christian Services
3300 36th Street SE | 942-2110

  • As one of Michigan’s most highly regarded experts helping at-risk youth and families since 1960, Wedgwood Christian Services is dedicated to aggressively taking on the toughest problems facing young people today.

Western Michigan University / Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
200 Ionia Ave SW | 771-4171 (Appointment Required)

  • Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm
  • Friday 9am-5pm
  • For individuals, couples, and families

25 Sheldon Blvd SE | 459-4681 (Main Office)
or 459-4652 (Counseling Center)

  • Programs and classes for domestic violence, abuse, and sexual assault
Dental Health

Cherry Health Services
100 Cherry St. SE | 965-8200 or 965-8308 for Central Registration

Kent County Health Department
South Clinic 4700 Kalamazoo Ave SE 632-7200 for an appointment

Kent County Health Department partners with My Community Dental Centers

  • Accepts Medicaid Insurance for Dental Procedures
  • Offers discounted services for people who are uninsured or underinsured.

The Meijer pharmacy helps reduce health care costs by offering select free antibiotic prescriptions. You must present your doctor’s prescription, to receive your maximum 14 day supply of normal oral dosages. Prescriptions that are part of the program are free regardless of insurance or co-pay. The program does not include extended release formulations. Prescription must be picked up at store in person.

Senior Services

Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan
1279 Cedar NE, 49503 | 456-5664

  • Information on a wide variety of services available to older adults in a nine county area.

Care Resources
1471 Grace St. SE, 49506 | 913-2006

  • Provides comprehensive medical care and social services to seniors in Kent County through the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).

Porter Hills
4450 Cascade Road | 949-4975

  • Variety of programs available including in-home care and assisted living

Visiting Angels
1514 Wealthy St SE Suite 270 | 243-7080

  • Home care services, companion care, personal care

Senior Neighbors
333 Division Ave S, Suite 100 | 459-3040

  • Helping seniors to remain at home and independent

You may also visit Chelsea Senior Living senior assisted living Bridgewater, NJ if you want another option.

Caregiver Resources

Caregiver Resource Network

  • A collaboration of West Michigan organizations dedicated to providing for the needs and welfare of family and professional caregivers within the community.
  • Excellent starting point in the search for information.

Citizens for Better Care
560 Fifth St. NW, Suite 308, 49504 |245-9451

  • A focus on long term care issues, this independent, non-profit agency provides consumer advocacy as well as information.

Hospice of Michigan – Grand Rapids
989 Spaulding SE Ada, MI 49301, | 454-1426

  • Provides specialized health care services for people with a terminal illness and support for their loved ones.

4255 Kalamazoo Ave SE | 235-6604

  • Thresholds Inc. provides respite services to adults who have a developmental disability.
Substance Abuse

Grand Rapids Narcotics Anonymous

  • Hotline 1-800-230-4085
  • Addiction and recovery services
  • Updated list of meeting locations for Greater Grand Rapids Area

Sanford House

  • 540 Cherry Street SE | 288-6970
  • Drug and alcohol rehab and recovery center for women

Network 180
Kent County’s public mental health system

790 Fuller Ave NE 49503 | 336-3909 or 1-800-749-7720

  • 24 hour Help Line: 1-800-273-8255

Family Outreach Center
1939 S. Division Ave | 247-3815

  • Adult services for substance abuse

Cherry St. Heart of the City Health Center

  • Out-Patient Counseling available at their Leonard St. Office (1400 Leonard St. NE)
  • If unsure of what services a patron needs, instruct them to call their central registration department and they will help them narrow down which services they require.

Leonard Street Office: 954-1991
Central Registration Department: 965-8308

Salvation Army Turning Point
1215 Fulton St E | 742-0351

  • Sub-Acute Medical detox, available 24/7. Call ahead – need ID.
  • Restricted to 18 years and older
  • Short-term Residential Treatment (must be 72 hours drug and alcohol free).


Grand Rapids Alcoholics Anonymous
4920 Plainfield Ave NE Suite 19 | 913-9216 (office) & 913-9149 (24-hr hotline)

  • Website lists all group meetings in GR area.

Arbor Circle
1115 Ball Ave NE | 456-6571

  • Counseling and treatment planning for those recovering from alcohol and drugs
Veteran's Services

Healthcare for Homeless Vets
620 Century Ave SW #120 | (616) 356-1746

  • Department of Veterans Affairs provides an extensive website of services.
  • Provides heath care, benefits, GI Bill, loans, insurance, survivor benefits, burials and memorials, resources for jobs, and special events.

322 Front Ave SW | 242-9130

  • A transitional housing facility for men facing homelessness, including military veterans and men who have been in prison
  • Provides housing, counseling, employment assistance, 3 meals a day, mentoring
Online Health Resources

Online Health Resources

  • Find a comprehensive list of health resources compiled by GRPL staff.
Online Mental Health Resources for Black & African American Communities

Black Emotional and Mental Health (BEAM)
BEAM is a training, movement building and grant making organization dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black communities. BEAM envisions a world where there are no barriers to Black Healing.

  • Toolkits & Education – Graphics on accountability, self-control, and emotional awareness; journal prompts; articles on Black mental health.
  • Video – Trainings and webinars, recorded and available for free

The Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation
Changing the perception of mental illness in the African-American community by encouraging people to get the help they need; focuses on stigma/self-stigma reduction and building trust between Black people and the mental health field.

  • Resource Guide – Directory of mental health providers and programs that serve the Black community; includes therapists, support groups, etc, but also digital content, faith-based programs, educational programs, etc 

The Loveland Foundation
Financial assistance to Black women & girls seeking therapy. 

InnoPsych’s mission is to bring healing to communities of color by changing the face and feel of therapy. They strive to make therapists of color more visible in the community by creating a path to wellness-themed business ownership; to make it faster (and easier) for people of color to match with a therapist of color; and to create a major shift in how communities of color (or POCs) view therapy. 

Mental Health America
Mental Health America (MHA)’s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and support for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.

Therapy for Black Men
Primarily a therapist directory for Black men seeking therapy; includes some resources and stories.

Therapy for Black Girls
Online space encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls; referral tool to find a therapist in your area.

  • Therapist Directory – Find trusted therapists that can help you navigate being a strong, Black woman; can search for in-office therapists by your location or virtual therapist.  

Safe Black Space
Safe Black Space is the umbrella under which various services are offered to address people of African ancestry’s individual and community reactions to cultural and racial trauma.

The following organizations are among those that offer additional information on this subject, focusing on outreach to Black and African American communities:


Jobs and Financial Counseling

Jobs and Financial Counseling

Michigan Works! (West Michigan)
121 Franklin SE, Suite 120 | 336-4040 or (888)779-7774
215 Straight Ave NW | 336-4460 or (888)779-7774

  • Monday – Friday 8:00a-6:00p
  • Employment and training services. Unemployment compensation.

Community Literacy Directory
1120 Monroe Avenue NW, Suite 240 | Grand Rapids, MI 49503 | 459-5151

  • Operated by the Literacy Center of West Michigan
  • Connecting people of all ages to education and literacy services in West Michigan
  • Topics include: literacy, GED, ESL, job training, computer, citizenship, Spanish, etc.
  • Search area agencies for services and programs

322 Front Ave SW | 242-9130

  • A transitional housing facility for men facing homelessness, including military veterans and men who have been in prison
  • WorkReady: includes a generic job application, Careeer Ready101, and the National Career Readiness Certificate
  • WorkKeys Ready: includes additional training to receive the National Career Readiness Certificate

First United Methodist Church
227 E. Fulton St 49503 | 451-2879 ext.125 |

  • Sign up on Tuesdays only at 7:00am. Bring photo ID. Work 2 hours for $15.

Goodwill Employment Center
3777 Sparks Dr SE | 451-8800 ext. 1177

  • Open from 8:00a to 4:00p
  • One-on-one assistance, resume development, access to community resources, bilingual services, and various employment service programs.
  • Computer lab and phone access available
  • Free computer education courses: Introduction to Computers, Internet, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

M-TECH Service Center – Grand Rapids Community College
622 Godfrey SW 49503 | 234-3800

Women’s Resource Center (WRC)
678 Front Ave. NW Suite 180, 49504 | 458-5443

  • Assessment, testing, counseling, training programs, and resume assistance for women.
  • Computer classes and individual meetings with career counselors.
  • Free access to Clothing Closet for job interviews.

GED and Literacy Services

GED Testing and Classes

Grand Rapids Adult Education – Beckwith School (GRPS)
2405 Leonard ST NE | 819-2734

  • Students must be 20 years or older to participate
  • Offers free test preparation classes
  • Free adult basic education classes to prepare to take the GED class
  • Offers adult ESL classes

Heartside Ministry
54 Division Ave S | 235-7211

  • Offers classes
  • Assistance with test registration
  • Serves as a registered testing facility on Fridays

GED Cafe at Jubilee Jobs
Baxter Community Center, 935 Baxter ST | 774-9944

  • Offers testing in both English and Spanish (Partners with the Hispanic Center of West Michigan)
  • Classes include a registration fee of $25 for Fall/Winter/Spring Sessions and $15 for a six week summer session

Steepletown Neighborhood Services
671 Davis Ave NW | 451-4215 ext. 143 |

  • Specifically geared towards youth ages 14-21 years old
  • Offers classes in both English and Spanish
  • Helps with paid internships, academic assistance, and GED services

Gerald R. Ford Job Corps Center

110 Hall St SE | 243-6877

  • Offers GED training and testing
  • Includes tutoring and basic skills training


Literacy and Citizenship

Literacy Center of West Michigan
1120 Monroe Ave. NW Suite 240 | 459-5151

  • Provides Adult one-on-one tutoring
  • Offers a customized workplace English program
  • Family literacy program works with the whole family to encourage development

GRCC Adult Education Program
622 Godfrey Ave SW | 234-4000

  • Offers Citizenship classes for $20, contact Lorena Aguayo-Marquez 234-3172
  • Offers ESL classes on Saturdays, $25 fee per semester and a $5 Assessment test
  • Offers basic English (ELA) classes to help with a transition to College, Job training,and employment. $25 fee for the semester and a $5 assessment test. Classes in both English and Spanish.

Grand Rapids Learning Center
Partnership between GRCC and GRPS | 819-1045

  • Must be a sophomore in high school based on credits, not age
  • Must have a minimum 9th grade reading level based on testing
  • Must be between ages 16-19
  • Offers an online college prep high school to help students choose a career path, finish high school, and transition to college at GRCC.


Legal Resources

Legal Assistance Center
Located on the 5th Floor of the Kent Count Courthouse
180 Ottawa NW, Suite 5100, 49503 | 632-6000

  • Walk-ins Tuesday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.
  • Free legal aid, information, and referrals. Assistance on do-it-yourself legal issues.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan
89 Ionia NW, Suite 400, 49503 | 774-0672

  • CIVIL LAW ONLY; no criminal cases, no divorce.
  • Free services for low income (at or slightly over poverty guidelines).
  • Free services for seniors age 60 and above.

Women’s Resource Center
678 Front Ave NW, 49504 | 458-5443

  • Divorce Information Workshop
  • Compassionate local attorney presents basic legal information to consider during the divorce process.
  • Workshops are held the second Tuesday every other month from 5:30 -7:00 pm.
  • Requires preregistration. The workshop fee is $20.

Resources for Ex-Offenders

Resources for Ex-Offenders

Library Resources

  • Here you will find a list of books and DVD’s in GRPL’s collection available for checkout aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs and successfully re-enter the outside world.

Legal Aid of Western Michigan

 Ex-Offender Friendly Companies

  • Here is a list of companies with friendly hiring policies for ex-offenders and links to their available job postings.

Ex-Offenders Website

  • This site is specifically for ex-offenders re-entering the work force
  • Provides updated listings of felon friendly companies and offers other resources for Ex-Offenders


322 Front Ave SW, 49504 | 242-9130

  • A transitional housing facility for men facing homelessness, including military veterans and men who have been in prison
  • Provides housing, counseling, employment assistance, 3 meals a day, mentoring



Fish For My People
207 E. Fulton St | 774-2045

  • Call one day in advance, 9am – 3pm. Does not run all days.
  • For doctor’s and other necessary appointments for the handicapped and elderly.

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids
1050 Fuller Ave NE, 49503 | 454-7433

  • American Red Cross drivers take senior citizens, low-income and disabled individuals to medical, mental health and social service appointments.
  • Call Monday – Friday, 8:30a – 4:00p
  • Some emergency funds for transportation may be available.

144 Division Ave S | 454-1661

  • Provide Daily Bus passes with proof of a job/job interview