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Community Resources: Homelessness and Food

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Community Rebuilders

Provides housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless persons with disabilities, chronically homeless individuals, veterans, families, and HIV/AIDS patients.

Dégagé Ministries

Provides immediate needs such as food, hot showers, prescription co-pays, mailing address, storage for belongings, and overnight shelter for women. Additional services include laundromat and hair salon. Assists with navigating obstacles to housing, jobs, sobriety, and health.

Genesis

Permanent, independent, and affordable housing for people with disabilities who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, where appropriate supportive services are provided as part of the normal operation of the housing. 

Guiding Light Mission

Men only. Must enroll in program in order to stay (back to work or substance abuse program). Emergency shelter for transients from 7pm to7am nightly.

Kent County Salvation Army

Provides basic crisis assistance for individuals and families in need of food and utility assistance.

Mel Trotter Ministries

Offers services and assistance with anyone experiencing homelessness. Provides emergency shelter for women. Two meals provided (breakfast and supper). Women should be in the mission by 6:15 p.m.

Women, Youth and Family

*Shelter requires a referral from the Salvation Army Homeless Assistance Program. Referrals are done by phone at 616-454-5840, then select option 2. 

If you are in need of immediate assistance and need to start services please dial 211.

*ICCF Family Haven

Provides emergency family shelter (30 days). Intact couples with children, single fathers with children, single mothers with children, teenage boys with parents. Offers case management.

Safe Haven Ministries

Provides emergency, short-term shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence situations. Also provides case management, legal support, support groups, etc.

*Family Promise of Grand Rapids

Provides emergency needs of families, including housing. Families remain together, and are not split up, regardless of age or gender. Shelter provides computer center, case managers, and mentors to assist in accessing resources for employment and permanent housing.

Dwelling Place: Liz's House Transitioning Housing

  • Confidential
  • (616) 459-4652
  • Crisis and Advocacy: (616) 426-3727

Newly renovated, one and two-bedroom apartments for homeless survivors of domestic violence referred from the YWCA.

Grand Rapids HQ

Homeless and At Risk Youth Drop In Center. Offers case management, free showers, washing machines and kitchen. 

Arbor Circle

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

*Grand Rapids Housing Commission

Provides a bridge between shelters and permanent housing for homeless women with children. Programs offered are residential shelter, counseling, parenting classes and budgeting classes. Must be referred by Salvation Army Homeless Assistance Program.

Food

Community Christian Reformed Church

Every 2nd Saturday of the month they offer a Mobile Food Truck that distributes 5000 pounds of free groceries and fresh produce. Registrations begin at 11 a.m.. Food distribution begins at 1p.m. 

Family Network of Wyoming

Serves walk-in clients ithe Wyoming area. Specialty diet (diabetes, gluten-free, etc.) available.

The Pantry

Provides a week's worth of groceries once a month for residents of southeast Kent County living between US-131 and Patterson Avenue and 28th and 76th streets. 

North End Community Ministry

Provides food pantry via ACCESS for the northeast side of Grand Rapids. Serves clients with food, clothing, holiday baskets, household items, personal needs, and baby items.

Michigan Department of Human Services

Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

Determines financial assistance for emergency shelter, heat and utility needs. Applicants arriving after 11 a.m. may file an application, but may not be interviewed until the next business day.