Community Referrals

Grand Rapids is a good community with many organizations that may be able to support you! See below. They are listed in alphabetical order.


Employment and Workforce Training

Bethany Refugee Adult and Family Programs

(Employment services up to five years after arrival)

1050 36th St SE, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

616-224-7540 / egonzalez@bethany.org


Grand Rapids Community College Integrated Workforce Training Program

Adult education and literacy activities, training for specific occupations and career coaching.

143 Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 234-2347 / leanngarrison@grcc.edu


English Classes

English classes are offered through Bethany Refugee Adult & Family Programs, Beckwith Adult Education, Wyoming Community Education, Literacy Center of West Michigan, GRCC, and many others. Bethany offers cultural orientation classes too.


Classes through Bethany held at Grand Rapids International Fellowship (GRIF)

(Must be enrolled in Bethany or Samaritas program)

3765 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

616-224-7540 / sbrinks@bethany.org


Food

If food is needed immediately, call 2-1-1 (or 1-800-887-1107) for the closest food pantry.


Food pantries list available at Access of West Michigan

616-774-2175 / http://accessofwestmichigan.org/

Salvation Army: Food Pantry

1215 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-459-9468


Mel Trotter Ministries: Food Pantry

225 Commerce SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

616-588-8728


General Assistance / Case Management

Bethany Christian Services Post Resettlement Program (eligible up to five years after arrival)

1050 36th St SE, Ste 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

616-224-7540 / TSigns@bethany.org


Thrive Refugee Support Center

3334 Breton Road SE, Kentwood, MI 49512

616-421-2500 / thriveall87@gmail.com


Senior Neighbors (over age 60)

678 Front Ave NW, Suite 205 Grand Rapids, MI 49504

616233-0294 / rstenfors@seniorneighbors.org


Samaritas: Intensive Case Management Program

(Limited eligibility up to five years after arrival)

207 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-356-1934 / ccava@samaritas.org


Housing

If there is a housing crisis, contact 2-1-1 (or 1-800-887-1107)


Salvation Army: Housing Assistance Program

1120 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-454-5840


Health & Counseling Services

Healing Center & Counseling,

Bethany Refugee Adult and Family Programs

(Counseling & limited case management if eligible, no time limit)

1050 36th St SE, Suite 400, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

616-224-7540 / csjoblom@bethany.org


Samaritas: Survivors of Torture

(Counseling, no time limit)

207 Fulton St E, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-356-1934 / bdebl@samaritas.org


Cherry Street Health Services

(With or without insurance, low-cost medical, dental, vision, behavioral, & counseling services)

100 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-965-8308 / 616-965-8200

newpatient@cherryhealth.com


Leonard Street Counseling Center (Cherry Health)

(Mental health counseling, substance use treatment, psychiatric services, health promotion)

1400 Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 954-1991


Exalta Health

(If NO insurance, free or low-cost medical, dental, vision, behavioral, counseling, diabetes services)

15 Andre St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

616-475-8446 / http://www.exaltalhealth.org/


Oasis of Hope Center

(If NO insurance, free or low-cost medical services, counseling, diabetes & life skills education)

522 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

616-451-8868 / info@ohcgr.org; http://ohcgr.org/


Arbor Circle

(Mental health counseling, substance use treatment, family development)

1115 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 456-6571 / www.arborcircle.org


Immigration Assistance

Immigration Legal Services, Diocese of Grand Rapids

213 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-551-4746 / www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org/


Justice for Our Neighbors

227 Fulton St E, Suite 3101 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-301-7461 / jfon_assist@jfonwestmichigan.org

http://jfonwestmichigan.org/


City Life Church Immigration Connection

574 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-855-0563 / office@citylifeonline.net


Grand Rapids Community College Citizenship Classes

616-234-3172 or 616-454-4874 / grcc.edu/citizenshipclasses


Immunizations & (Initial) Health Screening

Kent County Health Department

700 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-632-7100 / 1-888-515-1300

www.accesskent.com/health/healthdepartment


IOM Travel Loan

Information about refugee travel loans through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) if resettled through Bethany Christian Services:

212-870-3361 / travelloans@cwsglobal.org

Payments should be made to Church World Service

and mailed to:

Church World Service – IOM Loan

475 Riverside Dr. Suite 700

New York, NY 10115


Public Benefits- Applying for Medicaid, Food and Cash Assistance:

Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)

121 Franklin St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

616-248-1000 / www.michigan.gov/mibridges


School Enrollment & Summer Program

Refugee Education Center

(eligible up to three years after arrival)

2130 Enterprise St SE, Kentwood, MI 49508

616-247-9611 / info@refugeeeducationcenter.org


Secretary of State’s Office: Applying for Michigan ID or Driver’s License

Any Michigan Secretary of State’s Office can assist with Michigan IDs or driver’s licenses. The most common locations are:


Roger’s Plaza

1506 Rogers Plaza SW, Wyoming, MI 49509

888-767-6424 / 517-322-1166


Shops at CenterPoint

3601 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512

888-767-6424 / 517-322-1166


Social Security: Applying for Social Security Number or Disability Income

Social Security Administration

3045 Knapp St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

877-319-5710


Women's Health Be a Rose, Inc. Women's health workshops, provision of feminine hygiene products and education on their proper use and disposal, and culturally-sensitive workshops on personal hygiene expectations in American workplace. See website for topic calendar.

Classes: 15 Andre St. SE. Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Mailing address: 6026 Kalamazoo Ave. SE. #129 Grand Rapids, MI 49508 616-990-3353 / www.bearose.org / info@bearose.org





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