Flat River Outreach Ministries emergency assistance.

Flat River Outreach Ministries, also known as FROM, strives to provide access to the basic needs neighbors in the Lowell School district. The non-profit organization will also work to increase economic independence by providing a variety of assistance programs and services as noted below.

The FROM Connections office is available to offer support to clients. At this office the client can get free information and referral, direct services such as those listed below and that follow, and also access to job search assistance.

In addition to that office, Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM) also provides food assistance. There is also medical equipment loans, help at Christmas, VITA income tax preparation and other seasonal programs. There is also a thrift store, and at the location they will offer gently used but affordable clothing, housewares and furniture. This location is called the FROM Treasure’s Thrift Shop.

Flat River Outreach Ministries

Several assistance programs are available from Flat River Outreach Ministries for families in need in the Lowell Area School District. The charity organization can provide support to residents, often in partnership with other agencies in Kent County. Some examples of what may be provided food pantry, kid’s lunches over school breaks, backpacks and school supplies, information and referral services and much more.

There are several seasonal programs for families in need of assistance during specific times of the year, such as the Christmas distribution mentioned below. These programs may be reviewed via the FROM calendar, or residents of the Lowell Area School District can dial 616-897-8260 for further information.





The free Christmas Distribution service is available each December. Flat River Outreach Ministries offers food baskets and access to a toy shop during the holiday for families in the Lowell Area School District who may be unable to provide gifts for their children this holiday season.  This free holiday distribution gifts is available to low income and struggling families living in the Lowell School District with children under the age of 18. Christmas food baskets containing groceries for a holiday meal is available to those in need living in the Lowell Area School District.

FROM offers the free use of medical equipment through their Medical Equipment Loan Closet. Individuals may borrow medical equipment for as long as they need at no cost. All medical equipment is donated so the items available will vary. Items often available include shower chairs, wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches. Equipment is available for pickup during regular office hours or by calling 616-897-8260. Donations of gently used medical equipment is also accepted. Or find more information free medical equipment that is loaned out.

Flat River Outreach Ministries Treasures Thrift Shop sells gently used goods at affordable prices. The store sells furniture, clothing and housewares, books, toys, and more. Profits from the store support Flat River Outreach Ministries’ programs and stay within the community to help our neighbors in need.





A Backpack Distribution service is available for families in need living in the Lowell Area School District. Families in need can sign up ahead of time to receive a new backpack and school supplies for their children. The program helps children start the school year off right.

With partners including the United Way and the federal government branch of the IRS, FROM offers free tax preparation and e-filing as part of VITA Tax Program. This is a resource for low to moderate income households in Kent County. Certified volunteers work with consumers to maximize tax credits and refunds that they may receive on their returns.

Food assistance from FROM

There are several resources that focus on Feeding Families. There is aid for those who live in the Lowell Area School District and are in need of no-cost nutritious foods.

There are a few different food programs available, and they can reach people of all ages living in the Lowell Area School District. These four programs are the Mobile Food Pantry, Kid’s Lunch Program (free lunches to children during school breaks), client choice Food Pantry and Commodities. These all provide groceries and nutritional support to those with limited financial resources.

The Client Choice Food Pantry indicated above is for families, senior citizens or individuals who live in the Lowell Area School District and are in need of emergency food or in a household where the income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. In order to get help, people must meet the qualifications listed above and then can sign up during regular Pantry hours by bringing a current ID and proof of residence (a piece of 1st class mail from the last thirty days).. For those that can use the pantry, consumers may shop once per month at the site to supplement household needs.




More information on FROM - Flat River Outreach Ministries

As noted, there are various social services, assistance programs and other support for clients in the region. For more information on Flat River Outreach Ministries and their programs, the main office is at 11535 Fulton St E, Lowell, Michigan 49331. Or call (616) 897-8260 or visit www.fromlowell.org


By Jon McNamara

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