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Western Michigan Catholic Charities assistance programs.

Catholic Charities of Western Michigan can help the low income in Kent County, Kalamazoo, and surrounding areas. The faith based, non-profit organization offers a number of assistance programs and services across the state. While what is available at each location will vary, in general some of the resources available are below.

  • Limited financial help in a crisis to help pay for rent, utility bills, critical transportation (such as a trip to a job interview or work) and more.
  • Interviews for assessment and evaluation. The first step is to understand the client and their challenges.
  • Programs for children include residential care, Headstart, Healthy Start, Mentoring for Youth, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
  • Women and children can look into Michigan shelters for abused women and children, pregnancy services, as well as domestic violence treatment.
  • Case management, referrals, community education and outreach are offered at Catholic Charities.
  • Senior assistance includes Social Security Payee programs and in-home services.
  • Emergency assistance includes short/long term transitional housing, Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and EAP.

All available Catholic Charity financial or material aid also depends on available funding and contributions from the community. Services offered in Grand Rapids and nearby areas often include these.

Free food, baby items, and programs for new or single moms

The western Michigan Catholic Charities Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry helps residents in downtown Muskegon. The center is a volunteer-run pantry that works with local churches and is part of the overall charity organization. The food banks helps people of all backgrounds. The volunteers from Loaves and Fishes work one-on-one with qualified clients as they choose the free food and groceries that best fits their family’s needs. 1095 Third Street, Muskegon, phone (231) 726-4735. The center can only be used once per month at most.

The Baby & Toddler Pantries is a program offered by Catholic Charities of Western Michigan and is located in both Muskegon and Grand Rapids. These locations offer a selection of gently used and new items for qualified toddlers, babies and infants at no cost. Visitors to the pantry need to be able to prove that they are the primary custodian or parent for each child needing supplies or items from the pantry. Volunteers and donations are always needed from members of the community.

 

 

 

The Catholic Charity Baby Pantries are open to anyone who is responsible for the bills and expenses for a young child of up to 6 years of age. Call the center for more information on hours and details on what is offered. 303 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, call (616) 454-4110. The Muskegon Michigan Baby Pantry is at 1095 Third St, Muskegon. Phone number is (231) 726-4735. If more resources are needed, then find other assistance programs that give out free baby stuff.

Catholic Charity financial resources in Grand Rapids region and western Michigan

All of these resources are limited and depend on the Catholic Charity church. Funding also comes and goes and often runs out. But Catholic Charities may be able to offer the following financial aid programs in the region or give referrals.

A major focus is on homeless prevention. If and when funding allows some churches have homeless shelters with a bed, hygiene supplies or a hot meal. Catholic Charities in the Kent County region may also have limited funds to pay some back rent costs.

Another goal is to help the uninsured, low income, immigrants and vulnerable access medical or dental care. Much of this will be volunteer clinics that go through the western Michigan region, such as in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Holland, and other region. Volunteer dentists, doctors, and medical professionals all help the low income get the treatment they need, often in partnership with local churches. Read more on free low income dental clinics in Michigan.

Referrals can be given too to government aid, SNAP food stamps, affordable housing programs, Medicaid, drug treatment centers and more. Catholic Charity case workers in Kalamazoo and Kent County also have information on other local non-profits or social services for the less fortunate.

 

 

 

 

Representative Payee Services is for seniors. It will ensure that low-income, at risk families and individuals continue to receive their monthly federal government Social Security Administration benefits and utilize those benefits to pay personal expenses, rent, food, clothing, or medical bills. Specialists from Catholic Charities also help individuals understand their finances and prepare budgets to ensure that basic needs are met. The agency assists seniors and individuals in becoming functionally independent.

Locations of the Catholic charity centers in western Michigan are below.

As noted, there are many partner churches. Each has their own assistance programs as well as limited resources. Find churches of Catholic Charities in western MI below.

Kent County Grand Rapids, 40 Jefferson SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, phone number (616) 356-6247
Catholic Charities Ionia County, 601 E. Washington Street, Suite A, Ionia, Michigan 48846, dial (616) 522-0836
Mecosta County, 212 1/2 Maple, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307, phone number is (231) 796-1583
Catholic Charities Montcalm County is located at 221 W. Main, Suite B, Stanton, Michigan 48888. Call (989) 831-8306
CSS Muskegon County, 1095 Third Street, Suite 125, Muskegon, Michigan 49441, call (231) 726-4735 for intake
Berrien County, 100 Main Street, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022, main phone number (616) 356-6247
Mason County, 5816 W. U.S. 10, Suite C, Ludington, Michigan 49431, (231) 843-4899
Newaygo County, 1195 East Wilcox, PO Box 912, White Cloud, Michigan 49439, (231) 689-6701
Catholic Charities Oceana County, 11 Washington, Hart, Michigan 49420, telephone (231) 873-0250
Ottawa County, 6660 Blain Lane, Holland, Michigan 49420, (616) 796-9595
God's Kitchen, 303 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, call 616.454.4110
40 Jefferson Ave SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, call 866.271.6796
Kalamazoo County is served by a center at 1441 S Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, toll free number is 269-381-9800

 

 

 

 

5868 West US 10, Ludington, MI 49431, phone number 231.843.4899
406 N. State Street, Suite D PO Box 480, Stanton, MI 48888, dial 800.589.8184
601 E. Washington Street, Suite A, Ionia, MI 48846, 866.271.6796 or call 616.522.0836
605 S Third Ave, Ste AA, Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-8641, phone number 231.796.1583
Holland 355 Settlers Road, Holland, MI 49424, phone: 616.796.9595
100 W. Main Street, Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022-3606, dial 866.314.5952
1195 East Wilcox, PO Box 912, White Cloud, MI 49349, main phone 231.689.6701
Gallery 303 Division Avenue South, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, 616-224-1294

By Jon McNamara

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