There are many places you can call to get help or groups you can join for support in the Grand Rapids Area. Counselors at the Counseling and Career Center can help you make the initial contact if you don't feel comfortable taking the first step on your own. Personal counseling is also available to Grand Rapids Community College students. Please call (616) 234-3900 for an appointment to receive assistance.
- Local Agencies and Services
- Help Lines
- Support Groups
There are many services that can help you during a challenge. Whether you need shelter, free legal aid, adoption counseling or seek an educational enrichment program, the services are right here in Grand Rapids. If you are uncertain which agency would best meet your needs, contact the United Way First Call for Help - 211 hotline for a referral.
Also, the Family Resource Guide provides individuals a convenient source of information regarding services and programs to support children and their families in the Kent County area.
These listings are not an endorsement by the Grand Rapids Community College Counseling and Career Center and are offered as a resource only.
Alpha Women's Center (616) 459-9955 services include free pregnancy testing, confidential counseling, and information about alternatives to abortion, STDs, and fetal development. Clothing and supplies for children 0-24 months, and maternity clothing are also available. Housing option: Omega Maternity Home - provides safe nurturing environment where women can stay while awaiting the arrival of their babies. Licensed counselor guides them as they make life-changing decisions.
Pregnancy Resource Center (616) 456-6873 or TEXT to (616) 284-1545 provides information on pregnancy, abortion, adoption, medical care referrals, and social services. Services include free, walk-in pregnancy tests (results while you wait) and counseling, ultrasounds (with some restrictions), inexpensive HIV and sexually transmitted infection testing, treatment and counseling, as well as parenting classes.
D.A. Blodget Services (616) 451-2021 non-profit child welfare agency serving over 2,200 disadvantaged and abused children per year throughout West Michigan through various foster care, adoption, counseling and mentoring services (Big Brothers/Big Sisters).
Arbor Circle Corporation (616) 456-7775 provides individual and family counseling, group intervention for adolescents, support and information for first time mothers, services to families with infants and children at risk of abandonment, counseling for families and individuals with life threatening illnesses, support for homeless youth (16-20), in-home early intervention program for infant and toddlers, parenting support groups, temporary shelter for youth (10-17), and many other programs.
Department of Human Services Kent County (616) 247-6000 helps individuals and families meet financial, medical, and social needs; assists people to become self-sufficient; and helps protect children and adults from abuse, neglect and exploitation.
In the Image (616) 456-6150 links gently used clothing, housewares, furniture and appliances with families in need in a manner that enhances dignity, embraces choice, encourages participation and builds a community of diversity.
Ronald McDonald House of West Michigan (616) 776-1300 provides a community supported facility and complimentary services whose dedicated staff and volunteers are committed to providing a safe, clean, and caring HOME AWAY FROM HOME for the families of pediatric patients.
Senior Discounts provides the most complete and accurate listing of all senior-related discounts for goods and services throughout the U.S.
Children's Health Insurance Program (YMCA) (616) 855-9686 (English flyer) The Healthy Kids program is a Medicaid health care program for low-income children under the age of 19 and for pregnant women of any age. There is no monthly premium for Healthy Kids. The program provides a comprehensive package of health care benefits including vision, dental and mental health services. MI Child is a health care program administered by the Department of Community Health. It is for the low income uninsured children of Michigan's working families. MI Child has a higher income limit than Healthy Kids but offers the same comprehensive coverage, including vision, dental and mental health services. MI Child costs only$10 a month regardless of how many children are in the family. There are no further deductibles or premiums to pay.
Dental Clinics several clinics have been identified to help low-income individuals and families with their dental needs. The GRCC Dental Clinic also provides services at a low cost; call GRCC at (616) 234-4237 for details.
Health Department of Kent County (616) 336-3030 offers 8 locations throughout the county. Provides routine childhood, adult, TB testing, and travel immunizations, public health clinics, and women-infant-children (WIC) nutrition program.
Kent Health Plan A (616) 248-1000 provides a community based health improvement program for qualifying Kent County residents who do not have access to health care services. Specific enrollment periods apply.
Vision Services Cherry Street Health Clinic — (616) 776-2120 for the uninsured in Grand Rapids, MI. Services include comprehensive eye examinations, dilated eye exams, dispensing of eye glasses and diagnosis and treatment of eye disease. Michigan College of Optometry faculty and students provides these services at no charge to CSHS or the patient. To cover administrative costs, CSHS requires a minimum payment of $15.00 at the time services are provided. In addition, eligibility for sliding fee services is based on income and family size
Adult and Community Education (Grand Rapids Public School) (616) 819-2119 provides GED preparation, ESL program, non-credit Enrichment classes, Skill Preparation Program, High School completion and more.
GED Program information contact (616) 819-2734
Godwin Learning Center (616) 252-2040 deliver educational opportunities and services. Offers courses in Business, Computers, English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Inc.(616) 532-4200 or (800) 294-4742 assists people with disabilities or other barriers to realize their full employment potential and to be self-reliant, self-supporting and contributing members of our society.
Grand Rapids Help Wanted offers free online resume posting, allows you to search for jobs, and receive automatic emails with job ads matching your credentials. If you are a recruiter you can also post jobs for a fee.
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan (616) 233-0566 a non-profit organization primarily serving the needs of the Hispanic/Latino Community. Provides employment assistance, community outreach, information and referrals.
Michigan Works! (616) 336-4040 The Michigan Works! System is a customer-driven workforce development system that serves employers and job seekers to ensure that employers have the skilled workers they need and workers have good jobs that provide economic self-sufficiency.
West Michigan Legal Services (800) 442-2777 or (616) 774-0672 provides free legal assistance to low-income persons encountering a civil (non-criminal) legal problem including divorce, spousal or child abuse, public assistance, consumer rights or tenants' rights.
Network 180 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (616) 336-3535 or toll free (800) 749-7720 provides immediate assessment, referral, and support for any kind of mental health or substance abuse problem, including depression, anxiety, stress reactions, family conflicts, suicidal thoughts, mental illness. Services available regardless of age, race, disability or income level.
Fountain Hill Center (616) 456-1178 offers services to couples, families, individuals, and children in a variety of capacities. Committed to understanding individuals' unique concerns and to guide them towards a more gratifying life experience.
Forest View Hospital (800) 949-8439 or (616) 942-9610 provides individualized treatment for a broad range of psychiatric disorders. Services include: 24 hour assessment and referral, adult services, child and adolescent services, general psychiatric inpatient, partial hospitalization, trauma, eating disorders, and detox/dual diagnosis.
Our Hope Association (616) 451-2039 the mission is to provide a rehabilitative program for recovering female alcoholics, including those who may be involved with other drug dependencies, in a residential or outpatient setting, regardless of ability to pay.
Pine Rest (616) 455-5000 or (616) 455-9200 offers Inpatient Hospitalization, Partial Hospitalization, Outpatient Counseling through our Clinic Network, Residential Services, Home Health Care, and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Psychology.
Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (616) 771-4171 provides provides practical training opportunities for graduate students by offering low cost mental health services to residents of southwestern Michigan. Individual counseling for persons experiencing personal, educational, or vocational concerns is the primary service. Other services include marital/family therapy, group counseling, and psychological assessment.
YWCA Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Programs (616) 459-4681 or 24 hours at (616) 451-2744 provides 24 hour crisis intervention and forensic medical examinations for survivors of rape. Also offers individual counseling, support groups, short-term respite for survivors unable to return to their homes or who are homeless.
Guiding Light Mission (616) 451-0236 a nonprofit Christian organization which ministers to the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged through spiritual, educational, and vocational services in the Grand Rapids area.
Home Repair Services of Kent County (616) 241-2601 offers resources for low income homeowners. These include critical repairs, the construction of home access ramps, a tool library, a source of affordable building materials, home maintenance classes and foreclosure prevention counseling.
Mel Trotter Ministries (616) 682-4663 provides outreach ministry to the poor and homeless population and homeless population of Grand Rapids. Services include support groups, education classes, worship, and some emergency food and clothing.
The Gay and Lesbian Community Network of West Michigan (616) 458-3511 Serving the LGBT communities of Western Michigan through networking, referrals, and resources. Also, LGBTQ Student Resources & Support
Kent County Literacy Council (616) 459-5151 the mission of the Kent County Literacy Council is to help people reach their individual goals by improving their reading and language skills and to increase community awareness of the benefits of literacy.
Internet Essentials 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) Home Internet service and a low cost computer for $9.95+tax if your child receives free or reduced price lunches, you may qualify. Contact Comcast for more information and qualification details.
No Abuse (Domestic Violence)
No Means No (sexual assault)
see list for contact information
Women for Sobriety
Child Locator Tip Line
Home Heating (Energy Assistance)
Medicaid Helpline (Clients)
Tuition Incentive (TIP)
Welfare Fraud (Client)