Living Needs


Access of West Michigan

1700 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508


Phone (616) 774-2175


Access oversees the Food Pantry Network of Kent County, a food referral system of 75 pantries designed to respond to those in need of food assistance.


Baxter Community Center

935 Baxter Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506


(616) 456-8593


Baxter responds to immediate needs like food, clothing, medical care and shelter through a variety of programs and services.

Central Reformed Church

10 College Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 456-1773


On-site food pantry that serves our neighbors once a week on Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 pm, as well as the first and third Tuesdays each month from 5:30-7:00 pm.

City View Church Food Pantry

960 Alpine NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


(616) 419-8181


Emergency food assistance is available on Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and Thursdays from 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm. Call (616) 419-8181 for more information and an appointment.

Community Food Club

1100 South Division Ave.

Grand Rapids, MI 49507


(616) 288-5550


The Community Food Club is open by referral only. Any Kent County household at or below 200% federal poverty is eligible for membership.  


Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Inquiries


121 Franklin St SE #200

Grand Rapids, MI 45907


(616) 248-1000


Apply for benefits through MI Bridges. Includes healthcare, Food Assistance Program, Child Development Care, Cash Assistance, Emergency relief

Downtown Food Pantry

Westminster Food Pantry


47 Jefferson Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 456-6115


Open to all residents that live in the downtown Heartside area. The Pantry provides a 3–5 day supply of emergency food and personal care products to visitors, up to once every 30 days.

East Leonard Food Pantry

1027 Leonard St NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 454-4444


Food pantry hours:


Thursday 1-3 pm. Contact church office for more details

Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church

514 Eastern Avenue SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 454-4888


Eastern Avenue operates a food pantry, providing several days of groceries for families referred by the Baxter Community Center’s marketplace. To obtain a referral from Baxter, call 616-456-8593 to set up an appointment.

God’s Kitchen

303 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 454-4110


A noontime hot meal is served daily at God’s Kitchen in the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Guests are welcomed on a walk-in basis with no questions and no qualifiers.

Grace Christian Reformed Church

100 Buckley St SE 

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 452-8920


Every Tuesday morning Grace Church volunteers distribute food to neighbors in the community that need emergency assistance or would like to supplement their food budgets. 

Meals on Wheels Western Michigan

2900 Wilson Ave SW Suite 500

Grandville, MI 49418


(616) 589-1625


Eligible clients can receive up to two meals per day.


Most meals are delivered 3 days per week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm. The meal can then be heated if needed, and enjoyed by the client at their convenience. Meals come with heating instructions for both microwaves and ovens.

Mel Trotter Ministries

225 Commerce Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 356-1746


Breakfast: 6:40 am – 7:00 am

South Dining Room (entrance on Williams St)


Lunch: 12:20 pm – 1:00 pm

Cook Cafeteria (main entrance on Commerce Ave)


Dinner: 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm

South Dining Room (entrance on Williams St)


There is a minimal cost to staff and non-MTM guests for a meal. Various meal plan options are available.

North End Community Ministry

214 Spencer St NE

Grand Rapids, MI


(616) 454-1097


The pantry provides our clients with a 3-4 day supply of  food and personal care products once a month.  First time pantry visitors see website for details.

Other Way Ministries

710 West Fulton St NW

Grand Rapids, MI


(616) 454-4011 ext. 5330


Emergency food pantry and community outreach center


Food Pantry Hours:


Tuesday 9:30 – 11:30 am, 12:30 – 6 pm

Wednesday 9:30 – 11:30 am

Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 am, 12:30 – 2:30 pm

St. Mary’s Food Pantry

423 First St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


(616) 550-6714


All are welcome at the food pantry at St. Mary Church, which is open on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Name, address, and phone number are asked of everyone who comes for help.

Streams of Hope Food Centers

280 60th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49548


(616) 272-3634 Main


Provides programs supporting under-resourced adults who have one of three chronic diseases: Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, or Chronic Renal disease.

The Pantry

4307 Kalamazoo Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508


(616) 455-9411


The Pantry provides the neighbors of South Kent County with essential ingredients to meet their basic needs and bring stability to their lives.


Mon/Wed/Fri: 10:00 am – 1:45 pm 

Thu: 6:00 pm – 7:45 pm


Allen Manor 1st Community

532 James Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507


(616) 456-6350


First Community A.M.E. Housing, Inc. is a non-profit organization formed to provide safe and adequate housing for the low income senior citizens of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Alpha Prison Ministries

87 Hyacinth St SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49548


(616) 538-4090


Alpha Prison Ministries has two Alpha House facilities that provide a safe and encouraging environment for former inmates to successfully make a transition back into society when they are released from prison.

For Men Only

Baxter Community Center

935 Baxter Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506


(616) 456-8593


Baxter responds to immediate needs like food, clothing, medical care and shelter through a variety of programs and services.

Bridgestone Property Management

2035 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508


(616) 550-4571


Bridgestone Property Management provides a variety of real estate and property management services for apartments and homes throughout Grand Rapids and the surrounding area.

Calumet Flats

303 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 242-1345


Apartments available to those whose income does not exceed 50% gross area median income. Also available to survivors of domestic violence referred by the YWCA.

Community Rebuilders

1120 Monroe Ave NW Suite 220

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 458-5102


Community Rebuilders provides people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible – and then provides services as needed.

Covenant House

26 Antoine St SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49507


(616) 608-1380


Covenant Housing provides shelter and hope to young people ages 18-24 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Covenant House provides youth shelter, educational and vocational programs, and support services to help them find their path to meaningful and successful adulthood.

Degage’s Open Door

Women’s Drop in Center


144 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(Blue doors on side)


(616) 454-1661


Provides services for female residents of Kent County who are eighteen years of age and older and in need of shelter. Capacity 40.

For Women Only

Dwelling Place

101 Sheldon Ave SE Suite 2

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 454-0928


Dwelling Place has several housing communities in West Michigan, including homes, apartments, supportive housing, and housing for domestic violence survivors.

Eastbrook Apartments

2329 Timberbrook Dr SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49546


(616) 975-9250


Based off income but not subsidized. Please call the property to find out the current qualifications and rental assistance programs.

Exodus Transitional Housing

322 Front St SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


(616) 242-9130


Works with those coming out of jail, prison, and those with CSC charges. Rooms for men only. Must have some type of income: Social Security, S.S. I., Disability, Veterans Benefits, Unemployment, or must be employed (working). Works with job assistance programs as well. It is not a shelter / mission. There are fees. Shared rooms are $475 each person. Your own room is $630. Includes utilities.

For Men Only

Family Promise of Grand Rapids – Fulton Manor

516 Cherry Street, S.E.

Grand Rapids, MI 49503




The Fulton Manor Emergency Family Shelter provides a warm, safe place to stay for up to 75 families.  Families are referred to the shelter through United Way’s 2-1-1 and Salvation Army Housing Assessment Program. 

Guiding Light Mission – Housing

255 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids MI 49503


(616) 451-0236


Shelter is for men only; must be in by 8:00 pm for a bed. No late admittance. (Degage passes ok). Those that attend chapel at 6 pm are first in line for dinner and beds. Dinner starts around 6:30 pm after chapel finishes. Wake up time is 6:00 am weekdays and 6:30 am on weekends.

For Men Only

Hillview Townhouses and Apartments

602 Hillview Place

Rockford, MI 49341


(616) 866-2535


This apartment accepts HUD subsidies. For HUD subsidized apartments, if you qualify for low income housing and they have available apartments, rent is based on 30% of your Adjusted Gross Income. Call for details.

ICCF Family Haven Shelter

701 Prospect Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 247-4949


Offers 30-day shelter for families with children. Must have at least one child to stay at the shelter. Must be referred by H.A.P., D.H.S., or I.C.C.F.


Inter Faith Hospitality Network

(Also known as Family Promise)


906 S. Division

Grand Rapids, MI 49507


(616) 475-5220


Offers 30-day shelter for families.

Matthew’s House Transitional Ministry

766 7th Street NW

Grand Rapids Michigan



(616) 233-3006.


We focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, social and economic functionality by not only providing transitional housing but also daily drug and alcohol counseling, daily bible studies, computer skills training, resume building and business incubation services.


Visited by Set Free Ministries

Mel Trotter Men’s Shelter

225 Commerce Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 454-8249


Men must be in by 7 pm & go to chapel from 7-8 pm. Beds are at 8 pm. Wake up time is at 5:45 am. Breakfast is at 6:15 am. Must leave by 6:30 am. Must stay overnight for breakfast. Mel Trotter does not take late passes. Dinner at 5:15 pm everyday.

For Men Only

Mel Trotter Women’s Shelter

225 Commerce Ave SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 454-8249


Women have to be in by 7 pm. Must be in by 5 pm. if you want dinner at 5:15 pm. Wake up time is 6 am. Breakfast is at 7 am. Must leave by 8:00 am. And be back by 7 pm. Also must be looking and attempting to find a job and an apartment or other housing. Weekly reports are required (May stay for up to 60 days).

For Women Only

Old Mill of Sand Lake Apartments

86 Third Street

Sand Lake, MI 49343


(616) 696-9678


Old Mill Apartments offers affordable rent with quick access to Grand Rapids. Within walking distance to a grocery store, the library and post office. Heat is free.

Red Flannel Acres

311 Oak Court

Cedar Springs, MI 49319


(616) 696-3920


An affordable family community offering one and two bedroom apartments. Our apartments are equipped with major kitchen appliances, energy saving windows, and air conditioning.

Rouge Valley Tower

59 South Main St

Rockford, MI 49341


(616) 866-0371


Rogue Valley Towers is a four-story high-rise located at 59 South Main Street, in downtown Rockford, Michigan. There are 52 apartments in the building.

The Bridge

A program of Arbor Circle


1115 Ball Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


616-451-3001 – Susan Shepard


The Bridge of Arbor Circle is a safe shelter program for youth, ages 10-17, who are facing homelessness or considering running away. In the middle of a crisis, The Bridge offers youth a stable and accessible place to stay. Located in Grand Rapids, our facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.

United Methodist Community House – First Step House

904 Sheldon Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507


(616) 452-3226


Transitional housing/program for women that are victims of prostitution and drug addiction. Requires referral. Must be willing and serious about leaving the street, drug and prostitution lifestyle. Prefer clean for 90 days.

For Women Only

Well House

600 Cass St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 245-3910


Provides safe, affordable housing to the homeless.


70×7 Life Recovery

Formerly Criminal Justice Chaplaincy


2950 Clyde Park SW

Wyoming, MI 49509


(616) 454-4925 ext. 14


70×7 provides the skills, tools and support necessary to successfully reintegrate into the community following a period of incarceration.

               Visited by Set Free Ministries


1550 Leonard St. NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 336-4100


One division of ACSET is through West Michigan Works. They administer a wide range of employment training programs and services for employers, employees and job seekers through a network of local Service Centers and partnerships with community organizations.

Adecco Staffing

545 Michigan St NE #101

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 247-4754


Adecco Staffing is looking for candidates for permanent and temporary staffing job opportunities.

Alpha Center of Grand Rapids

1725 South Division Ave

Grand Rapids, MI 49507


(616) 459-9955


Provides personalized pregnancy support to women and couples.  Job and career support will be offered once Men’s Center is completed.

Covenant House

26 Antoine St SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49507


(616) 608-1380


Covenant Housing provides shelter and hope to young people ages 18-24 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Covenant House provides youth shelter, educational and vocational programs, and support services to help them find their path to meaningful and successful adulthood.

EG Workforce Solutions

3682 29th St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512


(616) 949-2303


Offers opportunity outside the standard work hours of Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm. They also provide tools and networks needed to work as a group.

Forge Industrial Staffing

5011 28th Street SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512


(616) 977-3700


Forge Job Portal


Various employment positions in assembly, production, forklift, hanging parts on a paint line, and packing.

Grand Rapids Urban League

745 Eastern Ave SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 245-2207


Employment Services for individual job seekers including employment assessment, employment counseling and placement, partnership services for employers, and broader business community.


Hope Network- Return to Work

1490 East Beltline SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506




Our programs prepare people with employability assessments, individualized work readiness programs, and community integration so they are ready for employment. From there, we provide individualized job placement, return to work assistance with the person’s employer, and on-the-job coaching.

Jubilee Jobs

935 Baxter St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506


(616) 774-9944


Provides a bridge to prosperity for individuals and families through programs and services.


Michigan Rehabilitation Services


750 Front St NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 242-6450


Partners with individuals and employers to achieve quality employment outcomes and independence for individuals with disabilities.


2935 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512


(616) 957-0461


Provides recruitment and assessment, training and development, career management, outsourcing, and workforce consulting.



MI Works (Michigan Works)

215 Straight Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

(616) 336-4460


121 Franklin St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49507

(616) 336-4040


A workforce developmental association serving employers and job seekers throughout Michigan


Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency

3391 Plainfield Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525


(616) 361-3200 / (866) 500-0017


Collects unemployment taxes from employers and provides temporary income for workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own.


Next Steps of West Michigan

100 Garden St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49506


(616) 243-4477


Next Step is a faith-based nonprofit employing people coming out of prison or rehab and providing them with a community of support that will help them integrate into the workforce, regain hope and empower themselves to create a better future.

Women’s Resource Center

678 Front Street NW Suite 180

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


(616) 458-5443


Offers programs that focus on low-income single mothers, women who are justice- involved, unemployed and underemployed women who faces challenges in the workplace.

For Women Only

Workbox Staffing

1350 Scribner Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504


(616) 242-9919


Caters to jobs in manufacturing, light industrial work, warehouse operations and office support.


Cherry Street Health Centers

Heart of the City Health Center


100 Cherry St. SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


(616) 965-8200


Income based health care. DHS caseworker can

provide bus pass for medical appointment.


300 Ellsworth Ave. SW

Grand Rapids, MI


(616) 776-1100


Designed for individuals with a documented disability. A service of the Rapid.

Great Lake Taxi

1940 28th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49508


(616) 241-5150


Open 24 Hours


Passenger Adaptive Suburban Service


(616) 776-1100


Pass Website


Suburban feeder shuttle that transports passengers from their curb to The Rapid fixed-route system. If you live more than one-third of a mile off a bus line, PASS may be able to connect you to the nearest bus stop for only $3.50. This fare includes a transfer to the fixedroute bus. Call for details.

Ride Link




Ridelink Website


RideLink provides Kent County adults, age 60+, affordable transportation throughout Kent County. Seniors can schedule a ride to a medical appointment, the grocery store, or even to visit a friend.

Senior Neighbors

Grand Rapids Senior Center


333 Division Ave S

Grand Rapids, MI


(616) 459-3040


Distributes Grand Rapids City Bus tickets to seniors who need public transportation so they can access essential services.

The Rapid

Grand Rapids Area Transit Authority


300 Ellsworth Avenue SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4005


(616) 456-7514 Main

(616) 456-6141 Go!Bus  (main site)


system map (PDF download)


Cost: $1.75 one way, .85 for disabled/seniors

Wheels to Work

A Program of Hope Network


755 36th Street Southeast

Grand Rapids, MI 49548 




Wheels to Work is all about helping you get to work – reliably and affordably. Our shared fare plan is designed so that you pay a small cost, and your employer does the same. You’ll be picked up at one of our hubs and dropped off where you work.

Yellow Cab

1412 Kalamazoo Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI


(616) 459-4646


Open 24 hours

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