Meet the Partners
Baxter Community Center
935 Baxter St. SE
"A Christian Response to Human Needs."
Baxter Community Center seeks to reveal God's love by responding to
human needs in its community through effective programs and
partnerships. Baxter's response primarily includes addressing immediate
needs, assisting individuals to become responsible, productive and
self-sufficient, and affirming the positive qualities in individuals and
the community. Baxter Community Center was founded in 1969 as a
response to the civil strife, profound racial tension, and significant
unmet needs mounting in the core city of Grand Rapids. Every program
provided begins with the realization of a need or desire within our
community and is implemented as a pathway out of poverty for families, a
steadfast resource for basic human needs, and a safe haven for young
people in our community.
New Hope Baptist Church
130 Delaware, SW
"A place where Heaven visits Earth!"
Founded in 1934, New Hope Baptist Church defines itself by their
tireless and faithful service to the needs of humanity. Educating,
Equipping, and Empowering are the three ministry imperatives that drive
all of our activity. Recently, New Hope added to their already extensive
list of services the Voices for America's Children program, the nation's
largest network of multi-issue child advocacy organizations. The purpose
of Voices for America's Children is to lead advocacy efforts at the
community, state and federal levels to improve the lives of all
children, especially those most vulnerable, and their families.
SouthEnd Community Outreach Ministries (SECOM)
1545 Buchanan Avenue SW
"SECOM is a faith based organization that provides a food pantry for our
ACCESS service area and offers learning opportunities for the people of
SECOM (South End Community Outreach Ministries) is an independent
charitable organization serving Kent County by providing emergency
assistance, offering opportunities for individual growth and
development, and supporting the families in our community. SECOM offers
a variety of programs designed to teach life skills including programs
in better personal health, child rearing, family support, and
Steepletown Neighborhood Services
671 Davis NW
Steepletown is a faith-based organization, whose mission is to promote "neighbor helping
neighbor live with dignity and hope."
In 1993 three churches, the Basilica of Saint Adalbert, Saint James, and
Saint Mary's, realized the value in working together to address the
needs of persons living on the West Side. As a result, Steepletown was
founded and incorporated in 1994. Its mission reflects the
neighborliness of the West Side: "to promote neighbor helping neighbor
live with dignity and hope." Steepletown accomplishes this mission
through creative programs and services, and by managing a neighborhood
center that provides space to other agencies working on the West Side.
The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
1204 Grandville Ave SW
"Maximizing the potential of Hispanics in the community."
The Hispanic Center of Western offers educationally based programs to
the Latino and broader community to provide and avenue towards self
sufficiency and build a stronger community by investing in families,
adults and children. The Center also focuses on the common thread that
unites all people: a desire for understanding and respect of our
The Other Way Ministries
837 Sibley NW
"We are a Christian Ministry that walks alongside Westown urban families as they strive to
grow spiritually, relationally and economically."
Established in 1967, "The Other Way Ministries" is a Grand Rapids,
Michigan, West side urban outreach committed to Christian community
development. Their strategic focus is Family Development: Walking
alongside families as they set goals and seek growth through services,
programs and leadership development centered around three pivotal areas:
Spiritual, Relational and Economic.
United Methodist Community House (UMCH)
904 Sheldon, SE
"To increase the ability of children, youth, adults and families to succeed in a diverse
The United Methodist Community House is a non-profit agency satisfying
the needs of and offering opportunities for children, youth, families
and seniors since it opened its doors in 1902. UMCH offers a variety of
programs that span a lifetime through the Child Development Department,
the Youth Development Department, the Family Development Department, and
the Senior Development Department.