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.
SECOM Resource Center
1545 Buchanan Avenue SW
“Our mission at SECOM Resource Center is to give help and hope to our neighbors by empowering families to achieve their full potential through healthy living, education, and economic opportunities.”
SECOM is a Key Resource Center that gives help and hope to our neighbors by empowering families to achieve their full potential through healthy living, education, and economic opportunities.
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 differences.
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 Community.”
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.