Community Resources

Other Resources in the Grand Rapids Area

Low-cost and Free Health and Wellness Classes

Health and Wellness Classes from Spectrum Health (

Kent County Health Department Health Education Classes (

Nutrition Education

Kent County MSU Extension Nutrition Classes (
Learn about reading labels, planning meals, food safety, and cooking skills.  Call (616) 336-3265 or ask a Catherine’s Nurse or Lifestyle Counselor to send a referral on your behalf.

Choose MyPlate (

Gym Membership Assistance

YMCA Financial Assistance Application (PDF) (

Salvation Army Kroc Center Scholarship Application (PDF) (

Low-Cost and Free Exercise Classes

Free YMCA Healthy Living Classes (

Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Scholarship Application (see under “Fee Assistance”) (

Smoking Cessation Assistance

Your New Year Quit Smoking Plan (

MI Tobacco Quitline
Receive nicotine replacement therapy and over-the-phone counseling from a Quit Coach.  Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or ask a Catherine’s Nurse or Lifestyle Counselor to send a referral on your behalf.

American Cancer Society: Guide to Quitting Smoking (

American Heart Association: Tips for Friends and Family of Quitters (


Transportation Assistance (to Appointments)

The Lakeshore Ride Link (
Be sure to schedule a ride seven days before it is needed.

Have Medicaid through Meridian or Priority Health? You may be eligible for free transportation to and from your doctor’s appointment.  Contact Priority Health or Meridian Health for more details.

Money Management

Clancy Street Ministries Financial Literacy (

Kent County MSU Extension Fiscal Management (

Food Access Help

St. Alphonsus Food and Clothing Store (
Food and clothing are available once a month per household.  The pantry is located across the street from the parish at 205 Carrier Street NE.  Open M, T, W, F, 9 AM -1 PM.

Spectrum Health Nutritional Options for Wellness Program
Receive free healthy food appropriate to your chronic health needs.  Ask a Catherine’s Nurse or Lifestyle Counselor to see if you qualify for a referral.

North End Community Ministry Supper House (
A free hot meal is available every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5:00-6:30 PM in the St. Alphonsus School Cafeteria.

North End Community Ministry Food Pantry (
Located in the basement of Plainfield United Methodist Church, this emergency food pantry is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Other Healthcare Providers in Our Area

Free Clinics of Michigan (

Exalta Health ( Formerly Health Intervention Services

Oasis of Hope (

Cherry Health ( Formerly Cherry Street Health Services

If you are looking for services not listed here, call Heart of West Michigan United Way’s 24 hour Community Resource Directory by dialing 2-1-1 from a land line or from a cell phone, 1-800-887-1107.

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