Table of Contents. Child Care..pg Food Assistance..pg 6-8. Clothing Assistance pg Utility Assistance.pg Health Services...

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Table of Contents

Child Care………..pg. 3-5

Food Assistance………..pg 6-8

Clothing Assistance………pg 9-11

Utility Assistance……….pg 12-13

Health Services………....pg 14-17

Family Fun Spots…………..………pg 18-22

Playgrounds & Parks………...pg 23-26

Transportation……….…..pg 27-29

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Support Groups………..………..pg 30-33

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2620 44th St SW Wyoming, MI 49509 616-534-7409

http://www.kindercare.com

Open: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday

“We understand that you want to be certain you have made the best choice for your child. At KinderCare, we create a joyful, warm, and safe environment for your child.”

This center provides childcare for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. There are nine programs in this center according to the age of the child. The programs include infants, toddlers, and

discovery preschool 2 yrs, preschool 3-4 yrs, prekindergarten, kindergarten, before and after school, enrichment, and a summer camp. Each program has a curriculum to help develop specific areas in your child’s age group. Nutritious meals and snacks are provided.

Great Start Readiness Program

4334 Byron Center Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49519

616-530-5671- Paula

www.wyoming.k12.mi.us

This is a State of Michigan funded preschool program that is free to children and families who qualify. The child has to be 4 years old by December 1. They must be living in Wyoming,

Michigan, meet income guidelines, and meet required risk factors. Children who are accepted will attend four half-days a week, Monday through Thursday. The child will develop skills in;

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Oriole Park Elementary School 1420 - 40th St. SW

Wyoming, MI 49509 800-350-5034

http://www.discoverchampions.com

Open: 6:30 am – 8:40, 11:55 – 6:00 pm Monday – Friday

“Champions Extended Learning offers innovative before and after school extended day programs and care for preschool, kindergarten and students in grades K-6 right at your child's school. Options for kids include five mind-expanding activity areas and a quiet area that enables students to read and complete homework.” Prices vary with each age level and how many days the child attends. Each of these prices are for a child going 5 days a week; Before school $33, After School $46 and Kindergarten Enrichment $60.

East Childcare Center

4334 Byron Center Avenue SW Wyoming, MI 49519

616 257-8477

Open: 6:00am - 6:00 pm year round including school vacations

This center provides childcare for ages 2 ½ years to 12 year olds. This is an ”educational program that provides children with enriching foundations for learning.” They provide transportation to and from all Wyoming Public schools. There is a $30 registration fee per child/family. Weekly full-time rate is $125.00. For Before and After school Monday – Friday it is $65. There is a discount for more than one child attending.

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Family Network

1029 44th St SW Wyoming, MI 49509 616-885-9919

http://familynow.us/services/

Client Choice Pantry

 Monday 3:30pm to 5:30pm Wednesday 2:00pm to 5:30pm

 Extended hours for the working. Call ahead service available. Serving the entire Grand Rapids Metro area. No pay-stubs required.

 Serving walk-in clients in the Grandville and Wyoming area.

 Delivery service is available for the homebound and disabled.

Mobile Food Truck Pantry

Second Harvest Gleaners brings perishable food and other items to these locals for those in need of food.

Line forms 1 hour before start time.

 1st Thursday of each month starting at 6:00pm. Located at Wesley Park UMC 1150 32nd Street SW Wyoming, Michigan 49509 Phone 534-4411

 2nd Thursday of each month starting at 6:00pm. Located at Beverly Reformed Church 2141 Porter SW Wyoming Michigan 49519 Phone 532-2871

 4th or last Thursday of each month starting at 5:00pm. Calvary CRC 3500 Byron Center SW Wyoming, Michigan 49519 Phone 534-0934

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John Knox Presbyterian Church

4150 Kalamazoo Ave Grand Rapids, MI 49508 (616) 455-9411

john-knox.org

Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This church has a food pantry that provides food for those who are in need of assistance. To qualify at this church you should live within the south-eastern portion of Kent County limited by 28th to the north, 108th to the south and between US 131 and Patterson Avenue or be a member of John Knox Church. Exceptions may be made due to transportation issues, etc. All Medicaid clients qualify, most seniors, most un-employed. Incomes may be waived in crisis situations such as, fire, accident, serious illness, etc. If you do not qualify at this church they will help you find another location. In order to receive food assistance you will need to bring 2 proofs of ID and residency. This may include driver’s license, bills, Medicaid card, and junk mail. Food is provided on a first come first served basis.

Westminster Presbyterian Church

47 Jefferson Ave

Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-456-1456

http://www.westminstergr.com

Open: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 A.M.-2:30 P.M.

This church provides a supplemental supply of food and personal care items to people in need while also promoting self-sufficiency through referrals and education. Pantry staff and volunteers maintain a caring environment and respect the dignity of all people.

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555 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548 Phone: (616) 301-1415

Monday, Friday: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

www.meltrotter.org/RetailStores.aspx

Mel Trotter provides gently used clothing and other household items that you may need at a discounted price. This allows you to be able to afford the many items you need at a budget you can afford. Mel Trotter also sells automobiles at low prices as well as trade-ins.

2929 29th St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512 (616) 942-2929

Open Monday-Friday 10:)00 am – 7:00pm. Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm Sun. Closed

http://new2youshoppe.com/location/

New 2 You has a large selection of gently used and upscale clothing for children and juniors and seasonal clothes in the Men and Woman’s departments. These clothes are sold at a discounted price to help you afford them. There are a variety of clothes including blouse, short sleeve shirts, sweaters, pants, jackets, coats, and wedding and prom dresses. This store also sells books, furniture, appliances, household items, electronics, and sporting goods.

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740 28th St SW Wyoming, MI 49509 Phone: (616) 538-7070 Monday - Saturday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm Sunday 12:00 - 5:00 pm http://www.goodwillgr.org

Goodwill stores are an integral part of the community. Each purchase helps fund employment programs for individuals with barriers to employment. Also, our stores serve as a training site for many participants to gain work experience.

When you shop at a Goodwill retail store or online, everyone wins. You take home quality, gently used or new merchandise at a fraction of its original price, and we receive funds to assist

individuals involved in our job training and placement programs. New selections arrive everyday, so you will be sure to find the best prices and selections at our retail stores.

4281 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512 1 2-1 1

The Salvation Army provides many different clothes at discounted prices for those on a low budget. The stores are well organized to make it easier to find the sizes you need. The clothes are gently used that have been donated.

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P.O. Box 30037 Lansing, MI 48909

517-335-6358 – 1-800-292-5650 517-335-7771

Ms. Barbara Anders andersb@michigan.gov

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/about/factsheet.html

ACF Mission

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aim to achieve the following:

 families and individuals empowered to increase their own economic independence and productivity;

 strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on the quality of life and the development of children;

 partnerships with individuals, front-line service providers, communities, American Indian tribes, Native communities, states, and Congress that enable solutions which transcend traditional agency boundaries;

 services planned, reformed, and integrated to improve needed access;

 and a strong commitment to working with people with developmental disabilities, refugees, and migrants to address their needs, strengths, and abilities.

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P.O Box 30412 Lansing MI 48909-9520 1-888-988-6300

MIChild is a health insurance program. It is for uninsured children of working families. MIChild covers regular checkups, shots, emergency care, dental care, pharmacy hospital care, prenatal care and delivery, vision and hearing, and mental health and substance abuse services. If your child qualifies, you will only pay a monthly fee of $5. This includes all children in your family. Qualifications include: be a U.S. Citizen, live in Michigan, be under 19, have no health insurance, and live with a monthly income under $1,800 for a family of 2, $2,300 for a family of 3, $2,800 for a family of 4, and $3,200 for a family of 5.

550 Cherry St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Medical: 616-235-7272 Dental: 616-235-7289

www.cherryheatlth.org

Cherry Street Health Services is a not-for-profit organization with 11 health centers in the Grand Rapids area. We offer comprehensive health services to low-income children and families. These services include; Medical, Dental, Behavioral Services, Vision Care, Nutrition, Prenatal and Pregnancy support, Health Education Classes, Assistance with Health Insurance, School-Health Programs, Prescription Assistance.

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Capitol View Building 201 Townsend Street Lansing, Michigan 48913 517-373-3740 norris@michigan.gov http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/

MDCH will protect, preserve, and promote the health and safety of the people of Michigan with particular attention to providing for the needs of vulnerable and under-served populations. Services are planned and delivered through these integrated components:

 Medicaid health care coverage for people with limited incomes

 Mental health services for people who have a mental illness or a developmental disability, and services for people who need care for substance abuse

 Health needs assessment, health promotion, disease prevention, and accessibility to appropriate health care for all citizens

 Drug law enforcement, treatment, education and prevention programs

 Promoting independence and enhancing the dignity of Michigan's older persons and their families

 Administering the crime victims rights fund, investigating and processing crime victim compensation, and administering federal Victims of Crime Act grants

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Easter Seals - Michigan, Inc

West Michigan Therapy Center

4065 Saladin Dr. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546 Phone: (616) 942-2081 Fax: (616) 942-5932 Toll Free: (800) 75-SEALS

http://mi.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=MISE_ChildrensHealthServicesGroup.

Easter Seals provides health care for children with disabilities or other special needs and their families. They have several services depending on the child’s needs. Some of the services are Autism, Mental issues in Spanish and Russian, Family Mental Health, Speech, Sensory Integrations, Occupational Therapy, These services are funded through donations from the general public.

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Family –Fun Spots

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Wyoming, MI 49509

616-784-2007

http://www.kdl.org

Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 – 8:00, Friday –Saturday 9:30 – 5:00, Sunday 1:00-5:00 (Closed on Sunday in the summer)

This library has a great selection of books from children’s, to nonfiction, and fiction including science fiction, romance, and Inspiration. You can also receive a free library card. This location also has other services that you may use including, wireless internet, color copier, Public computers with online catalog, Internet, word processing and other software, Seven quiet

study/reading rooms, teen space, early literacy area, community meeting room, used book sales, coffee shop, express check, self checkout, special collections: Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, automotive and engine repair books, Spanish and Vietnamese titles, and an art gallery.

1971 East Beltline Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49525 US Phone: 616-365-0015

Email: grapidsmi@gymboreeclasses.com http://www.gymboreeclasses.com

Gymboree is a playgroup for children ages 0-5 with age-appropriate activities to help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Their programs also have a unique approach to parent involvement, which encourages participation in and understanding of each child’s development. They have several classes that you may join as a member. These classes are play and learn, music, art, sports, family fun and school skills. As a member you will have many benefits including parent handouts in the classes designed with a description of your child's developmental stage, information about the class and ideas for activities at home, special events throughout the year, free open gym times, and additional programs.

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www.momslikeme.com

This is an online group where you can meet other moms that might have the same issues as you. When you join you can find a group near you. In these groups you can ask questions or have discussions about anything you feel comfortable with. You can also share your own ideas. One thing I noticed was a mom asking about a good daycare in the area. This might be a good spot for you to go with any questions. If you find people in your area this would be a great place to get to know other moms and maybe meet for a play date. They may even have playgroups you can join. This website also shows you events that are going on in your community.

3478 Fairlanes Ave SW Grandville, MI 49418 616-530-9222

http://www.playworldmi.com

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Fri.-Sat. 10am-10pm, and Sunday 11am-8pm

This is a place where all children ages up to 12 can come and enjoy a day of fun. There is one low price of $3.95 for children 12-23 months and $5.95/ child for an unlimited amount of time to play. Parents and children under 12 months are free. Playworld has a variety of equipment to help ensure your child has a good time. There is an inflatable slide, air bounce, cushion climb. There is a “jungle gym” with Colorful tunnels and slides, ball pools, swinging bridges and spider nets, rope climbs, and ring cross. There is also a little area with playhouses and cars to ride in. Playworld also has a little area with some arcade games. There is also a food bar with pizza, popcorn, and pop. Playworld also has party packages you can reserve for a birthday party or a gathering of friends. Prices and reservation information can be found on the website.

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3330 Fairlanes Ave SW Grandville, MI 49418 616-534-8235

http://www.tarryhall.com/

This is a roller skating rink for inline and roller skates. It has a large music selection including: Rock 'n' Roll, Oldies, Country, Christian, and Organ Music. They also have rental skates for your convenience. This provides enough fun for the whole family. There is even a large snack bar. Tarry Hall also provides accommodations for private birthday parties. Party Packages include rental of the whole rink and skates for 30 skaters. They also have group ratings and fund-raising opportunities.

Spectrum Lanes

5656 Clyde Park SW Wyoming, MI 49509 616-530-2400 http://www.spectrumlanes.com

Open Bowling: Monday through Thursday 9AM to 5:30PM and 9PM to Midnight, Friday 9AM to 5:30PM and 9PM to 11:30PM, and Saturday 9AM to 5:15PM and 9PM to 11:30PM.

Spectrum Lanes offers up to 40 newly renovated lanes with the convenience of automatic scoring. This is truly a beautiful bowling center with a custom designed interior and area-wide famous Woody's Press Box Sports Bar and Restaurant. We offer several party packages to meet your group needs and greatly anticipate hosting such an important event. There are a variety of

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1300 W. Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49501 616-336-4301

info@johnballzoosociety.org http://www.johnballzoosociety.org

March 1 - May 7 -- The Zoo is open 10:00 am to 4:00 pm May 8 - September 13 -- The Zoo is open 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Follow the footprints along the path as you find different animals to admire. There are over 1100 animals represented from South America, North America, and the Tropics. They also have a living aquarium, a petting zoo, a chimpanzee exhibit, and sting rays. This zoo also provides some extra fun with camel rides, a zip line, ropes course and swan paddleboats at an additional cost. John Ball Zoo also provides a variety of food and a gift shop.

Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park

1000 East Beltline Avenue NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49525 888-957-1580

Hours: Mon & Tue: 9 am–9 pm, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat: 9 am–5 pm, and Sun: 12 pm–5 pm Walk the outdoor nature trails and boardwalk, study world-class sculpture within the outdoor

sculpture park, enjoy endless hours of fun with the kids in the children’s garden, the indoor areas including a special sculpture exhibitions in the lovely indoor galleries, see the largest tropical conservatory in the state of Michigan and gaze at exquisite arid and carnivorous plants in the arid garden and carnivorous plant house. Or, consider a special concert in our outdoor terraced amphitheater garden, shop in the Meijer Gardens Gift Shop and relax in the café. There is also a Michigan’s farm garden. They also have special exhibits for Christmas during the winter seasons, see the traditions of Christmas around the world. Also in March and April there is a butterfly exhibit. You can also enjoy summer concerts in the park from May 21 to August 25.

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Playgrounds &

Parks

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Lamar Park Splashpad

2561 Porter St Wyoming, MI 49519 616-530-3164 parks_info@ci.wyoming.mi.us

Lamar Park resides on 75 acres of land. The biggest attraction at this park is the Splash Pad. This is open daily from 10:00 – 8:00 from June 1st

to Labor Day. The splash pad includes interactive soaker stations, a water tunnel, a fire hydrant, and dumping buckets. This park is free to the public and. Also available at this park is the following; Picnic Sections, Playground

Restrooms, Baseball Field w/ Grandstand & Restrooms, Sand Volleyball Courts, Basketball Courts, Shelter Climbing Wall, Soccer Fields, Fishing, Softball Field, Grills, Little League Field, Tennis Courts, and a Walking Trail.

Hillcroft Park

340 32nd St SW Wyoming, MI 49519 http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/p&r%20parks.asp#hillcroft

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This playground includes Picnic Area, Shelter & Grills,Restrooms,Playground Equipment

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Soccer Fields

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Baseball Field

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and Kent County Bike Trail.

Jackson Park

1331 33rd St SW

Wyoming, MI 49519 http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/p&r%20parks.asp#jackson Hours: Dawn to Dusk

This park is on approximately 22.3 Acres.

It has

Soccer Fields

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Playground Equipment, Basketball Courts, Baseball Fields

, and

Tennis Courts.

Battjes Park

1655 Blandford SW Wyoming, MI 49519

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This park is on approximately 55.4 Acres and includes Playground Equipment, Softball Field, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Lake, Restrooms, Picnic Area & 2 Shelters, Fishing Piers, Volleyball Courts, Soccer Fields, and Walking Trail.

Oriole Park

1380 42nd St SW Wyoming, MI 49519

http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/p&r%20parks.asp#battjes

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

This Park is on approximately. 14.9 acres. It includes Restrooms, Playground Equipment, Softball Fields, Tennis Courts, Basketball Courts, Picnic Area, and Soccer Fields.

Lemery Park

4050 Byron Center SW Wyoming, MI 49519

http://www.ci.wyoming.mi.us/ParksRec/p&r%20parks.asp#battjes

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This park is on approximately 86.9 Acres. It includes Tennis & Basketball Courts, Little League & Softball Fields, Picnic Area, Fishing, Playground Equipment, Concession Stand, and Walking Trail.

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Transportation

Services

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616-776-1100

http://www.ridetherapid.org/ride

This is a city bus that will take you to many different places throughout Grand Rapids. There are several stops that they make on their way. If you need to be dropped off before a major place they will be able to do that. There are bus stop signs that represent where a bus will stop. On each bus it flashes the destination across the top. Each bus also has a number on the front and side for your convenience. The Rapid provides many maps throughout Grand Rapids to show you the route a bus will take, what bus stop you should be at, and the time of arrival. For your convenience there is also a bike rack on the front of the bus if you choose to bring/ride your bikes once at your destination.

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1412 Kalamazoo Avenue Southeast Grand Rapids, MI 49507

616- 459-4646

http://grandrapidstaxi.blogspot.com/

Yellow Cab is one of the oldest radio dispatched taxi companies in West Michigan with reliable service. Whether you are headed to work, on vacation and looking for the hot spots, or a business person trying to get around town, Yellow Cab is here for you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To order a cab, just we will be able to assist you. You can also reserve a cab online.

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5500 44th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512 616- 233-6000 616- 233-6055

“We are grateful for the opportunity to serve West Michigan's air transportation needs and are committed to giving our all to our business partners, customers, and neighbors. Every day, from before dawn until after the city falls asleep, we are here to ensure that loved ones safely meet, packages arrive on time, and business transactions are conducted successfully

.”

This airport provides WIFI and conference rooms for your traveling needs. There are several concession stands including Quiznos, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Vending Machines, and more. There is an observation deck for you to watch some of the planes take off and land. Airlines include Delta, American Eagle, AirTran, Continental, United Frontier, Allegiant Air, Air Canada, and Midwest.

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Support Groups

Grand Rapids CHADD

616-874-5662

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CHADD of Grand Rapids offers two monthly meetings, free and open to all interested. One group is for Parents and other caregivers, and one is for Adults with AD/HD and those who care about them. There is no cost or pre-registration required to attend our monthly meetings, nor is a formal diagnosis required. We also teach an AD/HD parenting class each spring. The Parent Group meets on third Tuesdays, from 7-9 pm, (except in December, due to the holidays), at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, at the corner of 4 Mile and the E. Beltline, at 3215 Four Mile Rd. NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49505. “We believe that no one should have to travel the path alone. We have witnessed the tremendous resource that people can be for each other, often just by sharing their stories. We are continually amazed at what we have seen people with AD/HD overcome, despite the odds. We have also been told that sometimes CHADD made all of the difference!”

Michigan Divorce Support Groups:

Banner of Christ Church

1111 68th Street SW

Byron Center, Michigan 49315 616-538-1313

Mr. Doug Maxim

http://www.divorcesource.com/groups/michigan.shtml

Divorce Support Groups are designed so you can meet with other people who understand what you are going through. There are thousands of divorce support groups around the U.S. that provide the atmosphere that will allow you to break from the past and rebuild your life.

Most of the Divorce Support Groups provided on this page are NON-DENOMINATIONAL even though they are held or sponsored by churches. The Support Groups are open to everyone, and by calling a support group today you may find that it will provide the new beginning you have been searching for!

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To help children cope with grief and to assist them in their grief journey from a Christian, faith-based perspective. To provide a special place where children are able to share their feelings and story with others and ask questions. To provide meaningful activities in which to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones. To offer a safe place where grieving children can engage in fun camp activities

Spectrum Health

616- 391-4200 – Sally or Sue

nancy.kingma@spectrum-health.org.

- For children

http://www.spectrum-health.org/body_servicetabs.cfm?id=1526

http://www.spectrum-health.org/workfiles/pdf/familygriefsupport.pdf

“Hope Through Healing" You will receive a monthly periodic newsletter that is an easy-to-read resource to help ease the journey through grief. "Moving Through Grief" Series Our five-week series provides opportunities to increase understanding of the grieving process and join others in finding ways to navigate difficult days as you move through grief. Helpful handouts are provided at each session. Daytime and evening sessions are offered to the public free of

charge throughout the year. Ongoing Grief Support Groups Open groups meet once a month to provide a supportive environment and opportunity to talk with others who are experiencing loss. Daytime and evening groups are offered.

Camp Compass serves children 5-15 years of age who have been affected by the death of someone important in their daily lives. Camp Compass is filled with interactive projects and play designed to offer education and skills for navigating through grief.

5250 Northland Drive NE Grand Rapids, Mi 49525 616- 361-5001

http://www.nkgs.com/location.htm

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This facility provides support for many different issues including family concerns, grief and loss, alcohol abuse, difficult child behavior, and ADD learning evaluations and services. These services will accept most insurance.

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