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If you are in an abusive situation and need help, contact the

YWCA Domestic Violence Services: 616-459-4652
24-hour crisis line 616-454-9922

Hope for Single Moms knows minimum wage just doesn’t cut it. And that’s why we’re here to help. If you work a minimum-wage job in West Michigan, you would have to work 73 hours a week just to afford a two-bedroom apartment. We don’t think you should have to choose between paying for rent or daycare or food. We are here to help you change that.

You must do your part. Do you have a plan? If not, we can help you get one. Schedule your FREE career consultation. What’s that?

Do you  have housing? You need stable housing before you can get into our program. Parenting and going to school and studying is hard enough. You don’t want to worry about where you’ll sleep next.

The life assistance resoources below will help you get a firm foundation, so you can get started on your career education.

We want you to be successful.  That’s why we won’t take you on as a client until we know you’re ready. So it may seem the qualifications are insurmountable, but we are here to help you achieve those too. Click here to see the qualification requirements.

Life Assistance Resources

Basic Needs

There are many social services and nonprofit resources to help you get some of the necessities for life. Hope for Single Moms does not work in this area because many others do. This is a basic list of links to check out.  Use Google for other resources near you. Many areas have food pantries specifically for residents in their area.

Financial Resources:

Kent County DHS 121 Franklin, SE, Grand Rapids, MI  49507, 616-248-1000

Salvation Army 1800 SAL ARMY


United Way 2-1-1  Call 211 from your cell phone

Food & Personal Necessities:

YWCA Domestic Violence Services 616-459-4652,
24-hour crisis line 616-454-9922

Baxter Community Center Serving the Baxter neighborhood of Grand Rapids

Catholic Charities Baby and Toddler Pantry 616.454.4110

Store for families in need of basic home essentials
$20/year membership for families. with any type of public assistance.

Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program

Feed America West Michigan

Hispanic Center of West Michigan

Lean on Me Ministry
Call to register as a client (616) 866-3999
Personal care items, clothing, baby, furniture, appliances

Love Inc (In the Name of Christ) Also furniture. Rides to appointments. Serving Hudsonville, Jenison and Grandville

Kent County food access sites

Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources

Salvation Army Food Pantry 1.800.SAL.ARMY
Monday-Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

Steepletown NW Grand Rapids

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

United Way 2-1-1

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Pregnant or nursing, or your children are under the age of 5


Amazon Prime for 50% off Amazon Prime

SPAOA (Single Parent Alliance of America) Membership needed. Information resources, programs and savings for single parents. Information about financial planning, advice, articles, information, and other services.



Next to rent, childcare is a major expense. In fact, Michigan has one of the highest childcare costs in the country. Listed are links to childcare resources.

Just because you qualify for childcare assistance doesn’t mean it’s easy to get. Many centers that accept DHS assistance have a waiting list of 12-18 months. So, get on the list NOW, while you get everything ready to go back to school.

Some schools have daycare scholarships for single moms in their program. Oftentimes, you can find this information in student services. You may have to ask a financial aid advisor.

Hope for Single Moms encourages you to be creative when looking for childcare options.

Many schools have evening or online classes. If you work during the day, are you disciplined enough to take class at night or on the weekends? Know yourself. If you need to be in a classroom, then that’s the way for you.

Can you take turns doing childcare with another single mom? Do you have family who can help in the evening? Does your church have a daycare, or do you know someone who does in-home childcare?

Childcare options and assistance is one of the costs Hope for Single Moms helps clients with. Find more information on our program qualifications. 

Child Care Aware

Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS)

Camp Fire West Michigan 4C, 233 East Fulton; phone: 1‑800‑448‑6995.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families


Boys and Girls Club

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Kent County Head Start (Preschool)
This is a link to the step by step process to determine if your child is eligible to attend a FREE preschool program in Kent County–Great Start Readiness Program or Head Start.

After School Resource:  Expect a Miracle


There never seems to be enough money, does there? You have to make cuts somewhere. But you need to keep yourself healthy. And you need to keep your child healthy. If you are pregnant, a few of these clinics provide free pregnancy care. You can also receive free ultrasounds and referral to ob-gyn doctors at a pregnancy care center.

Listed below are links to healthcare assistance. Please take advantage of these resources.

Medical & Dental Clinics

Baxter Community Center

Catherine Health Center

Cherry Health link is for Grand Rapids locations. Also offers vision and pediatric care.

Christian Healthcare Center

Clinica Santa Maria:

Exalta Health Also offers vision and prescriptions.


Need help paying the bills?

Exalta Health


AOA Foundation

Cherry Health

Exalta Health



Christian Care Center

Christian Healthcare Ministry

Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources:

Samaritan Ministries


Hope for Single Moms does NOT help you find housing. We do need you to find a stable living situation before applying to be a client in our education program. Our focus is to help you go to college or trade school.

Listed are some helpful links to help you find housing or pay for rent and utilities.

Arbor Circle 616-451-3001 You must be 16-20 years old

Community Rebuilders 1120 Monroe Ave. NW Suite 220, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, 616 458-5102

Covenant Place You must be 18-24 years old

Dwelling Place 616-454-0928

Fair Housing Center of West Michigan

Habitat for Humanity Kent County 616-588-5239

Housing Assessment Program (HAP):
M-Th 8:30-5, F 9:30-4
Call 2-1-1 or 1.800.887.1107

Home Resources Inc.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Section 8 vouchers

Inter City Christian Federation (ICCF)

Michigan State Housing Development Authority

Shelter database

Westown Jubilee Housing low-income housing on Grand Rapid’s west side

Weatherization Assistance Program repairs to help minimize energy costs


Rent & Utilities

Campaign for Home Energy Assistance:

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:

Need help paying the bills?:

Salvation Army
Energy Assistance Services (EAS)
M-F 8:30-4:30

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program


Legal Assistance

There are many reasons why you may need the services of a lawyer or legal advice. But lawyers are expensive. The links below are legal services. Some serve anyone. Others may restrict their advice to those at a certain poverty level. Even if you’re not sure, call them. They may be able to direct you to an agency or organization that can better help you.

Questions about:

  • Housing, landlords, evictions and eviction notices
  • Friend of the court, child support, custody issues
  • RIghts of pregnant and parenting students

Community Legal Services (in GR, MI)

Legal Aid of West Michigan
89 Ionia Ave, NW – Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Legal Assistance Center
​(616) 632-6000
Kent County Courthouse 5th Floor
180 Ottawa Avenue, NW – Suite 5100

Michigan Legal Help (legal help without a lawyer)​

Upsolve Chapter 7 bankruptcy help

Parenting Resources

Children don’t come with an instruction manual. And just when you think you have it figured out, your next child is totally different. There are some things that people have found to be helpful. Check out these resources.

Alpha Women’s Center Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids Kids parenting support groups

Parenting skills
a self-paced learning environment to enhance life skills and teaches financial security, positive parenting habits, career prep, and self-care.

Parenting and life skills classes online from The Life of a Single Mom’s Single Mom University

Spectrum Health

Very Well Family A lot of great information understanding child development, so  you can better parent.

Tech Resources

CELL PHONE:  1-800-723-3546

Verizon LifelineVerizon Lifeline


Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council 225-379-3577

Computer Technology Assistance Corp

Computers with Causes 888-228-7320

PCS for People


Access from AT&T




1-800 charity cars Ask for a free used car

Working cars for working families A program run by the National Consumer Law Center. Affordable rates to low-income families to finance or purchase a vehicle. 

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