Our basic needs specialists help individuals breakdown barriers that keep them from having access to community resources and basic needs such as health, food, transportation, and shelter.  They assist clients with navigating processes and systems to find and acquire the support needed to become self-sufficient, independent, and become an active member of the community.

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Basic Needs Services

  • Health & Wellness Needs
  • Prevention Education
  • Referrals to health resources
  • Referrals to victim support
  • Working with the Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Assistance with Food Stamp paperwork
  • Assistance with Medicare/Medicaid paperwork
  • Assistance with other vital records & paperwork

For more information, please contact Alejandra Meza, Community Navigation Coordinator
(616) 246-0575

Comprando Rico y Sano Program

Under the Comprando Rico y Sano program, the Hipanic Center promotoras de salud (community health workers) conduct charlas (small educational sessions), grocery store tours, and cooking demonstrations to promote health-conscious shopping, smart food choices, and cost-saving strategies.

We also help eligible individuals enroll in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

If you want to learn more about this program or would like to enroll to learn about smart food choices and cost-saving strategies while you grocery shop, please contact Paola at (616) 834-0948.

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Civil and Human Rights Services

  • Power of Attorney Letters
  • US Passport Applications
  • US Birth Certificate information
  • Monthly bus trips to Mexican Consulate in Detroit, MI
  • Referrals to basic immigration-related concerns
  • Outreach about services in and outside of Kent County
  • Two in-house notaries
  • Share client testimonials with state legislators and house representatives
  • Participate in local, state, and national rallies
  • Offer Voter and Census education
  • Host elected officials to come hear our community's voice

For more information, please contact Olga Martinez, Civil & Human Rights Advocate
(616) 742-0198

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