of western michigan

about us

Founded in 1978, the goal of the Hispanic Center is to provide unmet social services to the Hispanic Community in Greater West Michigan.

Located in the heart of the Roosevelt Park, the largest Latino neighborhood in Grand Rapids, the Hispanic Center is able to directly serve more than 20,000 individuals annually. Not limited to Grand Rapids, we seek to address the needs of Latinos in West Michigan. The staff is largely bilingual and multi-cultural. We understand our Latino neighbors, connect with them, and work to achieve self-sufficiency together.

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan is a non-profit 501(c) (3) community-based organization.

Our Mission

Empowering the Hispanic community to achieve equity, self-sufficiency, and personalized prosperity.

Our Values


•We do what we say
•Practice self-awareness
•Hold each other mutually accountable
•Work efficiently to achieve excellence

Mutual Respect

•Create a space where dignity is embraced
•Speak honestly with empathy
•Listen intentionally


•Adapt and respond to needs with intentionality
•Anticipate and create innovative solutions to problems
•We back our words with actions
•Amplify community voices


•We listen and learn from other people’s life experiences
•Respect and celebrate differences

Growth and Wellbeing

•Support individuals to achieve their own definition of prosperity
•We value the continuous pursuit of learning
•We encourage everyone to provide and give meaningful feedback without fear of retribution


•We create partnerships that expand the impact of our work
•We take the initiative to lend a helping hand to those who need it
•We seek different ideas and perspectives to strengthen our decision making 

Our Best Services

Our Vision

To Educate To Advocate To Empower

Our Mission

To Educate
To Advocate
To Empower

Our Values

Mutual Respect
Growth & Wellbeing