African Collaborative Network

950 28th St. SE, Ste. 105E
Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Phone: 616.288.9421

The African Resource Center informs, connects, and equips African immigrants in West Michigan with people and resources to foster a flourishing community in which recent African immigrants can prosper emotionally, economically, and socially.

Asian Center

4040 E. Fulton St, SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Phone: 616.301.3987

Established in 1994 in order to respond to the needs of culturally sensitive human services among the Asian Americans in West Michigan, as well as in the United States. The Asian Center is designed to be the head office while other Asian Centers established as a local chapter responding to local needs.

At-Tawheed Islamic Center

Phone: 616.940.0730

Helping Muslims fortify their faith and moral conduct. Helping the Muslim community lead a strong and productive family life and contribute to the advancements in West Michigan.

Phone: 616.224.7540

If you’re a refugee, you shouldn’t have to face challenges alone. Bethany is here to guide, advocate, protect, and support you as you begin your new journey in the United States.

P.O. Box 3505
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Email: info@grblend.org

BLEND stands for Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions. Their mission is to foster an environment of growth and belonging where young professionals of color can connect with each other, develop professionally and contribute to the local community.

The Chinese Association of West Michigan (CAWM) is a non-profit cultural organization, serving the West Michigan region including the Greater Grand Rapids area, Holland, Muskegon, Grand Haven, etc. There are over 600 members in the organization as of March 2005. While most of the members are of Chinese extraction, they have members who are from other ethnic backgrounds. They welcome folks from various races and religious beliefs to be part of the organization.

The Chamber is committed to making Grand Rapids a welcoming, inclusive community that attracts and retains a talented and diverse workforce.

Grand Rapids Sister Cities International (GRSCI) is a non-profit organization that works to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities by promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, and community and economic development.

1 Campus Drive
4035 James H. Zumberge Hall 
Allendale, MI 49401

Phone: 616.331.3296

The Inclusion and Equity Division’s mission is to provide a rich, inclusive, learning, and working environment that attracts, retains, and supports a diverse community of students, staff, and faculty.

1204 Grandville Ave, SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616.742.0200

The Hispanic Center of Western Michigan is a non-profit organization serving the needs of the Latino and broader community. They strive to provide an avenue for education and openness to promote discussion of the distinctions and values of different nationalities and cultures. The Center also focuses on the common thread thatunites all people: a desire for understanding and respect of our differences. They believe that this shared human experience connects us all.

Since 1978, the Hispanic Center has offered the services that individuals and families in the community have needed to help them achieve self-sufficiency and help promote Spanish cultural sensitivity in West Michigan. At the basis of their success is a bilingual and bicultural staff that enables them to provide a culturally competent and responsive setting for their Spanish-speaking clients. The Hispanic Center also provides Grand Rapids with over 15 years of English to Spanish and Spanish to English translation and interpretation services. They know that minimizing the misunderstandings among different cultures allows for a more open dialogue and effective communication.

1301 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

2727 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Phone: 616.942.5553

To unite the local Jewish community to sustain and strengthen Jews locally, in Israel and around the world. The mission is accomplished by providing services to the community and through fundraising and allocation efforts.

2930 Knapp St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

Phone: 616.301.8847

Kent ISD is a place where all persons feel welcomed, have a right to be treated equitably and without prejudice, and have a responsibility to treat others the same way. Kent ISD school districts are building systems that Understand, Respect, and Embrace Cultural Differences by:

  • Providing curriculum and instructional programs that are culturally inclusive.
  • Fostering staff and students who have the will and ability to build relationships across differences.
  • Promoting the healing of racism and other forms of intolerance.

PO Box 1844
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

Email: phsgrandrapids@gmail.com

Metro Grand Rapids is home to a large and vibrant Polish-Lithuanian community, tracing its roots back more than a century when immigrants from Poland and Lithuania settled here in search of better lives. For more than 50 years, this society has promoted Polish-Lithuanian culture in metro Grand Rapids through art exhibits, lectures, events and sponsorships of organizations,
 

2130 Enterprise Street SE
Kentwood, MI 49508

Phone: 616.247.9611

Email: info@refugeegr.org

This organization supports refugees in their journey to become fully participating members of the West Michigan community. They envision a thriving, multicultural West Michigan community where all have an opportunity to pursue a better future!

Phone: 616.481.6194

Email: info@wm-aaa.org

WMAAA was formed through the merger of the Asian Health Outreach Foundation (AHOF) and the Asian Professionals Organization (APO). They are committed to serving and advocating for the needs of Asian Americans in Michigan. Their energy is focused on Education, Economic Development, Health Care and Social Justice. WMAAA is also dedicated to utilizing its social, cultural and economic strengths to positively impact the quality of life for all people in West Michigan.

207 E Fulton, 4th Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616. 356.1934

The Samaritas Post Resettlement program offers extended case management services for eligible individuals and families to promote long term self-sufficiency and community integration.

Services that are available through the Post Resettlement program:

  • Help with cultural orientation and community integration
  • Help with applying for and navigating DHHS benefits
  • Financial literacy
  • Help with obtaining Permanent Residency/Citizenship
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes
  • Interpretation/Translation related to available services
  • Transportation related to available services
  • Matching with a volunteer cultural mentor for additional support

29 Pearl St. NW
Suite 127
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Phone: 616.458.0420

Välkommen! The Swedish American Heritage Society of West Michigan was founded to preserve, foster and perpetuate traditional customs and culture of our Swedish heritage, as well as that of other Scandinavians.

If you are of Swedish heritage, or the spouse of same… or if you simply have a sincere interest in Swedish or Scandinavian heritage, you are invited to join us!

West Michigan Filipino American Association

Phone number: 616.581.2837

WMFAA was established in 1991 as a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining, preserving, and cultivating Filipino culture and heritage, and helping others to share the same goals. WMFAA will continue to advocate the existence of Filipino-American community in West Michigan, and will serve to instill strong determination for unity and strive for self-sufficiency.

3662 29th Street SE
Grand Rapids, 49512

Phone number: 616.828.5310

Welcoming people from Muslim areas and creating community together through friendship. The Friendship Center is a gathering space and a resource place to meet others from your culture and new American friends. 

2007 Division Ave. S
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Phone number: 616. 452.3960

Email: info@westmihcc.org

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to working with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic owned businesses and to assist the professional growth of Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan.

No matter how you say “welcome,” if you are a new American, West Michigan Works! can provide opportunities to find a satisfying career in the United States. Refugee and immigrant navigators can provide specialized assistance to help you start your new life.

Here are a few ways they help:

  • Specialized services for new Americans include access to appropriate resources such as open-entry ESL (English as a Second Language) class and employment services like building your resume, completing online job applications and connecting you to local employers with job opportunities.

  • Help meeting work requirements. Anyone authorized to work by the US Department of Homeland Security can receive free employment services. A refugee and immigrant navigator can assist you with paperwork and resources, like English language proficiency, high school diploma, GED or assessment tests, to qualify for certain training and education programs.

  • Referrals to MITS (Michigan International Talent Solutions). Highly qualified, skilled and educated immigrants and refugees can receive professional employment support from MITS.

  • Opportunities abound. New Americans do not need to settle on a low-paying job. There are opportunities to learn English and gain the education and training needed to pursue your dream job and earn a sustaining income for your family.

  • You can make your American dream happen. Many local employers appreciate the hard work and job performance of refugees and immigrants. With a steady income you can establish good credit and realize goals, such as buying a house, within two to five years of arriving in the US.