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    75% of our clients make less than $15,000 per year.

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    6,474 volunteers gave a total of 76,540 hours in 2014!

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    • 411 children

      found safety through foster care

    • 7,824 families

      nourished through our food pantries

    • 8,782 sessions

      counseled adults, children and families

    • 130 children

      found forever homes through adoption


Muskegon Workcamp Will Benefit Homes, Lives of Low-Income Seniors

More than 380 High School Students Will Provide Free Home Repairs July 7-13

More than 60 low-income seniors will receive free home repairs the week of July 7-13 as 380 high school volunteers from across the Midwest flock to Muskegon – thanks to support from Catholic Charities West Michigan.

For the second time, CCWM is sponsoring the Group Workcamps Foundation program in West Michigan.  The national program matches high school students who are members of Christian youth groups from a wide range of denominations to volunteer their time to repair homes for the elderly, disabled and other low-income homeowners.

Students from nine Midwestern states will arrive in Muskegon Sunday, July 7 to begin a week of painting, repairing porches, building wheelchair ramps and assisting with other home repairs.  Recipients for the program have already been chosen from more than 200 applicants, but CCWM is still looking for financial support to house, feed and transport the student-volunteers. 

“The Workcamp philosophy supports our mission of offering innovative, collaborative programs that deliver high-quality social service programs to those in need,” said Deborah J. Nykamp, president and CEO of Catholic Charities West Michigan.  “We are very pleased to host these dedicated and hard-working young people, who will be able to make a very real difference in the lives of some of our most vulnerable seniors next week.

“As an organization, we are committed to the principles of social justice – and to making West Michigan a better place for all to live and work.”

Muskegon Catholic Central will transform its elementary and high school into makeshift residence halls for the week, with student-volunteers and their chaperones sleeping on classroom floors, eating in the cafeteria and enjoying ecumenical programming each evening in the gym.  While the high schoolers will travel as a youth group, they will be assigned to different work teams, encouraging them to meet and work with other like-minded Christians for the week.

Nykamp estimates that student-volunteers of the Muskegon Workcamp will donate about 13,400 hours of labor valued at approximately $268,000 to the community.  In Muskegon, CCWM offers a variety of programs, including Fishes & Loaves Food Pantry, Muskegon Parents for a Great Start, a baby and toddler pantry, God’s Kitchen Along the Lakeshore and other programs, including foster care and adoption support, behavioral health and counseling and senior services.

Workcamp is still looking for individuals and businesses willing to loan ladders during the week of July 7-13.  Those who are interested should label their ladder with a name and contact phone number and then drop it off at Muskegon Catholic Central beginning Wednesday, July 3.

Muskegon Workcamp is sponsored by Independent Bank, Ameriform, Prince of Peace Church and Prince of Peace Council of Catholic Women.  The program has received additional support from St. Frances de Sales, St. Michael’s, McKenzie-Price Agency and individual donors, as well as in-kind support from St. Mary/Our Lady of Grace.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Barbara Seabolt, major gift specialist, at 616.551.5660 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  For more information about the Muskegon Workcamp, contact Scott Lillie, CCWM outreach director, at 616.551.5661 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Group Workcamps Foundation is a non-profit interdenominational Christian volunteer organization focused on home repair.  Headquartered in Loveland, Colo., Group Workcamps expects more than 16,000 high school students and adults will volunteer their time to repair homes for a week in 40 communities across the United States and Canada.


November 11, 2013

We depend on the generosity of our community to help keep the shelves of the pantry stocked. Last year alone over 2,794 babies and toddlers recieved food and clothing through our baby pantry program.

Items Needed

  • Baby food, cereals, formula and snacks
  • New Cribs & Mattresses (by law we can only accept new) 
  • Bedding & Blankets
  • High Chairs & Playpens
  • Baby Swings & Strollers
  • Diapers & Baby Wipes
  • New & Gently Used Clothing (up to Size 5)
  • Shoes
  • Baby Monitors
  • Safety Gates & Outlet Covers
  • New Car Seats (by law we can only accept new) 
  • Children's Books & Toys (we cannot accept stuffed animals.) 
  • Baby Wash, Powder, Baby Oil & Lotion
  • Sippy Cups 


Grand Rapids Baby Pantry

303 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids 

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Thursday- 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Muskegon Baby Pantry

1095 Third St, Muskegon

Hour of Operation:

Tuesday - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Thursday - 9:30 am to 12:30 pm


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God's Kitchen Meal Programs
November 05, 2013

Over 156,000 people were fed through God's Kitchen meal programs. God’s Kitchen works with churches and other organizations to bring weekly meals to suburban locations for local community members.

A daily noontime hot meal is served at God's Kitchen in the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Nourishment and meal-time respite are available to anyone who visits the dining room on a walk-in basis with no questions or qualifiers. 

Noon-time meals are delivered to homes of the disabled under the age of 60 in the Grand Rapids area by volunteers. 

God's Kitchen Grand Rapids
303 Division Ave. S


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Our Impact
September 24, 2014

Dear Friends,

At Catholic Charities West Michigan we counsel those who struggle, feed the hungry and build strong families. Most importantly we inspire individuals and families to overcome obstacles and make a difference in their lives. Please take a few moments to review the impact of our work. Thank you to our generous community that has allowed us to provide help and create hope.


Terry Walsh
President and CEO 


View Catholic Charities West Michigan's 2014 Impact Report


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