God's Village - In This Together!
Pregnancy and parenting can be some of the most rewarding—and challenging—life experiences a person can go through. We are here to walk alongside families in times of need to help them thrive. With God’s Village, we’re in this together.
Through our free community-based services focused on the needs of children and families, we provide support for you and your loved ones from pregnancy through the early years of childhood.
We will partner with you to ensure you have the resources, knowledge and solutions you need to build and preserve a strong and healthy family.
God’s Village currently includes:
- Baby & Toddler Pantries – Offering a wide selection of free baby and toddler items including diapers, wipes, formula, etc. Pantry clients are also offered free in-home services and access to resources as well as opportunities to earn incentives through safety classes for infant and toddler care.
- Pregnancy Counseling – Providing in-home counseling with qualified, caring professionals for individuals and families through pregnancy and until baby’s first birthday.
- Infant Adoption – Addressing the needs of children whose birthparents are making adoption plans for them. Counseling is available for individuals who are considering whether adoption may be an option they want to consider during their pregnancy. For those who choose adoption planning, we offer services that walk through the legal and emotional process of provided by qualified professional counselors
- Healthy Families – Connecting those who are pregnant or have infants under three months with other parents, community resources and transportation.
- Walking with Moms in Need – Helping churches be places where pregnant and parenting moms (and dads) can come to find community resources.
- Fathers Matter – Nurturing fathers in Muskegon County with evidenced-based education and support programming designed to promote confident, responsible parenting.
- Empowering Youth Today – Utilizing a research-based abstinence-only curriculum to support Muskegon County youth 10-15 years of age in making the choice to remain abstinent from drugs, alcohol, sex and other risky behaviors.
- Project Rachel – Offering opportunities for healing and reconciliation for all who are working through emotional and spiritual pain from an abortion experience. One-on-one counseling and retreats are available.
Baby and Toddler Pantries
Located in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, our baby and toddler pantries offer a wide selection of free items and free safety classes to enhance infant and toddler care, along with in-home pregnancy counseling services, parent support groups and other resources.
Pantry items include diapers, wipes, formula, clothing and bottles, as well as larger items when available in a boutique-store-like setting. Parents or guardians may utilize the pantry once every 30 days at no cost – we only ask for identification, proof of address and birth certificate/record for each child needing items.
At an individual’s first visit to the pantry, we introduce them to our baby pantry community resource coordinator to perform an intake process and learn more about their needs. As a community liaison and resource specialist, they can help connect parents with our in-home pregnancy counseling services, Walking with Moms in Need program, Fathers Matter courses, infant adoption referrals, Project Rachel, and additional resources in the community, such as housing and transportation support, if needed.
With our car seat safety training and safe sleep classes, we help Muskegon-area families gain the knowledge and solutions they need to keep their children safe in the car and at home. Giveaways of items relevant to the classes, such as new car seats and Pack ‘n Plays, are included for attendees, thanks to generous donations from community partners.
For more information about our pantry services or how to donate items or funds, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Works
We’re preparing to launch new initiatives and expand current offerings, including:
- An expanded baby and toddler pantry in Grand Rapids that will feature a wide selection of free baby and toddler items including diapers, wipes, formula, etc. Pantry clients will also be offered free in-home services and access to community resources.
- A mothers’ support group: A time for moms of young children to gather for support from other women experiencing the joys and struggles of motherhood. Groups will also be offered in conjunction with local post-partum depression support services.
- Mobile baby pantry services for individuals with barriers that prevent access to local pregnancy and parenting resources.
- Car seat safety training and safe sleep classes in the Grand Rapids area.
How you can help:
- Donate: We always need monetary donations to ensure we can provide the above services. We can also use donations of goods and services. For a complete, list, visit ccwestmi.org/donate.
- Volunteer: We have many opportunities for volunteers to support families in our community through CCWM programing. You can see the complete list here.