Category Archives: Poverty Blog

When Helping Hurts

“Do you ever wonder if efforts to help the poor actually do any good?  Does there need to be more investigation into how you give than just good intentions?  How can you truly make a difference in the lives of poor people?  Which types of ministries should you fund?” Come and learn about some practical […]

Free groceries and school supplies

On Sunday, August 15, Grand Rapids First Church will be hosting “totally FREE” – an event giving away groceries, backpacks and school supplies following the 11:00 am service. Please invite anyone who could use some free groceries and/or school supplies! For more information on this event, please click here.

Attend Our Next Poverty Simulation

ACCESS cordially invites you to attend our upcoming Poverty Simulation Workshop: Monday, March 8 at Grand Rapids Community College, 6:30pm If you have never attended a Poverty Simulation, now is the time to experience this compelling workshop! If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Nicole at (616) 774-2175 x702 or

Social Justice Information

Interested in social justice?  A lot of great information is available in the recent newsletter from the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice.  To view this information about upcoming webinars or events, check out the OSJ News.

Attend Our Next Poverty Simulation

You are invited to attend our next Poverty Simulation Workshop on Thursday, August 13 at 2:00pm.  The simulation is hosted by Touchstone Innovare at LaGrave CRC.  If you have never attended a Poverty Simulation workshop, now is the time to experience this compelling workshop. If you are interested in attending or have questions please contact […]

Poverty Simulation Offers Perspective on Living in Need

ACCESS recently had a Poverty Simulation at Wedgwood Christian Services.  Check out the link and click on the video to the right to watch the footage. WZZM13 and ACCESS Poverty Simulation

Poverty Simulation June 10th at GRCC

Join us June 10th at 6:30pm for our next Poverty Simulation! The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants […]

Poverty Simulation is Going to Lansing

The Poverty Simulation is Going to Lansing! On April 28th ACCESS will bring the Poverty Simulation to Lansing. We have been invited by Senator Jansen and Senator Hardiman to go to Lansing and facilitate the Poverty Simulation workshop for our legislators. We are excited about the opportunity to provide this experience to the decision makers […]