Tag Archives: poverty

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 […]

Providing a place at the table

Today we bring many programs and services to the table. But most of all, we provide a place for the community to act–for those with resources and talents to interact and problem-solve with the big issues of poverty and people in need. We have been working diligently over the past year to update our branding and give a new face to Access. We are very excited to launch our new brand look and tagline, which is “Providing a place at the table.”

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 nicole@accessofwestmichigan.org.

Another Successful Food Drive

Thank you to everyone who donated food and personal care items to the RiverTown Crossings Mall Food Drive on Friday, November 6. We collected over 7 tons of food! The food drive to celebrate the mall’s 10th anniversary was a huge success complete with confetti, cupcakes, and mountains of canned and boxed food items! Thanks […]

Michigan Needs Your Help

We have all heard that the unemployment rate in Michigan is unbelievably high at 15.2%.  Did you also know that the poverty rate in Kent County is 15%? Please read this editorial from The Grand Rapids Press titled “A Portrait of Poverty” and see why our community needs your help now more than ever. Marsha […]

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.

Kids Can Make a Difference

Kids Can Make a Difference is a program that “inspires kids to end hunger and poverty in their communities, their country, and their world.” Check out the Summer 2009 Newsletter, which is packed with great information about poverty, training for teachers, book reviews, and more. For more information about this organization, visit their website.

Run for a Good Cause

Gazelle Sports Bridge Run is partnering with ACCESS to help eliminate hunger and poverty in Kent County.  Sign up for a 10 mile run, 10 mile walk, or a 5K run.  On your registration form, check the appropriate box to make your donation go to ACCESS.  For registration and event information, visit the Bridge Run […]

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 […]