– (Mlive) – There is help for West Michigan businesses and workers. A coalition of business associations and local governments announced the launch of a website that provides information to West Michigan businesses and workers who have been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic. The website, covidwm.org, was created by the West Michigan COVID-19 Business Coalition.
-(Mlive) – Michigan seniors can get free meal delivery, daily wellness checks during the coronavirus outbreak. Residents 60 and older are eligible for home-delivery or pick-up meals during the outbreak. Fill out the form here. Seniors can also request a daily wellness-check phone calls.
-The West Michigan Salvation Army is offering a variety of services and ways you can help. They also are now providing a Compassion Hotline for those who want to talk to someone or provide prayer and encouragement. The hotline will be available from 9am – 9pm at 616-742-9199.
-The Grand Awakening is partnering with others to call people to pray. They are looking for prayer warriors to join in 24/7 prayer from April 7 to May 7. You can sign up to pray and also learn more about the importance of prayer at: westmicovid-19prayer.org.
-West Michigan Works! says local jobs are available. More information at : westmiworks.org.
-Those struggling with mental and behavior health and fear, or substance abuse can get help. Network 180 (616)-336-3909 , Forest View (800) 949-8439 , Pine Rest (800)678-5500 or (616) 455-9200.
-The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has a hotline for residents to contact for mental health support. Texting “RESTORE” to 741741 will launch a confidential text conversation with a crisis counselor as part of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ “Stay Home, Stay Well” initiative. Counselors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help residents coping with any mental health crisis, including anxiety, financial stress, suicidal thoughts and domestic violence.
-Care Resources, and the PACE Program has information for those with loved ones dealing with Alzheimer or Dementia. 616-913-2006.
-Stimulus checks are not going to everyone automatically. If you have questions to see if you need to file additional information, contact: irs.gov/freefile or for other help and resources contact: nmcaa.net and the Michigan Community Action Agency.
– Thanks to the generous and ongoing donations of handmade face masks from people throughout West Michigan, Spectrum Health will begin distributing the masks to those in the community who most need them. “We encourage those who are able, to please continue making and donating masks. This will help us to reduce the community spread of COVID-19 by providing the reusable masks to the people within our communities in greatest need.” A video with instructions on how to sew the preferred design is available here. Spectrum Health will collect the homemade masks at its designated drop-off sites and expresses its thanks to those who have stepped up to create them. Organizations interested in receiving a supply of masks should email a request to [email protected].
-The Kent County Health Dept. is providing “back-to-work safely” resources and information for employers. accesskent.com.
-Grandville Avenue Arts & Hamanities (GAAH) is offering meals to families in need this summer and also offering programs for students in grades K-12.
The organization is offering a 3-week summer program to curb learning loss this summer while providing food to those who are food insecure during the summer. Activities includes outdoor and nature games, music activities and a reading program that comes with incentives.
Food is being distributed now through July 24 from 12:30pm-1:30pm five days a week.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at the Cook Library Center – 1100 Grandville Ave. SW
Tuesday and Thursday at the Cook Arts Center – 644 Grandville Ave. SW
For more information, click here.