• Be a part of their hope

    Foster parents are needed for children of all ages

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    Be a part of their hope
  • We Keep Families Together

    We support the most essential influence on our children

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    We Keep Families Together
  • We feed the hungry

    Our meal programs and baby pantries help those in most need

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    Food & Baby Support
  • 88 cents

    of every dollar goes
    to people in need

  • 24,000 people

    and families
    served per year

  • $41,000 per day

    to run all of
    our programs

  • 11 counties

    served in
    West Michigan

We Provide Help and We Create Hope


We accomplish our work through comprehensive, results-oriented programs and services. The programs and services of Catholic Charities West Michigan have four distinct areas of emphasis: Community Outreach, Behavioral Health, Foster Care & Adoption, and Family Support.

Philippines Disaster Relief
November 11, 2013

The Diocese of Grand Rapids is gathering donations to help those who are most in need following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Your contribution will help provide food, shelter and other emergency aid to people in the hardest hit areas.

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Christmas Toy Drive Release
November 05, 2013

Catholic Charities West Michigan Seeks Toy Donations

Grand Rapids, Michigan, Nov. 5, 2013 – In anticipation of the holidays, Catholic Charities West Michigan is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for clients in West Michigan.

The social services organization, which annually serves more than 800 children in its 11-county footprint, is looking for gifts for infants through teens.  CCWM wants to ensure that all children it serves will have presents to unwrap on Christmas morning.

Toys can be dropped off the week of Dec. 9 at CCWM locations at 40 Jefferson Ave. SE in downtown Grand Rapids and at 1095 Third St. in downtown Muskegon.  Gifts will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CCWM has been holding its annual toy drive for 15+ years and is particularly looking for:

  • Games
  • Puzzles
  • Action figures
  • Dolls and dollhouses
  • Building blocks and sets
  • Learning toys
  • Stuffed animals
  • Pretend play
  • Gift cards for older teens

Gifts will only be distributed to children who are enrolled in Catholic Charities West Michigan programs at the beginning of December.  CCWM works with children through its programs that include foster care, family strengthening, counseling and others.

“Christmas is a season of joy, love and hope, when families celebrate together,” said CCWM President and CEO Terry Walsh. “Yet many families do not have the resources to provide gifts to their children. To ensure that every child served by our agency has a joyful Christmas, we offer assistance by collecting and distributing gifts. “

Last year, CCWM provided Christmas presents for more than 300 clients and anticipates the need will be even greater this year.

For more information, contact Bethany Stowe at bstowe@ccwestmi.org or 616.551.5663. 


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Welcome Message from our new President and CEO
October 09, 2013

I am honored to step into the leadership role of Catholic Charities West Michigan.  The services we provide – behavioral health, child welfare, family preservation and community outreach – are  designed to feed the hungry, counsel those who struggle and build strong families.  As President and CEO, it is gratifying to fulfill my personal calling to do the work of Catholic social teaching to serve the most vulnerable in our community. Where acts and gestures of Christ's love and kindness are touching lives within the diocese of Grand Rapids, there is a strong chance that the good work of Catholic Charities West Michigan is involved.

My family and I have been looking forward with great anticipation to returning to Grand Rapids.  Our ties to this community run deep – as does my commitment to my Catholic faith and to the great, good work that this organization does throughout West Michigan.

Catholic Charities has a celebrated history that has positioned us for limitless potential. I hope to create our future in the same tradition of service and respect by continuing to develop stronger ties with the Diocese of Grand Rapids parishes, partner agencies and the individuals that support our mission.

Thank you again for your warm welcome. 

Terry Walsh
President and CEO 

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