Programs & Activities
We create sustainable change by building a network of partners to address community needs. Our wide range of programs seek to pair real problems with specific solutions.
The mission of CirclesGR is to end poverty through building community. Launched in 2016, CirclesGr is one of 4 Circles USA chapters in Michigan. Through training and weekly meetings, participants (called Circles Leaders) build friendships with volunteers (called Circles Allies). Over time, these relationships help families climb out of poverty and achieve financial stability.
Our community Food Center provides supplemental food to local families. We use a client-choice environment that protects the dignity of each visitor and encourages relationships. This program is free of charge. Avoid the line – sign up for a time slot by clicking the button below!
These sessions provide remedial learning in math and reading throughout the year. The tutoring is delivered by qualified teachers, and always with a healthy dose of encouragement. This program is open to all middle and high school students who are looking for some help with their school work or just a place to get their work done. Snacks and drinks are provided. Students should come with their own work (test review sheet, assignment, questions, etc). This program is free of charge.
Elementary School Tutoring
Math and Reading tutoring takes place during the school year for students in grades 1-5. Students attend for one hour weekly and work with a certified teacher. Registration for this program takes place in September and requires a referral from the student’s teacher. This program is free of charge.
Middle School Program
We provide a fun and safe place for middle school students to participate in various activities including games, crafts, sports, cooking, baking, and what we call “Real Talk,” where we discuss issues teens face today. Snacks and drinks are always provided. This program is free of charge.
World Cup Readers Summer Camp
While school is out of session, the community center is busier than ever! Students in grades 1-5 will read, learn about different countries, play games, and learn new soccer skills on Monday nights all summer long. This program is free of charge.
High School Program
Preparing for the future can be tough, but we provide the resources high schoolers need to succeed. We focus on 3 things: success as a person through leadership and character development; success as student through academic support/tutoring; and success as a child of God through learning social responsibility and positive self-identity. We also conduct college tours and assist students in finding jobs. Mix this all in with some basketball, cooking, music and video games, and you’ll find lasting friendships and the ability to reach your goals!
Spring GR Entrepreneurial Program
We partner with Spring GR to provide classroom curriculum and hands-on training to local businessmen and women with a dream. Spring GR is a training, mentoring and networking program designed to help emerging entrepreneurs turn their ideas into thriving businesses! Do you or someone you know have an entrepreneurial spirit? Spring GR’s business program could be the perfect fit! This program requires advanced registration and a small fee.
We partner with Exalta Health Services to offer medical check-ups and professional care at our facility on a weekly basis, charged through your insurance company.
Cooking Matters is a participatory cooking class led by a certified nutritionist. As a participant, you will learn to make healthy changes to your eating, cooking and shopping habits. Cooking Matters is offered at various times throughout the year and is typically scheduled for Tuesday mornings. This program requires advanced registration and a small fee.
SimplyFit is a series of low-impact exercise classes led by a certified instructor from Spectrum Health. SimplyFit is offered at various times throughout the year and is typically scheduled for Tuesday mornings. This program requires advanced registration.
This program is specifically created for adults with Type 2 Diabetes. We will explore the disease, its effect on the body, and how to overcome obstacles to improve our lifestyles. We will learn how to lower our A1C levels by maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, and staying active. The program includes nutritional food education, exercise classes, and an individual accountability partner with group support.
We provide the green space and tools for our neighbors to grow healthy produce together and strengthen community bonds. This program requires advanced registration and a small fee.