COVID-19 Resources

Selected State Executive Orders/ Health Plan Info

Governor Whitmer extends “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order through April 30th. Executive Order 42

Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. Executive Order 41.

Protecting workers who stay home, stay safe when they or their close contacts are sick. Executive Order 36.

Provision of K-12 education during the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Executive Order 35

Expanded emergency and disaster declaration. Executive Order 33.

Temporary COVID-19 protocols for entry into Michigan Department of Corrections facilities and transfers to and from Department custody. Executive Order 29.

Temporary enhancements to operational capacity. Executive Order 25.

Temporary expansions in unemployment eligibility and cost-sharing. Executive Order 24.

Temporary requirement to suspend activities that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. March 23, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order by Governor Gretchen Whitmer. March 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Expanding Capacity for Disaster Relief Child Care Services for Essential Workforce. March 18, 2020

Governor Whitmer expands unemployment benefits for Michigan workers. March 16, 2020

Governor Whitmer signs executive order temporarily closing bars, theaters, casinos, and other public spaces; Limiting restaurants to delivery and carry-out orders. March 16, 2020

State Encourages Communication Between Parents and Child Care Providers. March 15, 2020 

Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Clarifying Restrictions on Entry into Care Facilities, Juvenile Justice Facilities. March 14, 2020  

MDHHS announces statewide hotline to address COVID-19 health questions. March 13, 2020  

Governor Whitmer announces closures of K-12 Buildings from Monday 3/16/2020 — 4/5/2020. March 12, 2020  

Whitmer Administration expands Telemedicine. March 12, 2020  

Governor Whitmer Declares State of Emergency to Slow Spread of Coronavirus. March 10, 2020 

Governor Whitmer Announces Michigan Medicaid Program Will Waive Copays and Cost-Sharing for Coronavirus Testing, Health Care. March 6, 2020  

Essential Needs Resources

Arbor Circle 

Phone: 616-451-3001 (ages 10+) 24/7 Crisis Line 

Shelter: Emergency shelter for minors 

Covenant House

Shelter: Crisis shelter for youth 18-24

Food Pantries

Funding- La Lucha Fund

God’s Kitchen  

Phone: 616-224-0217 

Meals: *Meals available at the door, dining area closed* 

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.  Sunday: 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. 

Healthcare Coverage- Extensions and application process

Kids Food Basket  

Phone: 616-235-4532

Kids Food Basket and YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids

The carryout “Grab and Go Meal Sacks,” available to those age 18 and younger, will be offered at the following locations around the city from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:

  • Miss Tracey’s Market: 1043 Franklin St. SE
  • Madison Square Church: 1441 Madison Ave. SE
  • La Casa de la Cobija: 2355 Division Ave. S
  • New City Kids: 960 Alpine Ave. NW
  • David D. Hunting YMCA: 475 Lake Michigan Dr

Mel Trotter Ministries

Phone: 616-454-8249 (ages 18+) 

Shelter: Check-In 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Men enter on Williams St.  Women enter on Commerce Ave.  Youth shelter is open. 

Temperature checks are being performed on all staff and guests.  Those with a fever will go to a quarantine area to build a health safety plan with nursing staff.* 

Meals:  Breakfast at 7 a.m.  Dinner at 7:15 p.m.   

Day Center: Open daily 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 


Michigan releases interactive map locating free meals for children during coronavirus school closures

Network 180

Services: Network 180’s Access Center remains open 24/7. IF you are in immediate crisis, at risk of suicide, or experiencing acute substance abuse, come to the Access Center. All others call: (616) 336-3909

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer Program (P-EBT)

TCF Regional Care Center

United Way- Heart of West Michigan

Meals: “Grab Bags” will be distributed to children and families are various distribution sites including the schools that will open to provide meals. Full list here:

YWCA of West Central Michigan:

Services: 24/7 confidential helpline for domestic and dating abuse and sexual assault: 616.454.9922 (454.YWCA). Nurse Examiner Program offers no-cost exams. Emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence still open.

Warming Centers

Degage Ministries
144 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-454-1661
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 7-11:30 a.m. and 2-7:30 p.m. Sunday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Exodus Place
322 Front Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

God’s Kitchen
303 Division Avenue South
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-454-4110
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 12:30-2 p.m. Sunday: 2:30-4 p.m.

Guiding Light Mission
255 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours: Monday-Sunday (when temperature is below 0):8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Heartside Ministry
54 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Hours: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

HQ (ages 14-24)
320 State St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
For Hours: Call 2-1-1 or 616-406-3945

Park Church
10 E Park Place NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-459-3203
Hours: Friday (November-March):9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (breakfast and lunch provided) Every Third Saturday:8-10:30 a.m. (breakfast provided)

Westminster Presbyterian Church
47 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616-456-1456
Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (except when GRPS is closed)

Resource Hotline

Hispanic Center: Volunteer Translators. Holly Rea is the Center’s language services manager- email ( and cell phone (616- 828-9679) for translation and interpretation requests

Kent County Resource Hotline: 2-1-1

Services include food, shelter, utility assistance, disaster recovery, childcare, transportation, and more.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Hotline: 888-535-6136

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)

Unemployment Insurance Agency: 866-500-0017

Hours extended, additional staff hired.

YWCA Sexual Assault Hotline: 616.454.9922 (454.YWCA)

Activity Resources

National Center for Families Learning

*Offers a range of free resources to meet different literacy and education challenges*:

  • 30 Days of Families Learning Together – A different creative activity for each day of the month. Each day provides a link to a “Wonder of the Day” on the Wonderopolis website which provides more information on the topic as well as alternate activities to try as a family.
  • Family Time Machine – Inspires families to learn, wonder, explore, and play together through different learning activities with several categories – bath time, dinner time, bed time, drive time, outdoor time, and wakeup time. Look through the categories to learn new activities to try with your family and share your experiences with other families.
  • PBS Kids – Education Level: Children ages 2-8
    • PBS KIDS Daily Newsletter: A newsletter created to help parents keep their kids engaged while schools are closed. Each weekday subscribers receive an email with educational videos, games and related offline activities and tips that families can use at home to encourage play and learning. Sign up in link above.
    • PBS – YouTube and YouTube Kids: Offers educational videos from your favorite characters and more, including this Healthy Habits playlist, with clips that explain germs, encourage hand-washing, and more.
    • PBS KIDS Video app: Provides a safe, child-friendly viewing experience giving kids and parents access to thousands of free videos, including full episodes and clips from top PBS KIDS series. Stream the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel on the app for free (no subscription or login required). Tap the “LIVE TV” button to watch what’s airing on your local PBS station right now. New full episodes come out every Friday.

As resources, guidelines and CDC recommendations change by the hour in response to COVID-19, please check back frequently for more resources.

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