As Christ’s ambassadors, where do we start to help make a difference in the lives of people facing these issues? Believing that God calls us to compassion and advocacy, Calvary Church has specifically chosen to reach out with the message of Christ’s love to the:
• Poor and oppressed
• People who are displaced from their homes or home lands
• Developmentally disabled
• Women and children in our local community
Our desire is to meet their physical and emotional needs so that we can share with them about their most critical need: knowing Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The Poor and Oppressed
This camp provides a quality Christian camping experience to urban youth with the purpose of demonstrating Christ’s love, presenting the gospel and providing an environment for learning and practicing Christ-like principles.
Mel Trotter Ministries
Mel Trotter serves the homeless, victims of drug addiction and the unemployed in West Michigan through a Christ-centered, holistic program of crisis intervention and Biblical counseling to restore them to a right relationship with God, their families and society.
Oasis of Hope Center
The Oasis of Hope seeks to provide hope through low cost/free medical care and basic life-skills education to the economically disadvantaged and uninsured of Grand Rapids in Jesus’ name.
Urban Family Ministries
Urban Family Ministries exists to provide “hands on” ministry to serve urban families of Grand Rapids to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.
Urban Transformation Ministries
UTM exists to redeem inner-city youth, families and communities (specifically in the Belknap-Lookout, South Creston and Highland Park areas) with the transforming gospel of Christ and to develop leaders who will impact their neighborhood for Christ through small groups, sports and one-on-one ministry.
This ministry in the Heartside neighborhood seeks to reflect the love of Christ by building relationships and offering programs that foster dignity and respect. Volunteer opportunities range from office work to food preparation, and mentoring to special event planning.
Health Intervention Services
H.I.S. brings Christ’s healing to the medically uninsured through the collaborative provision of medical and dental services, counseling and spiritual care. They serve many Hispanic people in southwest Grand Rapids. Volunteers are health care professionals and office workers.
Forgotten Man Ministry
FMM works within local jails in Michigan by providing chaplains, inmate rehabilitation and religious programs. Follow-up help for inmates and their families and volunteer opportunities exist for the community to assist in this work.
This ministry provides compassionate care to hurting people in both health care and workplace settings. Trained chaplains build a relationship of trust and respect as they help people navigate life’s challenges.
Provides adult foster care homes and supportive services for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illness and traumatic brain injury. Their objective is to provide for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of each individual in a way that is honoring to God.
King’s Table Ministry
reaches out to differently-abled adults to share the love and life changing message of Jesus Christ with them, their families, and care-givers. Contact: Sally Gallagher -
works to enhance the reputation of our Lord Jesus Christ through the provision of high quality, relationship-based street outreach and ongoing support services to mentally ill poor and homeless people in our community.
Women and Children
Alpha Women’s Center
The mission of Alpha Women’s Center is to show compassion and love to families facing unplanned pregnancy and to seek mercy for the unborn. The community services we provide are a means to establish hope and God’s presence in lives.
Child Evangelism Fellowship
CEF ministers to children with the purpose of evangelizing boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, discipling them in the Word of God and channeling them into a local church for Christian living.
Garden of Hope
Located in Restlawn Memorial Park, 3450 Eastern Avenue, this memorial garden for the post-abortive community offers a place of comfort and healing for those experiencing loss due to abortion. It offers the opportunity to mourn privately and to experience the reality of God’s love. Information is provided for anyone seeking further counseling.
Pregnancy Resource Center
PRC is a Christ-centered, pro-life ministry working to demonstrate God’s character as they protect pre-born children, meet the needs of those unprepared for pregnancy, help heal lives affected by abortion and challenge people to embrace a Biblical view of sexuality.
Safe Haven provides domestic violence services offering residential emergency shelter and non-residential services including counseling, support groups, case management, advocacy and children’s trauma workshops. Their outreach programs bring education and prevention initiatives to agencies, schools, businesses and churches in the community.
Youth for Christ Grand Rapids
YFC reaches young people in every people group, in every nation to raise up followers of Jesus Christ. Often working in school settings, activities are planned to provide opportunities that will allow students to make an informed decision to be a follower of Christ.