Welcome to West Michigan and the Friendship Center!
Whether you are a refugee, immigrant, or resident from another country, welcome to West Michigan! West Michigan is a great place to live and it is better because you live here. The Friendship Center is a gathering space and a resource place for you. Here you will meet others from your culture and new American friends. We cannot imagine the changes and challenges you are facing, but you are not alone. We are here to help you and your family find success. We want to meet and learn from you!
Come join us Fridays at 6:00 for community, friendship, & fun!
Cascade Township Park.
Whenever the weather is good.
At the Center we offer:
- Community. Come and have coffee, tea, and snacks, meet Americans, share meals, play games, watch movies, bring your family, find rest for yourself and your children!
- Connections. Learn about life in America, find helpful resources and supplies, get involved as a volunteer!
- Conversations. Talk with friends, join our classes and groups, use our computers, get answers to questions about life here, practice your English. Call and ahead and stop in!
Because of the generosity of others, there is no cost for any of this! And because we respect each individual’s own beliefs and practices, we welcome everyone. Come find out what’s here. We care for you!
Meet Our Staff
Laura Cronin, our director, leads the Center. She brings thirteen years of experience working with people from different backgrounds, nationalities and religions showing love and care to everyone. She looks forward to meeting you!
Sal Nassar, our Program Coordinator, and his wife Rawan come from Jordan where they served refugees. They moved to the US to serve refugees here! They’ve seen the challenges. They want you to succeed.
Drop in and visit us at the Friendship Center. Please call ahead to make sure we are in. (865) 765-3985. Tutoring is available by appointment. All activities are suspended because of the Coronavirus. Call if you have donations or need assistance.
Every Monday: English Classes! Beginner, Intermediate and advanced classes 6:00-7:30 pm. Call the Center for more information.
Every Thursday: Women’s Group!SSSSssWomen, join us every Thursday 10:00AM – 12PM for conversation, crafts, lunch, and more! Child care is provided.
Every Friday: Community Meal!
Join us Friday’s 6:00 – 9:00PM at the Center for a meal. Bring friends and family. There is no charge!
The West Michigan Friendship Center
3665 29th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512