Welcome to West Michigan and the Friendship Center!

Whether you are a refugee, immigrant, or resident from another country, welcome to West Michigan! This is a great place to live and it is becoming 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!


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. See our Calendar of Events for upcoming times! 


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

Dan McDonough, our director, leads the Center. He brings twenty years of international experience and has traveled the globe extensively. He is excited to learn about you and from you!

Sal Nassar, our Program Coordinator, and his wife Rawan come from Jordan where they served refugees there. They moved to the US to serve refugees here! They’ve seen the challenges. They want you to succeed.


NOTE:  We will take a break from Friday Community Meal during Ramadan.  The next Friday Community Meal will be June 7.

Calendar of Events

We hope you will join us! Bring a friend!


Every Monday: Open Time!
Join us Mondays 9AM to 3PM for free time at the Center. Drop by for tea, rest, conversations, computers, other help, practice your English, and more!

Every Thursday: Mom’s Group!
Moms, join us every Thursday 10:00AM – 1PM 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!


Contact us!

The West Michigan Friendship Center

3665 29th St SE

Grand Rapids, MI 49512

(616) 828-5310