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If you're learning Spanish at Calvin, you won't just study it in the classroom; you'll experience it in Grand Rapids. With over 29,000 Hispanics living in Grand Rapids (that's about 16 percent of the city's population!), it isn't too difficult to discover ways to use your Spanish in the community. Whether you volunteer to serves the Hispanic population, worship at a Spanish-speaking church, or enjoy a meal at a Latin American restaurant, you are sure to discover a way to meet the Hispanic community of Grand Rapids.

Check out our list of area Hispanic contacts below, or visit the Service-Learning Center for more ideas on how to serve.


American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids
1050 Fuller Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Lunes–Viernes, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Arbor Circle
(Counseling, education, prevention programs, & more)
1115 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 

Catholic Charities West Michigan
(Community outreach, counseling services, child welfare programs, family preservation programs)
40 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Cherry Street Health Services
(Various health services for low-income families) 
Heart of the City Health Center:
100 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
*Visit website for hours as well as more locations across Grand Rapids

Clínica Santa María 
(Bilingual staff providing health care and counseling for underserved, homeless, migrants, and uninsured)
730 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Lunes–Viernes: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Martes: 7 a.m.–8 p.m.

Exalta Health
Sarah Pegman, Volunteer Coordinator
616-475-8446 ext. 116
Volunteer interest form at website

Goodwill Industries 
(Vocational training)
3035 Prairie St SW
Grandville, MI 49418 

Heartside Health Center
(Health care, social services, and family practice for people without a permanent residence; bilingual staff)
359 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Lunes–Viernes: 7:45 a.m.–5 p.m.
Martes: 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m.

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan 
*Always looking for volunteers - do not need to be fluent*
(Family support services, adult education, youth services, and more)
1204 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Lunes–Viernes: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Hispanic Ministry Office of the Catholic Church 
(Serves the pastoral needs of Hispanic Catholics within the Midwest Region)
Cathedral Square Center 
360 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Juan Farias-Gonzalez, Director

Mel Trotter Ministries
*Volunteers for interpretation needed*
(Shelter, food, education, biblical studies, computer-based learning, and work training for those in need) 
225 Commerce Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
General service line: 616-454-8249

Migrant Legal Aid 
(Offers a variety of legal services to migrant workers)
1104 Fuller Ave NE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

Refugee Resettlement (Bethany Christian Services)
(Assists refugee families in resettling in West Michigan)
901 Eastern Ave. NE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
616-224-7550 to volunteer

Roosevelt Park Ministries
*Always looking for volunteers — call or fill out a volunteer application on the website* 
(ESL & literacy services, teen/youth programs, family enrichment programs, income tax preparation, and bilingual counseling)
1530 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Lunes–Viernes: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
(Promotes and assists Hispanic-owned business leaders through educational workshops and more) 
2007 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

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Editorial Portavoz
(Publishing company for materials in Spanish)
2450 Oak Industrial Drive NE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 

Libros Desafío
1700 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508 
Lunes–Viernes: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Michigan Church Supply
360 Division St S, Suite 1B
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Lunes–Viernes: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sábado 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Casa del Rey
Victor y Lupe Morales, Pastores
2143 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49509
Domingo: 10:30 a.m.
Miércoles: 7:30 p.m.

Cathedral of Saint Andrew (Catholic)
Church Location:
301 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Domingo, 12 p.m.
Parish Office:
215 Sheldon Blvd. SE
Lunes-Jueves: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Viernes: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Eastern Avenue CRC
514 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Domingo: 11 a.m. (Bilingual service)

Esperanza Covenant Church
1933 Tremont Blvd NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 
Dale Dalman, Pastor 
Domingo: 12:45 p.m.-2 p.m. — Tiempo de alabanza y enseñanza
Miércoles: 6:45 p.m.-8 p.m.
 — Clases de inglés para adultos (durante el año escolar)
Lunes–Miércoles: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. — Food pantry comunitaria

Iglesia Alas de Águila
6375 Winans St.
Allendale, MI 
Domingo: 1 p.m. — Servicio de Alabanza

Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Emanuel
1265 36th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Domingo: 11 a.m. y 5 p.m.

Iglesia de Dios Nueva Jerusalén
255 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548 
Andrés Garcia, Pastor

Iglesia Evangélica de Restauración
2788 Woodward Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Domingo: 10 a.m.
Viernes: 7 p.m.

*Note: Women and men sit on opposite sides of the church. Women also cover their heads and wear long skirts.*

Iglesia Nueva Vida (Grand Rapids First)
2100 44th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49519 
616-531-2100 ext. 111 for Hispanic Ministry Center, ext. 148 for Pastor
Domingo: 9 a.m. en (Español), 11 a.m. (en inglés traducido al Español)
Miércoles: 7 p.m. 

Jonathan Espinoza, Pastor

Iglesia Vida (Resurrection Life Church)
Holland Campus:
1006 S. Washington Ave
Holland, MI 49423
Domingo: 12 p.m.
Grandville Campus:
5100 Ivanrest Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
*Enter the Rez Center in entrance E or H* 
Domingo: 11:30 a.m.

La Nueva Esperanza (United Methodist Church)
1005 Evergreen St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Nohemi V. Ramirez, Pastor
Domingo: 10 a.m. – Escuela Dominical
Domingo: 11:30 a.m. – Servicio de Adoración
Martes: 7 p.m. – Estudio Bíblico y oración

St. Mary's Catholic Church
423 First St. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Domingo: 11:30 a.m.

St. Joseph the Worker (Catholic)
225 32nd St SW
Wyoming, MI 49548
Sábado: 5 p.m. (Bilingual)
Domingo: 9 a.m. & 11 a.m. (en Español)

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El Vocero Hispano
2818 Vineland Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508 
Andrés Abreu, Editor

Lazo Cultural
2500 E. Beltline Ave. SE, STE G #118
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 

La Voz (Bilingual)
1066 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

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La Poderosa 93.3 FM
2422 Burton St SE, Suite B
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

WMUK FM 102.1
Western Michigan University 
1903 West Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
“Alma Latina” – Music and community info
Domingo: 4 p.m.

WYCE FM 88.1
711 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 
"El Mundo Musical" – Mexican hits
Oscar Zuniga, Host 
Lunes-Viernes: 5 a.m.–7 a.m.
Sábado-Domingo: 6 a.m.–8 a.m.

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El Arriero
2948 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Lunes-Jueves: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Viernes-Sábado: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Domingo: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

El Sombrero Restaurant
527 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 
Lunes-Sábado: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Maggie’s Kitchen
*Offers student discounts*
636 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 
Domingo, Cerrado
Lunes-Jueves: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Viernes-Sábado: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

San Chez, a Tapas Bistro
38 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Lunes-Jueves: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Viernes-Sábado: 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Tacos El Cuñado
455 Burton St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Domingo-Jueves: 9 a.m.-12 a.m.
Viernes-Sábado: 9 a.m.-3 a.m.
*See website for other locations around Grand Rapids

Taqueria San Jose
1338 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Lunes-Jueves: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Viernes-Sábado: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

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Adult Education (ESL)

Grand Rapids Adult Education Center
Beckwith School
2405 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505 
Main office: 616-819-2734
Oogie LaMar, Director 

*Class times for Fall 2019*
Morning: Lunes-Viernes—9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Afternoon: Lunes-Viernes—12:15 p.m.-3 p.m.
Evening: Lunes-Miercoles—5:15 p.m.-8:45 p.m.

ESL or Bilingual Programs

Brookside Elementary
2505 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 
Denishea Killingham, Principal

Buchanan Elementary
1775 Buchanan Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 
Evelyn Ortiz, Principal

Burton Elementary
2133 Buchanan Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 
Allison Woodside de Carillo, Principal 

Burton Middle
2133 Buchanan Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Michael Perez, Principal

Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
1205 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Aimee Garcia, Principal

Congress Elementary
940 Baldwin St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Erek Kooyman, Principal

Dickinson Cultural Center
*Not a language center school, offers ESL, and has a Spanish language requirement*
448 Dickinson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center
*Not a language center school, offers ESL, and has a Spanish language requirement*
851 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
Jerry McComb, Principal

Harrison Park
1441 Davis Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Troy Wilbon, Principal

Palmer Elementary
309 Palmer St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Leanne Lange, Principal

Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy
*Not a language center school, offers ESL, and has a Spanish language requirement*
3859 Chamberlain Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
Sherrie Ross, Principal

Sibley Elementary
943 Sibley St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Roselyn Charles-Maher, Principal

Westwood Middle School
1525 Mount Mercy Dr, NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 
Dennis Branson, Principal 

FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) Programs

Ada Christian School (grades 3-8)
6206 Ada Dr SE
Ada, MI 49301 
Melissa Brower, Principal

Immaculate Heart of Mary (grades PreK-8)
1951 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Holly Lake, Principal         

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish School (grades PreK-8)
1429 Wilcox Park Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 46506 
Suzi Furtwangler, Principal

Immersion Programs

Ada Vista Spanish Immersion Program (grades K-4)
[Forest Hills Public Schools]
7192 Bradfield SE
Ada, MI 49301 
Patrick Stecco, Principal 

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School (grades PreK-2)
1050 Iroquois Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 
Mark Krommendyk, Principal
Sara Seth, Spanish Immersion Coordinator

NorthPointe Christian Schools (grades PreK-3) 
540 Russwood St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Kari Huckaby, Director

Southwest Community Campus – dual language program (grades PreK-8)
[Grand Rapids Public Schools]
801 Oakland SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 
Carlos Delabarrera, Principal 

K-12 Spanish Programs

East Grand Rapids Public Schools (grades 1-12)     
District Office:
2915 Hall St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 

Forest Hills Public Schools                    
Administration Building: 
6590 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 

Grand Rapids Christian Schools
GRCS Administrative Office: 
2400 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 
Tom DeJonge, Superintendent

The Potter's House Elementary/Middle School & High School (grades PreK-12)
810 Van Raalte Dr SW 
Grand Rapids, MI 49509 
High School: 
2500 Newport SW 
Wyoming, MI 49519
John Booy, Superintendent

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El Matador Tortilla Factory
45 Franklin St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

La Familia Stop-N-Shop
(Puerto Rican)
1066 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 

El Milagro of Michigan (La Favorita Tortillería)
1846 Clyde Park Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49509 

Rodriguez Supermarket
2211 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49507 

Supermercado México
*Check out the website for more locations*
1160 Chicago Dr SW 
Wyoming, MI 49509
Lunes-Domingo: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

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Esperanza TV
(24-hour Spanish programming, available online)

GRTV - Cable channel 25
711 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 

WKTV - Channel 25 in Wyoming & Kentwood, U-Verse channel 99
5261 Clyde Park Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49509

(24-hour Spanish programming; videos available online)

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Translation and Interpretation Services

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
*Always looking for volunteers, do not have to be fluent - see also the Translation Internship
1204 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Interpreter Network LLC
(Interpretation in medical settings, legal venues, and business environments via video-conference, phone, or on-site appointments) 
4079 Park East Ct SE Suite 103
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Languages International
9028 N Rogers Dr SE Suite D
Caledonia, MI 49316

STI Translations 
160 Sluyter St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548 

Translations Unlimited
1455 Forest Hill Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546 
616-550-7057 / 616-942-5742

Voices for Health 
(Interpreting, translation, education, consultation, video interpretation in over 200 languages)
426 Plymouth Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
Lunes–Viernes: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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