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Spanish Activities: Spanish in the Community

Outside the classroom...and the campus

If you're learning Spanish at Calvin, you won't just study it in the classroom; you'll experience it—right here in Grand Rapids. And with over 29,000 Hispanics living in Grand Rapids (that's about 16% of the city's population!), it isn't too difficult to discover ways to use your Spanish right here in the community. Whether you choose to volunteer at an agency that 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.

Agencies

American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids
(interpreting for disaster victims)
1050 Fuller Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.456.8661
Lunes–Viernes, 8:30am–5:00pm

Arbor Circle
(counseling, education, prevention programs, & more)
1101 Ball Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
616.456.6571
Megan LeMieux, ext. 1315

CALL Immigration Services
(immigration form processing, consults, referrals)
2040 Raybrook Ave SE, Suite 204
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616.452.2433
Lunes, 9:00am–4:00pm
Martes–Jueves, 9:00am–3:00pm

Catholic Charities West Michigan
(community outreach, counseling services, child welfare programs, family preservation programs)
40 Jefferson Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.456.1443

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
616.965.8200
*visit website for hours as well as more locations across Grand Rapids

Clínica Santa María
(bilingual staff providing health care for underserved, homeless, migrants, & uninsured)
730 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.685.8400
Lunes–Viernes, 8:00am–5:00pm
Miércoles, 8:00am–9:00pm

Goodwill Industries
(vocational training)
3035 Prairie St SW
Grandville, MI 49418
616.532.4200
Lunes–Viernes, 8:00am–5:00pm

Heartside Health Center
(health care and social services for people who are homeless or without a permanent residence)
359 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.685.3800
Lunes–Viernes, 6:50am–3:30pm

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
*always looking for volunteers - do not need to be fluent*
(family support services, adult education and employment, youth services, & more)
1204 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.742.0200
Lunes–Viernes 8:00am–5:00pm
(closed for lunch 12:00pm–1:00pm)

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
616.243.3927
Juan Farias-Gonzalez, Director
jfarias@dioceseofgrandrapids.org

Mel Trotter Ministries
(shelter, food, education, biblical studies, computer-based learning, and work training for those in need)
225 Commerce Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.454.8249
Noemi Negron, Volunteer Coordinator

Migrant Legal Aid
(offers a variety of legal srvices to migrant workers)
1104 Fuller Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.454.5055

Refugee Resettlement (Bethany Christian Services)
(assists refugee families in resettling in West Michigan)
1050 36th St SE, Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
616.224.7540
GRrefugee@bethany.org

Roosevelt Park Ministries
*always looking for volunteers - contact Vicki Vermeer*
(ESL & literacy services, teen/youth programs, family enrichment programs, income tax preparation)
1530 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.475.5881
Lunes–Viernes, 9:00am–5:00pm

Voices for Health
(interpreting, translation, education, consultation)
2851 Michigan St NE, Suite 104
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616.233.6505
info@voicesforhealth.com
Lunes–Viernes, 8:00am–5:00pm

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
(promotes and assists Hispanic-owned business leaders)
1167 Madison Ave SE, Suite 102
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.452.3960


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Bookstores

Editorial Portavoz (Kregel Bookstore)
733 Wealthy St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
1.877.733.2607
portavoz@portavoz.com

Family Christian Stores
3120 28th St SE, Suite B
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616.949.8892
Lunes–Sábado, 10:00am–9:00pm
Domingo, 12:00pm–5:00pm

Libros Desafío
1700 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
1.800.426.8355
Lunes–Viernes, 8:00am–5:00pm

Michigan Church Supply
360 Division St S, Suite 1B
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.245.2251
Lunes–Sábado, 9:00am–5:00pm


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Churches

Casa del Rey
Victor y Lupe Morales, Pastores
Current Location: South Christian High School
160 68th St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Domingo, 10:30am
Additional Service: Oficinas Centrales
2143 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49509
616.243.4505
Martes, 7:30pm

Cathedral of Saint Andrew (Catholic)
215 Sheldon SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.456.1454
Domingo, 12:00pm

Eastern Avenue CRC
514 Eastern Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.454.4888
eacrc@eacrc.org
Domingo, 11:00am (bilingual service)

Esperanza Covenant Church
1933 Tremont Blvd NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.453.6346
Dale Dalman, pastor
esperanzacovenantchurch@gmail.com
Domingo, 12:45pm-2:00pm - Tiempo de alabanza y enseñanza
Miércoles, 6:45pm–8:00pm
– Clases de inglés para adultos
Lunes–Miércoles, 12:30pm–2:30pm – Food pantry comunitaria

Iglesia Alas de Águila
1261 Lee St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
Israel Alvarado, Pastor
Domingo, 12:00pm - Reunión dominical familiar
Martes, 7:00pm
– Reunión de oración

Iglesia Central Hispana de Grand Rapids
700 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.243.3405
Roberto Clouzet, Pastor
Sábado, 9:30am – Sabbath School
Sábado, 11:00am –
Worship Service

Iglesia Cristiana Reformada Emanuel
1265 36th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
emanuelcrc@gmail.com
Carlos Tápanes, Pastor
616.308.3805 (pastor number)
Domingo, 11:00am y 5:00pm

Iglesia de Dios Nueva Jerusalén
255 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
616.617.6249
Andrés Garcia, Pastor
pastorandres1@netzero.com

Iglesia Evangelica de Restauración
2788 Woodward Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
616.257.3983
Domingo, 10:00am
Viernes, 7:00pm

*A few things to consider: women and men seated on opposite sides of the church, women cover their heads and wear long skirts*

Iglesia Nueva Vida (Grand Rapids First)
2100 44th St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49519
616.531.2100
Domingo, 9:00am (rooms E229 & 230 – Entry I & upstairs)
Miércoles, 7:00pm (rooms E220, 222, & 223 – Entry O & upstairs)

Jonathan Espinoza, Pastor

Iglesia Vida (Resurrection Life Church)
Holland Campus:
1006 S. Washington Ave
Holland, MI 49423
616.406.2220
iglesiavidadeholland@reslife.org
Domingo, 12:00pm
Grandville Campus:
5100 Ivanrest Ave SW
Grandville, MI 49418
*enter the Rez Center in entrance E or H*
616.249.3707
iglesiavida@reslife.org
Domingo, 11:30am

La Nueva Esperanza (United Methodist Church)
1933 Buchanan SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.514.1327
lanuevaesperanza7@yahoo.com
Nohemi V. Ramirez, Pastor
Domingo, 10:00am – Escuela Dominical
Domingo, 11:30am – Servicio de Adoración

St. Joseph the Worker (Catholic)
225 32nd St SW
Wyoming, MI 49548
616.456.7982
Rev. Steven D. Cron, Pastor
Sábado, 5:00pm (bilingual)
Domingo, 9:00am & 11:00am (en español)


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Newspapers

El Vocero Hispano
2818 Vineland Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
616.246.6023
Andrés Abreu, Editor
editor@elvocerous.com

Latino Dek magazine
616.516.7891

Lazo Cultural
3923 28th St SE #118
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616.977.0658

La Voz (bilingual)
1066 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.581.6271
Dr. José A. Flores, Publisher


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Radio

La Poderosa 640 AM
2422 Burton St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616.949.9582
lapoderosa640am@yahoo.com

WMUK FM 102.1
Western Michigan University – Friedmann Hall
1903 West Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
1.269.387.5715
“El Alma Latina” – music and community info
Domingo, 4:00pm–5:00pm

WYCE FM 88.1
711 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.459.4788
"El Mundo Musical" – Mexican hits
Oscar Zuniga, Host
Lunes-Viernes, 5:30am–7:00am
Domingo, 6:00am–8:00am


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Restaurants

Beltline Bar
16 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
616.245.0494
Lunes-Miércoles, 10:00am-12:00am
Jueves-Sábado, 10:00am-1:00am
Domingo, 11:00am-11:30pm

El Arriero
2948 28th St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616.977.2674
Lunes-Jueves, 11:00am-11:00pm
Viernes-Sábado, 11:00-11:30pm
Domingo, 11:00am-9:00pm

El Sombrero Restaurant
527 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.451.4290
Lunes-Sábado, 11:00am-10:00pm

La Cantina Mexican Restaurant
2770 East Paris Ave SE
Kentwood, MI 49546
616.949.9120
Lunes-Sábado, 11:00am-12:00am
Domingo, 12:00pm-10:00pm

La Mexicana Bakery
1628 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.248.3368

Maggie’s Kitchen
636 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.458.8583
Martes-Sábado, 9:00am-6:30pm
Domingo, 9:00am-3:00pm

San Chez, a Tapas Bistro
38 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.774.8272
Lunes-Jueves, 12:00pm-10:00pm
Viernes-Sábado, 12:00pm-11:00pm
Domingo, 12:00pm-10:00pm


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Schools

Adult Education (ESL)
*Also see the Agencies list for more organizations offering Adult Education.*

Grand Rapids Adult Education Center
2405 Leonard St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
616.819.2734
Esther Kuiper, Director
kuipere@grps.org

ESL or Bilingual Programs

Buchanan Elementary
1775 Buchanan Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.819.2252
Evelyn Ortiz, Principal
ortize@grpublicschools.org

Burton Elementary
2133 Buchanan Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.819.2262
Ana Aleman-Putman, Principal
aleman-putmana@grpublicschools.org

Burton Middle
2133 Buchanan Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.819.2269
Steve Beauclair, Principal
beauclairs@grps.org

Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
1205 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.819.2560
Aimee Garcia, Principal
garciaai@grpublicschools.org

Congress Elementary
940 Baldwin St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616.819.2201
Bridget Cheney, Principal
cheneyb@grpublicschools.org

Gerald R. Ford Academic Center
851 Madison Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.819.2640
Jerry McComb, Principal
mccombj@grps.org

Sherwood Park Global Studies Academy
3859 Chamberlain Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49508
616.819.3095
Arnetta Thompson, Principal
thompsona@grps.org

Westwood Middle School
1525 Mount Mercy Dr NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.819.3322
Dr. Arthur Garner, Principal
garnera@grpublicschools.org

FLES (Foreign Language in the Elementary School) Programs

Ada Christian School (grades 3-8)
6206 Ada Dr SE
Ada, MI 49301
616.676.1289
Melissa Brower, Principal
mbrower@adachristian.org

Immaculate Heart of Mary (grades PreK-8)
1951 Plymouth Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616.241.4633
Stacy Slomsky, Principal
principal@ihmschoolgr.com         

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish School (grades PreK-8)
1429 Wilcox Park Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 46506
616.458.4228
Suzi Furtwangler, Principal
sfurtwangler@stthomasgr.org

Immersion Programs

Ada Vista Spanish Immersion Program (grades K-4)
[Forest Hills Public Schools]
7192 Bradfield SE
Ada, MI 49301
616.493.8970
Jesús Santillán, Principal
jsantill@fhps.us

Grand Rapids Christian Elementary School (grades PreK-2)
1050 Iroquois Dr SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616.574.6500
Mark Krommendyk, Principal
mkrommen@grcs.org

NorthPoint Christian Schools (grades PreK-3)
540 Russwood St NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
616.363.4869
Kari Huckaby, Director
huckabyk@npchristian.org

Southwest Community Campus – dual language program (grades PreK-8)
[Grand Rapids Public Schools]
801 Oakland SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.819.2947
Carmen Fernandez, Principal
fernandezc@grpublicschools.org

K-12 Spanish Programs

East Grand Rapids Public Schools (grades 1-12)    
District Office:
2915 Hall St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616.235.3535

Forest Hills Public Schools                   
Administration Building:
6590 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616.493.8800

Grand Rapids Christian Schools
GRCS Administrative Office:
1508 Alexander Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
616.574.6000
Tom DeJonge, Superintendent
tdejonge@grcs.org

The Potter's House Elementary/Middle School & High School (grades PreK-12)
Elementary/Middle:
810 Van Raalte Dr SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49509
616.241.5202
High School:
2500 Newport SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
616.249.8050
John Booy, Superintendent
jbooy@pottershouseschool.org


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Stores

El Matador Tortilla Factory
45 Franklin St SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.241.1121

La Familia Stop-N-Shop
(Puerto Rican)
1066 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.243.9090

El Milagro of Michigan (La Favorita Tortillería)
1846 Clyde Park Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49509
616.452.6625

Rodriguez Supermarket
2211 Division Ave S
Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616.246.0970

Supermercado México
1160 Chicago Dr SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
616.245.7443
Lunes-Domingo, 8:00am-10:00pm


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Television

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

GRTV - cable channel 25
711 Bridge St NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.459.4788
Martes, 9:30pm –Tiempo Latino
Miércoles, 7:00am –Tiempo Latino
Viernes, 9:30am
– La Biblia Habla
Sábado, 1:30pm
– Tiempo Latino
Domingo, 7:00pm
– Luz en Medio

WKTV - channel 25 in Wyoming & Kentwood, U-Verse channel 99
5261 Clyde Park Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
616.261.5700
Lunes, 11:00am – Misión Evangelista
Martes, 12:30pm – La Biblia Habla
Jueves, 6:00pm – La Biblia Habla

Univisión
(24-hour Spanish programming; videos available online)


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Translation and Interpretation Services

El Centro Translations
*always looking for volunteers - do not need to be fluent*
1204 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
616.742.0194

Interpreter Network LLC
(interpretation in medical settings, legal venues, & business environments via video-conference, phone, or on-site appointments)
4079 Park East Ct SE Suite 103
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616.285.3701
jrettig@inetgr.net

Languages International
4665 44th St SE Suite A-1101
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616.285.0005

Spanish Today
160 Sluyter St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
616.249.9050

Translations Unlimited
1455 Forest Hill Ave SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
616.550.7057
translationsu@gmail.com


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Quick links

Check out our extensive list of Hispanic contacts in the Grand Rapids area to get connected!

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