The Vineyard Church offers assistance to individuals and families through our Community Care ministry, which offers a food pantry, counseling, financial counseling, and cash assistance. We believe God’s best for everyone includes a life-sustaining connection to other believers – we’d love to help you find that here. Our best hope of overcoming our challenges is in community. For that reason, we don’t operate like an agency (giving assistance based upon rigid criteria), rather as a family. As you get to know the family, opening your life to others, the amount of help available increases, as does the possibility for real life change.
Our Community Care ministry is available to respond to help requests by phone on Monday through Thursday by calling our help line: (616) 920-0862 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have more immediate need for assistance, dial 211 in Kent County for United Way.
We offer three months “no strings attached” food assistance for individuals or families living in need. Just show up and let us know your need. After three months, we’ll ask that you complete our Seeds of Hope “assistance application” and discuss your need with a financial counselor.
Our food pantry is hosted at The Vineyard Church facility and is open on a first-come, first-served basis from 9-11 am on the third Saturday of every month. Call (616) 365-0303 or email to confirm schedule.
Recipients will be asked to complete an intake form, available here for download or in person.
Financial Counseling & Assistance
Financial counseling and cash assistance is provided by members of the Vineyard through volunteer staffing and an annual Christmas season collection (click here for information on the fund). Our primary aim is to help applicants gain the accomplishment of solving their problems on their own, with the wise counsel of others. Cash assistance is available when other options for solving the need are exhausted, and when the health, safety or welfare of a person/family is in danger. Application requires a meeting with a assistance counselor and a church ministry leader. Applications can be requested from a pastor during or after our services on Sunday morning or during Wednesday night Community Recovery.