Alpha Grand Rapids Services
At Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR), we believe that everyone deserves support. All of our services are free, confidential, and available regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, nationality, or residence. The only thing we require is a photo ID. Please feel free to join as many programs as you would like!
Our programs are grouped into four categories:
If you think you may have a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), you can be tested by a trained medical staff member. Alpha Grand Rapids provides urine testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and we can refer you for treatment if the test is positive. STD testing is available by appointment on Wednesdays from 9am-1pm. Contact Us for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Ultrasounds are available by appointment for those who qualify. A Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) will perform your ultrasound and assess the viability of the pregnancy. Ultrasounds are then reviewed by a doctor. Visit our Pregnant? page for more information, or Contact Us to schedule an appointment.
Trained mentors (for women) and coaches (for men) are available to provide you with caring, compassionate support as well as information and education. Meet one-on-one to discuss various topics like parenting, relationships, finances, goal-setting, etc. Appointments take place once a month and last approximately one hour, including 40-45 minutes spent talking with the mentor/coach and the remaining time spent shopping in the store. These appointments can take place any time during our open hours, so we can schedule a time that works best for you. Contact Us to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Job & Career Support
Will be offered once the Men’s Center is completed
Single Moms Support Group
The Single Moms Support Group meets from 10:30am-1pm on Tuesdays or Fridays (you can choose the day that works best for you). Groups meet every week during the school year and for monthly picnics during the summer. Participate in group discussions, create a beautiful craft to take home, and enjoy a delicious lunch. Childcare is provided for children age 5 and younger. Contact Us for more information about joining a group.
Single Dads Support Group
Will be offered once the Men’s Center is completed
GED Completion Program
Our GED Completion Program for women is led by professional teachers and meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm during the school year (September-May). One-on-one tutoring and study materials are provided in addition to group lessons. Practice tests can be taken on-site at Alpha Grand Rapids, and we will help you schedule your tests when you are ready. Alpha Grand Rapids pays for your first attempt at every test (each test is $37.50 and there are 4 tests). You must pass a placement test to qualify for this program. Men can also complete their GED through one-on-one coaching. Contact Us for more information.
The Parenting Class provides a group atmosphere where both new and experienced parents can learn from and encourage each other. This class runs for six weeks and focuses on building strong, healthy relationships between parents and children. The class is offered quarterly and participants can receive gas cards or bus passes by attending. Contact Us to learn more.
Pregnancy Education Class
Join our Pregnancy Education Class to learn about how both mom’s and baby’s bodies develop during pregnancy, prenatal care, labor and delivery information, basic infant care, and signs of postpartum depression. This class brings in health professionals from the Grand Rapids community to provide you with expert information. By attending all four sessions, you can receive a free pack ‘n play with a bassinet! This class is offered quarterly. Men are welcome to attend with their partner. Contact Us to learn when the next class will be held.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Class
Learn English alongside other students with the help of trained tutors and people who are certified in teaching English as a second language. The ESL Class runs from September to May (following the school year) and is held on Thursday mornings from 10-11:30am. Childcare is provided for children five and under. Contact Us for more information.
Clases de Inglés
Aprenda Inglés junto a otros estudiantes con la guía de tutores entrenados y personas certificadas en enseñar Inglés como segunda lengua.
Las clases de Inglés van desde Septiembre a Mayo (como el calendario del año escolar) y son dadas los Jueves en la mañana de 10:00-11:30 a.m. Se ofrece servicio de guardería de niños hasta seis (6) años. Contáctenos para mayor información.
Spanish Support Group
Alpha Grand Rapids is happy to partner with the Michigan State University Extension to offer this program. The Spanish Support Group offers educational information about topics including nutrition, self-esteem, parenting, and more. This group meets on Wednesdays from 10-11:30am during the school year (September-May). Childcare is provided for children five and under. Contact Us for more information.
Grupo de Apoyo en Español
Alpha Grand Rapids tiene el placer de asociarse con la Extensión de la Universidad de Michigan State. El grupo de Apoyo en Español ofrece programas educativos sobre temas como nutrición, auto-estima, clases para padres, y más. Este grupo se reune los Miércoles de 10-11:30 a.m. durante el año escolar (Septiembre-Mayo). Se ofrece servicio de guardería de niños hasta seis (6) años. Contáctenos para mayor información.
At AGR, we allow one emergency visit to receive diapers. After that, you can join a program to continue receiving “Alpha Bucks” to spend in our store. The store has items like diapers, wipes, formula, baby clothes, toys, and maternity clothes. You can also save up Alpha Bucks for a new pack ‘n play or car seat. Programs vary on how often shopping times are available and how many Alpha Bucks are provided. Contact Us to schedule an emergency visit or to learn more about which program will best fit your needs.