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Homeless Youth program helps when no one else is there

For some people, being resilient is a way of life. As early as five years old, one Arbor Circle Homeless Youth client was removed from her mother who was selling drugs. During the course of multiple foster home placements and other times when she was physically and sexually abused, she was separated from her siblings and left completely on her own.

She dropped out of school in the 9th grade and ran away…again; staying with friends and other family members for short periods of time. She lived this way for years.

Pathways has merged into Arbor Circle

The Boards of Directors of Arbor Circle and Pathways, MI announced Pathways, MI has officially merged with and into Arbor Circle as of October 2016. As a result of the merger, Pathways, MI is now a program of Arbor Circle.

“We are for what this new venture holds for the organization and all those we serve,” said Arbor Circle President and CEO Jack Greenfield. “We will now be providing services to nearly 25,000 children, youth and adults in 11 counties across West Michigan.”

Pathways, MI to Merge with Arbor Circle

The Boards of Directors of Arbor Circle and Pathways, MI announced they have signed an agreement for Pathways to merge with and into Arbor Circle. The merger will complete a partnership between Arbor Circle and Pathways that started last year.

HHS Office of Minority Health awards Arbor Circle $1.78m in federal funding over 5 years to support re-entry programs

The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Arbor Circle among the seven organizations to receive federal grant funding under a new grant program, the Re-Entry Community Linkages (RE-LINK) Program. Arbor Circle will receive $356,000 to support efforts to improve the health outcomes for minority and/or disadvantaged re-entrants, ages 18-26, in transition from jail to their communities.

2016 Annual Report

It is with deep gratitude to our supporters that we share this report of our impact in 2016.

I now see all the beautiful things that the world has to offer

It was common in “Sophia’s” house for there to be a lot of yelling and screaming.  Her mother’s untreated mental health issues created an unstable home environment and left Sophia feeling unwanted and belittled, creating depression and anxiety.  She was scared.  Eventually it got so bad that she was taken away by CPS and placed into foster care.

Arbor Circle and The Network Awarded Grant by Our LGBT Fund for New Collaborative Program

December 10, 2015—Our LGBT Fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently awarded its first grant--$20,000—to a new collaborative project between Arbor Circle and the Lesbian Gay Community Network of Western Michigan (The Network) for a program that will help LGBT youth and families. Both Arbor Circle and The Network will work collaboratively to identify youth in need of care and to implement an evidence-based therapeutic program focused on The Family Acceptance model.

Join us at Arbor Circle's 2018 Spring Dinner



Social Hour featuring appetizers and a cash bar (ATM onsite) 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Dinner & Program 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E Beltline Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI  49525

$100 per guest. 


For over twenty years, Arbor Circle has been working to transform lives and offer hope to all we serve. Our mission is made possible by our supporters, volunteers and community partners.

We hope you will join us at this year's Spring Dinner as we celebrate community partnership, and recognize three honorees who have worked alongside Arbor Circle as partners in wellness.

$100 per guest. Dress is business casual.

For additional information, or information on sponsoring this event, please visit our Spring Dinner Sponsorship page or contact Janelle Hill at (616) 456-6571 ext. 1238.

Gerald's Story of Resilience

Gerald was an angry and frustrated 16-year old who was in trouble. He was performing poorly in school and skipping frequently. He was fighting with his parents constantly, ignoring their requests and staying out late. After a fight with his parents, Gerald ran away from home and connected with The Bridge, Arbor Circle’s shelter for runaway and homeless youth. Our staff helped him work through the issues that were troubling him and repair the relationship with his family.