Local/Community Resources

American Red Cross
(Mecosta/Osceola Counties)
Address: 218 S. Warren Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-6562
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9:00-4:00
E-mail: meceoarc@tucker-usa.com

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Mecosta/Osceola County
Address: 22203 Northland Paris, MI-49338
Phone: (231) 832-0069
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Mentoring program for youth ages 5-15.

Big Rapids Community Library
Address: 426 S. Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-5234
Fax: (231) 796-1078
Hours: T-Th 10:00 - 8:00, Friday 9:00-6:00, Saturday 10:00-3:00
Services offered: Library services and summer programs for children.

Big Rapids Public Schools
Address: 21034 15 Mile Rd., Big Rapids, MI-49307.
Phone: (231) 796-2627
Fax: (231) 592-0639
Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30
Services: Public education: K-12, Adult and community

Big Rapids High School
Address: 21175 15 Mile Rd., Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-7651
Fax: (231) 592-8505

Big Rapids Middle School
Address: 500 N Warren, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-9965
Fax: (231) 592-3494

Brookside Elementary School
Address: 210 Escott St., Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-8323
Fax: (231) 592-3496

Catholic Social Services
Address: 117 S. Warren, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-1583
Hours: M, W, Th-8:30-6:00, T-8:30-9:00, F-8:30-5:00
Services offered: Pregnancy counseling, adoption, foster care, families first programs.

Chamber of Commerce
(Mecosta County)
Address: 246 N State, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-7649
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Services offered: Works to keep businesses informed of current issues and plan various community events held throughout the year. Industrial and economic development and tourist information available.

City of Big Rapids
Address: 226 N Michigan, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 592-4015
Fax: (231) 796-6247
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00
Services offered: Recreation department provides programs for children, adults and seniors.

Crossroads Charter Academy
Address: 215 N State St, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-9041
Fax: (231) 796-9790
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Services offered: Charter School, K-12

Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan
(Mecosta, Osceola, Kent, Lake and Montcalm Counties)
Address: 678 Front St NW, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI-49504
Phone: (616) 774-0121
Fax: (616) 774-0323
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00, Evenings by appointment.
Services offered: Provides a volunteer mediation service for disputes including consumer/merchant, landlord/tenant, employer/employee and others.

Early Head Start
Mecosta County
Address: 405 S. 3rd St, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 592-0490
Fax: (231) 796-4665
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
Services offered: Services to children ages 0-3 and pregnant mothers. Provide in-home and center-based services.

Early Success Right From The Start
Address: 15800 190th Avenue, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (866) 592-9605
           (231) 796-9971.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Services offered: Available for families and caregivers of children ages birth to five who reside in the MOISD district. Fun nights, play groups and other activities.

Eastwood Elementary School
Address: 410 North Third St., Big Rapids, MI-49307.
Phone: (231) 796-5556
Fax: (231) 592-8502

Family Independence Agency
(Mecosta County and Lake County)
Address: 800 Watertower Rd, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-4300
           (231) 745-8107
           (231) 745-8159
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Services offered: Shelter, food and utility assistance.

Focus on Fours
Address: 410 N 3rd St., Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 592-0638
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:30-4:30
Services offered: Preschool half-day program for four year olds. Located at Eastwood Elementary School.

Hillcrest Elementary School
Address: 501 W Bridge St., Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-6234
Fax: (231) 592-3497

Human Aid
Address: 405 E 3rd St., Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-6203
Fax: (231) 832-9389
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
Services offered: Provides prevention, treatment and counseling services for substance abusers.

Legal Services of Western Michigan
(Lake, Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola Counties)
Address: 230 S Third St., Ste B, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-4878
           (800) 968-4878
FAX: (231) 796-2191
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00
Services offered: Attorneys for low income families and senior citizens concerning: benefit program appeals, landlord/tenant disputes, divorces with abuse issues, and social security and supplemental security income issues.

Mecosta County Area Manager
Address: 220 Pemberton Avenue, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 592-9912
Fax: (231) 592-9912

Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District
Address: 15760 190th Avenue, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-3543
Fax: (231) 796-3300
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
Services offered: Special needs education up to 26 years; gifted and talented education; vocational training, alternate education and summer recreation.

Mid Michigan Community Action Agency
(Mecosta County)
Please call for certification information
Address: 405 S. 3rd., Big Rapids, MI-49307.
Phone: (231) 796-4664
Services offered: Commodity Supplemental Food Program for Mecosta County.

Michigan State University Extension Service
Mecosta County
Address: 14485 Northland Drive, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 592-0792
Fax: (231) 592-9492
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-5:00
Services offered: Provides 4- H programs, agriculture, home economics and natural resources.

North East Michigan Community Service Agency Head Start
Address: Gordon Rd, Alpena, MI-49707
Phone: (800) 968-2226
           (989) 356-3474
Fax: (989) 358-1023
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
Services offered: Offers Head Start programs in Clare, Mecosta and Osceola Counties.

Planned Parenthood
Address: 110 Sanborn Ave., Suite B Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (231) 796-8612
Hours: Convenient morning, afternoon and evening hours. Call to schedule an appointment.
Services offered: Full family planning services, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, gynecological services for women and male services. All services are confidential and on a sliding fee scale.

Poison Control Center (24 hrs)
Address: 1840 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids, MI-49506
Phone: (800) 222-1222
Services offered: Emergency line poison exposure information.

Project Starburst
Address: 120 S. State Street, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-5342
Services offered: Individual Case Management Services, Sustainable Food Pantry, Personal Hygiene Pantry, Baby Supply and Diaper Pantry, Household Goods Pantry, Birthday Gift Program, Cleaning Supply Pantry, TIPLAP Housing Case Management, Holiday Food/Gift Program, Prescription Medicine Program, School Supplies Program, Specific Un-Met Needs Program, Medical Need Transportation Program, Infant Safe Sleep Program, FSU/Project Starburst Optical Program, Laundry Program, FSU/Project Starburst Dental Hygiene Program, Collaborative Fresh Produce Program.

Riverview Elementary School
Address: 509 Willow St., Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-2550
Fax: (231) 592-8501

Social Security Administration
(Big Rapids Office)
Address: 730 Water Tower Road, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (800) 772-1213
           (231) 796-6977
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:00
Services offered: Social Security Retirement, survivors and disability services; administers Supplemental Security Income(SSI).

Susan P. Wheatlake Women's Cancer and Wellness Center
Web: www.spwcenter.org
Phone: (231) 592-1030
Services offered: The Susan P. Wheatlake Women’s Cancer and Wellness Center and Program is a comprehensive, integrated Mecosta County Medical Center resource and referral system, wellness network and resource center that supports women during the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and recovery from cancer - physically, medically, emotionally and financially.

Third Avenue Soup Kitchen
Address: 326 N Third Avenue, Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 796-6874
Hours: Wednesday 11:30-12:30
Services offered: Free hot lunch every Wednesday

Women, Infants, and Children Services - Mecosta County
By Appointment
Address: 14485 Northland Drive Big Rapids, MI-49307
Phone: (231) 592-9440
Services offered: Food and nutrition programs to eligible pregnant women and children 0-5 years old.

Women's Health Clinic
By Appointment
Big Rapids (231-592-1360)
Reed City (231) 832-1111
Sexual health, fitness and nutrition, gynecology care, depression/anxiety, menstrual irregularities, STD screening and treatment, contraceptive planning, health lifestyle risk assessments, menopausal issues, acute primary care issues.