Unemployment Resources

West Michigan Works: Serving the job seekers and employers of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties.

  • Weekly hot jobs lists – sign up to get list delivered to you inbox
  • Attend virtual hiring events
  • Job Fairs
  • Workshops
  • Practice interview skills
  • Info on high-demand industries
  • Refugee and immigrant employment services
  • Apprenticeship info


Job Seekers Office at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Parish: A center for employment info and preparation located in Grand Haven. Computers are available to conduct job searches. Guidance is given for on-line applications and interviewing skills. Trained staff are available.

  • Individual assistance with resume, cover letter and reference sheet development
  • Mentor program
  • ESL and GED classes (Call 616-494-8803 for more info)

616-842-0001 ext. 143

LearningExpress: Workforce skills for 21st Century Success is a dynamic e-learning platform with interactive tutorials, practice-tests, e-books and articles to help you achieve success in today’s job market.

  • Write resumes and cover letters
  • Learn computer skills
  • Build core academic skills
  • Prepare for GED, HiSET, and TASC tests
  • Prepare for occupational training, licensure and certification
  • Explore colleges and careers

This database is provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)

Community Resources

Call 2-1-1: Provide referrals to a wide variety of health and human service agencies and programs. CALL 2-1-1 helps people avoid crisis and foster self-sufficiency.

  • Utility shut-off
  • Affordable child care
  • Housing costs
  • Accessing health care
  • Caring for aging parents
  • Free tax preparation

231-733-1155 or 877-211-5253

The People Center: The People Center is to provide a safe place for the people of the area to come, to be heard, and to receive practical assistance in an atmosphere of dignity and trust.

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Temporary shelter
  • Access to other area resources


Neighborhood Housing Services: Helping individuals and families make informed decisions for safe and sustainable housing. Prepares new home buyers and existing home owners to successfully maintain homeownership. NHS provides HUD approved housing education and counseling.

  • Pre-purchase home buyer info
  • Mortgage default info
  • Renter education


Community Action House: No-cost classes for community members for home buyer and financial education.

  • Foreclosure prevention counseling
  • Budget and pre-purchase counseling
  • Home buyer education


Four Pointes Center for Successful Aging: Promote vitality, independence, and well-being of older adults in the N. Ottawa County community by providing services and information, encouraging recreation and lifelong learning.

  • Medicare/Medicaid Assistance
  • Prescription Assistance
  • Telephone Reassurance
  • Home Services
  • Medical Equipment
  • Resource and Referral Program


Other Links

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

HealthCare.gov: A change in your situation — like getting married, having a baby, or losing health coverage — can make you eligible for a Special Enrollment Period, allowing you to enroll in health insurance outside the yearly Open Enrollment Period.

MIChild/Healthy Kids/Plan First: Dental, Doctor visits, Family planning, Immunizations, Medical supplies, Mental health services, and more.