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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Clinics, Health

Mission: Catherine’s Health Center's mission is to provide health education, screening, treatment and referrals to uninsured and under-served residents of Grand Rapids.

Target demographics: Medically uninsured and underserved residents between the ages of 19-64.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2,000

Geographic areas served: Grand Rapids, MI

Programs: Direct Patient Care, Health Education, Medication Assistance, Women's Health Programs, Walking Programs, Optometry, Social Work

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

As a donor with somewhat limited funds, I am careful about where my dollars are spent. I always feel good about making a contribution to Catherine's. The stewardship is a hallmark. My dollars are leveraged and spent wisely. It always make my heart glad to hear from patients that they were well cared for here. It's an amazing place!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Catherine’s Health Center since it began in 1996. From the small nurse run clinic in the dark basement of a church to the first Gold LEED certified clinic in Michigan, the growth has been nothing short of amazing.

A Clinical Staff of Doctors, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, RN’s and Medical Assistants treat patients with compassion and dignity. The Administrative Staff, from the Executive Director, Development Director, Front Office Personnel and VISTA Workers, is second to none. And the 200+ volunteers make this clinic possible.

I am honored and blessed to be associated with such a caring, giving and humble group of people. They make Catherine's Health Center a quality place for health care.


Rating: 5

I feel honored to work with the wonderfully-dedicated people at Catherine's Health Center. I'm so impressed with the care they provide, always with heartfelt passion and commitment. The work I do as a volunteer helps communicate the vital role that Catherine's plays in the healthcare safety net... to provide medical care to the uninsured and under-insured residents of our community who have nowhere else to go. Thank you to the outstanding staff at Catherine's Health Center!


Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2007 I was self employed and caring for my disabled husband. When health issues forced me to stop working, I had no insurance and no money for health care, but I knew I needed help. No one was available for my issues, until I stumbled on Catherines Health Center. At that time they were located in the basement of a church, and they were life savers. They found me help for my issues and even surgery when it was needed. Since then my life has really changed with a chronic illness, but they continue to provide support when ever I need it. They are awesome caring people dedicated to provide quality service.



Rating: 5

Volunteering at Catherine's has helped me realize how important and essential it is to have access to health care. The office staff at Catherine's is very passionate about what they do on a day to day basis to better serve their patients. I loved being a part of such a positive atmosphere.

Marcie K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had let a lump in my breast go for several years because I had no insurance, when I finally confided in my sister she and her boyfriend called Catherines care for me to see if I could be seen there, they explained my situation to them and they got me in right away for only ten dollars. I had no job at the time so they worked and got me funded because it turned out I had stage 3b breast cancer. They were a God send and helped me so much. Without then I might not be here today. They set me up with Lack's Cancer Center and I am still here. In fact it was 5 years ago this month that I first went to Catherines care and was diagnosed by Lacks with the breast cancer. Thanks to my sister, her boyfriend ,Catherines and Lack's I am a 5 year survivor...God bless everyone and every agency that helped me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since 1995 I owned a small business and I had health insurance. In early 2008 work was getting scarce and I had to cancel the insurance because of the lack of work. Around the same time I needed health care so i somehow remembered that Catherine's was a walk in clinic so I made an appointment. Dr Walen listened to my symptoms at which time he took a simple blood test and he diagnosed diabetes. He gave me samples of the supplies I needed and provided followup care. Six months later I was very fatigued and I remembered Catherine's so I made an appointment. Karen listened to my symptoms and she took a blood test which showed a very low red blood cell count. She (and Dr Walen) told me to immediately go to the hospital for followup care. I went to Saint Mary's Hospital and a few days later I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with 95% of my blood cells were cancerous. I was admitted for 6 weeks of chemo at the Lacks Cancer Center which brought remission and a few months after that I was admitted for 3 months in Detroit for a Bone Marrow Transplant. Since my transplant I have been back to Catherine's only to tell them "Thank You"for saving my life. I was later told that if I had waited a few weeks more in going to the hospital for chemo I wouldn't have made it. This is why Catherine's holds a special place in my heart.