We are very successful in practicing and living out collaboration. We believe that collaboration is key to achieving progress. Access is committed to ensuring that we do not duplicate efforts and instead combine efforts with other organizations to go further together than we could alone.”

-Emma Garcia, Co-Executive Director of Access of West Michigan

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Poverty Simulation Staffers Make the Workshops Happen, By Ellie Walburg

Poverty Simulation Staffers Make the Workshops Happen

Our staffers are important here at Access of West Michigan. In preparation for an upcoming Poverty Simulation, volunteer staffers Mary, Cindy, Tom and Rhoeda are busy at work compiling participant packets...

Poverty Simulation Asks: "What could we do differently?", By Ellie Walburg

Poverty Simulations Asks: "What could we do differently?"

Reading a news article about someone living in poverty is one thing. Actually experiencing it is another. Thursday afternoon on February 9, Metro Health Hospital Services hosted a poverty simulation workshop with Access of...


As a trusted community leader for over 30 years, Access fulfills our mission by utilizing our unique, cross-sector relationships and networks to proactively cultivate solutions to issues of poverty. We work together with community stakeholders to create sustainable outcomes through charitable contributions, grants and earned income.