The Access of West Michigan Congregation Connections program projects an increase in financial requests due to COVID-19 coming through congregation partners in the coming months. Due to this, we have set up the Congregation COVID-19 Response Initiative to supplement congregation giving to individuals seeking financial help.  

We are partnering with several local efforts and collaboratives to offer a multi-dimensional approach to the increase in urgent financial needs in our community. These resources include the promotion of or facilitation of: 


Gap funding* for financial requests that are brought to us through the current Congregation Connections program. Housed at Access. 

  • The casework program will continue as normal, we will use this fund to supplement any gap in funding for a family referred to us. 
  • Dollar amount used per request will vary depending on need, between $150-$300 
  • Casework Fund Criteria for usage (to determine if a case/client is eligible to receive gap funds): One time assist from Access casework fund within a two-month period, will only assist with $150.00 =140 cases (Flexible), for cases related to rent, utilities, car insurance, or auto repair

Undocumented families funding for requests referred to us on behalf of families in our community who do not qualify for other federal, state, or local assistance due to their documentation status.  

  • This is a funding collaborative of Access, the Micah Center, and local congregations to support rent and utilities and other extenuating needs
Your support will directly impact individuals and families who need assistance, and allow our staff to continue to seek collaborative solutions and care for those who are vulnerable, while at the same time continuing forward on our work to address root issues of poverty and inequity. For more information on these funds, contact Nikeyia Perkins, Congregation Connections Director: 

*A note to congregation donors who already partner in our casework program: This fund is meant to subsidize or fill in the gap for assistance a congregation is offering. We will not be able to set aside or earmark your donation specifically for your referrals at this time. We will continue to invoice your commitments at the end of each month.