Community Navigation

A Glimpse of Africa

A Glimpse of Africa  mission is  to ensure the African immigrants and refugees are  visible, through advocacy, creating a sense of belonging,  breaking language, cultural and systemic barriers.

For a new American these essential needs, resources and opportunities are the difference between losing hope and having a thriving life as they set roots in West Michigan.

Concentric Program

Available to immigrant and refugee women and teen girls who live in Kent County and are looking for opportunities to build relationships with peers and with other community members from a variety of backgrounds while learning more about how to access the resources available in the community. Treetops contracts with and trains New American women to lead Concentric groups. This is a replicable model of providing a platform for local leaders and strengthening an area’s social fabric –

if you think a community you are a part of could benefit from the Concentric model please contact Jenna at

Health Navigation Toolkit

Organizations will find translated and customizable resources for Afghan newcomers navigating the U.S. healthcare system in this popular new toolkit from NRC-RIM. Among the resources are “I speak” wallet cards for requesting an interpreter, instructions for how to read a prescription label and request refills, and important information about patient rights and responsibilities

Michigan Health Department

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is a principal department of state of Michigan, headquartered in Lansing, that provides public assistance, child and family welfare services, and oversees health policy and management.

Additionally, the MDHHS oversees Michigan’s child and adult protective services, foster care, adoptions, juvenile justice, domestic violence, and child support programs. The MDHHS also licenses adult foster care, child day care and child welfare facilities

REC - Community Navigators

From our earliest days as an organization, one of our tenants has been to establish opportunities for more established refugees to share their trailblazing, lived experiences with newly arrived refugees, preparing them to successfully participate in the community. This vital and personal service helps refugees, whether they have recently resettled in the United States or have moved from another part of the country, feel welcomed and supported in their new community by someone who has “been there, done that,” and serves as a vital support for students and parents as they enroll, and engage, in local schools.

Sangwa Community App

platform designed to unite mentors and mentees, fostering a collaborative environment promoting higher education. Empowering students (mentees) to pose questions, complete with photos, to a diverse community of mentors.

If you would like to add your organization to our interactive map please read these informative slides or contact Felicien Sangwa at

West Michigan Asian American Association

The West Michigan Asian American Association, Inc. is a Michigan nonprofit corporation that seeks to build a collaborative, active, and committed Asian American community in West Michigan with a focus on healthcare, education, and civic engagement. 
In pursuit of its mission and vision, the WMAAA’s current programs and activities include a scholarship program, networking events, presentations and performances that promote appreciation for Asian culture, speaking engagements that promote greater awareness of healthcare issues affecting the Asian-American community, a patient navigation system, and other programs and activities that further its strategic objectives.   
 The WMAAA board of directors, its officers and the members of the committees that run its projects and activities are all volunteers of diverse backgrounds who have committed to promoting the spirit of collaboration and stewardship in the community.