Caring Network

The Caring Network makes a positive difference in the lives of moms, babies, and families. We help pregnant moms deliver healthy babies, develop positive parenting and lifestyle behaviors, and transition into self-sufficiency and stability. We are located in the Van Domelen Center at 1441 South Westnedge and available via phone at 269-381-1234 anytime! Please read below to learn more about our services and how we might be able to assist you or someone you know. We also encourage you to get involved and help us in this important work of love!

 The Ark Shelter

The Ark helps youth and families who are in crisis become stable, develop strong and healthy relationships, and develop positive, achievable goals for the future.

The Ark is physically located in Kalamazoo, but serves youth and their families in nine counties across southwest Michigan. If you or someone you know is homeless, has run away from home or needs immediate help, call our 24 hour crisis hotline at 1-800-873-8336.

The Ark Shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is always available via the crisis line (above).

To learn more about the range of services we offer to youth, please click here to watch an informational video.

If you (or someone you know) is in crisis, you can always call us (24/7/365) at 1-800-873-8336

Outreach and Prevention Services

Youth and families in crisis can access up to 90 days of prevention and outreach services. Staff travel to the youth's home in any of the nine counties we serve -- Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St Joseph, or Van Buren. Staff provide personalized and intensive services and help connect the family to long-term resources. The youth (and family) develop specific goals and work with case managers to achieve those goals, builgin stability and self-sufficiency in the process.

Youth Independent Living: Transitional Living Program

Youth ages 16-21 who are homeless or precariously housed can access transitional housing and supportive services through this program. Serving youth in Kalamazoo County, staff provide intensive case management and focus on building life skills and educational and employment resources while youth live in one of the five units (eight beds) in the program. The goal is to help the youth become independent and self-sufficient as they transition into adulthood.

A study funded by the federal government is being done to determine how Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo helps youth attain housing, education, and employment, and live independently. There will be more applicants than spaces available in this program. Youth who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected into the program based on a lottery, so some youth will get into the program and some will not.

Community Outreach

Staff members are available to come to your school or organization to provide information about all the services offered by The Ark. We can personalize these sessions to any audience and encourage you to call us to learn more.

Home Heating Assistance Available Through Catholic Charities

What is the Diocesan Heating Assistance Program?

The Diocesean Heating Assistance Program (DHAP) provides emergency heating assistance to needy persons residing within the nine counties of the Diocese of Kalamazoo (Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St Joseph, and Van Buren counties). The program begins in January each year and ends in March 28th (or earlier if no funds remain). Services are performed by Heating Assistance Volunteers at Catholic Charities. The program helps needy persons defray heating expenses and obtain heating resources (fuel oil, natural gas, electricity, firewood, etc).

The DHAP is funded through a special collection taken one weekend in November -- with funds contributed from more than 50 parishes and missions across the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Parishes/missions may keep 20% of the funds collected for local use, serving the poor and vulnerable. The remaining 80% is contributed to the DHAP Fund and given out to families in need.

To apply for assistance through this program, call your local parish/mission Heating Assistance Volunteer (HAV) between January and the end of March. To obtain the name of your local HAV, contact Catholic Charities via e-mail at and include your address in the e-mail or call 269-381-9800 during business hours. A maximum of $250 is set for each eligible family

Bridges Mental Health Counseling

Are you (or someone you know) dealing with any of the following issues?

Depression, anxiety or panic attacks, addiction, gay, lesbian or gender identity issues, relationship conflicts, anger, fear, sexual abuse, grief or loss, child behavior problems or any other family or relationship issues

Baraga Manor Apartments

Welcome Home to Baraga Manor Apartments

Baraga Manor Apartments, located just north of Kalamazoo in Otsego, MI, offers 48 one bedroom apartments for seniors 62+ and mobility impaired adults. We are located on a beautiful and natural setting but close to shopping and restaurants. If you'd like to know more -- or take a tour -- give us a call at 269-694-9711. Our printable brochure is also available by clicking here. We are always accepting applications and welcome you to visit our community!