We Care Community Resource Center
Pantries, Programs and Ministries

We Care is THE resource for our area, offering over 25 programs and pantries to meet the needs of our community.  Primarily serving the West side of Van Buren county, in the communities of South Haven, Covert, Bangor, Bloomingdale, Breedsville, Grand Junction, Lacota, and Glenn.  If you are from another area and need help, please give the office a call - all are welcome (269-637-4342).


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Hours and Locations for Pantries
Please note, our pantry hours are different from our office hours.

List of items to donate to the pantries 

Pantries and Programs

We Care offers the following resources for our communities.  To make a donation, please take the items directly to the pantry of your choice. You can click here to see what items are needed to stock the shelves. 
If you need assistance through the pantries or ministries below, please call the We Care office first, so that we can help with all your needs. These are not all the opportunities and resources We Care has, but is a just some of the ways we can help.

FOOD PANTRIES:

  • 1st Congregational Church
    • 651 Phoenix St., South Haven
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 10 a.m. - Noon
    • 1st Congregational Church will be closed the first full week of November, 2022. 
 
  • Lily of the Valley Church
    • 30600 M-140, just North of Downtown Covert
    • Wednesdays, 12 noon - 2 p.m.
    • Clients can go once a month.
 
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    • 201 S. Walnut St., Bangor  
    • Thursdays, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Serves Bangor residents, Bangor Townships residents, and Bangor School Families.

PERSONAL HYGIENE PANTRIES:
  • First Assembly of God Church
    06500 Blue Star Hwy., South Haven
    • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Church of Christ
    214 Walnut St., Bangor
    • Tuesdays, 10 - Noon 


BABY ITEMS PANTRIES: 

  • Peace Lutheran Church
    06321 Blue Star Hwy, South Haven
    • Monday - Friday, 9 - 3
  • Simpson United Methodist Church
    507 Joy St., Bangor 
    • Thursdays, 10 - Noon


CLOTHING, FURNITURE AND HOUSEWARES

  • Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan or Saint Vincent De Paul Thrift Store  
  • If you're in need, you MUST get a voucher from South Haven 
  • Please click here, for the latest up to date list of free area stores.

UTILITIES PROGRAM
  • Coordinated by We Care and St. Basil Catholic Church.
    Anyone who is having a difficult time paying their utilities bills are invited to stop by and see how We Care can help.  The most complicated and intense program, We Care coordinates with up to 10 other agencies to ensure each bill is paid in full.

NEW!!!!  BILL ASSISTANCE MINISTRY
  • Due to COVID-19 and the crisis our community faces, generous donors have given financially to We Care in order to provide assistance for those facing difficulty paying their bills.  Give our office a call to see if you qualify!
 

TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY

  • RIDES to doctors appointments; Coordinated by Hope Reformed Church (Suspended due to COVID-19 until further notice) 
  • GAS VOUCHER for work or school
  • FREE Rides through VB Transit


MEDICAL EQUIPMENT LOAN PROGRAM  

  • Coordinated through the We Care office(s) and open to anyone, of any age or income
  • FREE medical equipment loaned on a first-come, first-serve basis


RAMPIN' FOR JESUS - Completed, reopens in the Spring

  • Ramps for those of any age with a medical need; coordinate also with Senior Services


HOUSING AND EMERGENCY SHELTER

  • Partnership with Holland Rescue Mission for Emergency Shelter; free gas card or ride to the shelter for those in need. For more information click here.
  • Partnership with Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency to provide housing assistance resources for those in need in Van Buren County through HARA. For more information click here.


SEASONAL PROGRAMS

  • Stock the School's Fun Fair.
  • HOLIDAY MEAL BASKETS
    • Coordinated through the We Care Office; Sign up begins October 1st for both those in need and for donors.
  • HOLIDAY GIFTS
    • Coordinated through the We Care Office; Sign up begins October 1st for both those in need and for donors.


OTHER RESOURCES: 

  • QUILTS for BURN OUTS - Kibbie Christian Reformed Church and The Red Cross
  • Need a home for last year's coats? Are you in need of a coat? Click here.









Donations

The pantries are always in need of items to stock their shelves.  Some of the biggest needs are:
FOOD ITEMS:
  • MEAT – Canned or Frozen 
  • Cereal  
  • Dry pasta 
  • Canned vegetables 
  • Canned fruit 
  • Tuna  
  • Spaghetti sauce  
  • Crackers  
  • Rice-A-Roni 
  • Pork & beans 
  • Canned soup 
  • Peanut butter 




BABY CARE ITEMS
  • Disposable Diapers
  • Disposable Baby Wipes
  • Baby Body Wash / Gentle Bar Soap
  • Baby Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Baby Powder
  • Diaper Rash Cream
  • Formula & Disposable Bottles
  • Cloth Washcloths
  • Baby Bibs
 
PERSONAL HYGIENE ITEMS:
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bleach 
  • Fabric softener sheets
  • Dish soap
  • Household cleaners
  • Trash bags
  • Toilet tissue
  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissues
  • Cotton Balls
  • Bar soap
  • Sanitary pads
  • Liquid soap
  • Tampons
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Adult diapers
  • Hand / body lotion
  • Hair Conditioner  
  • Shampoo
  • Sample size personal care items
  • Combs / hairbrushes
  • Q-Tips
  • Shaving cream
  • Disposable razors
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Mouthwash
  • Deodorant
  • Band Aids

Testimonials

“Thank you 1,000 times for all you did in getting us money for our pantry.  What a wonderful spirit you have!  You are a joy to work with !  Thank you!.”

— Marion A., Coordinator for the SH Personal Care Panty
“Thank you for sending us the continued support to feed people in South Haven and surrounding areas.  We are so blessed for your organization and all of the people who are apart of this ministry.”

— South Haven Meals Program
“Thank you for the prayers and donations. God Bless!”

— The Covert Food Pantry and Lily of the Valley Chruch
We Care Community Resource Center
Central Office
1301 M-43 Hwy, Suite 2B
South Haven, MI 49090
269-637-4342