COVID-19 Resources for Families & Students

Explore this page for community resources to support families and students throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For Michigan's Safe Schools Roadmap, please click here.
  • For West Shore ESD's COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Plan, please click here

Visit Great Start to Quality to find local child care providers and preschools near you.

COVID-19 Information & Prevention

For the most recent information about the COVID-19 pandemic and strategies to prevent transmission of the virus, please visit the following sites:

COVID-19 Testing

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has a Test Finder on their website to help you locate places throughout Michigan where you can get a free COVID-19 test.  You can also contact your medical provider or call the hotline for your hospital system:

  • 888-535-6136 | MDHHS Patient COVID-19 Hotline
  • 833-559-0659 | Spectrum Health Hotline
  • 833-247-1258 | Mercy Health Michigan Hotline
  • 231-935-0951 | Munson Hotline
  • 231-642-5292 | Northwest Michigan Health Services Testing Hotline

Food Assistance

  • Click here to apply for food benefits through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' MiBridges website.
  • 2-1-1 provides an updated list of food programs available in our region. Click here to select the food service you are looking for. Then refine the search to your county (on the left hand side of the screen).

Food Pantries

Lake County

St. Ann Catholic Church
1001 Michigan Ave
Baldwin, MI 49304
(231) 745-7997

Manna Pantry of Big Rapids
315 S State St.
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Mason County

Caritas Food Pantry
85 S Madison Ave
Custer, MI 49405
(231) 301-0626

Lakeshore Food Club
920 E. Tinkham Ave
Ludington, MI 49431
(231) 480-4334

Oceana County

First Baptist Church of Pentwater
101 S Rush St.
Pentwater, MI 49449
(231) 869-5149

New Hope Community Church
244 S 79th Ave.
Shelby, MI 49455
(231) 861-0536

Trinity Lutheran Church
5631 W Stony Lake Rd.
New Era, MI 49446
(231) 861-4059

Click here for a link to Michigan Department of Health and Human Services page to apply for Health Coverage and Costs.


  • Northwest Michigan Health Services: Northwest Michigan Health Services has a COVID warmline that is free to the community. You can access a therapist by phone at 231-655-3867 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Follow-up video or telehealth visits are available for families or individuals as needed. Follow-up services would be billed to insurance. To learn more, visit:
  • Spectrum Health's Behavioral Health Support Line: To reach Spectrum Health's COVID-19 Behavioral Health Support Line, call 833-559-0659 and select Option 2. You will be connected to a behavioral health professional for support. This service is available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day for those 18 and older.
  • Shelby Adolescent Health Center:  Adolescent health centers provide care to anyone age 10-21 who goes to school or resides in the respective county and their infants/young children. Services are provided at low or no-cost. Mental health services include: mental health assessment,  individual and family counseling, grief counseling, trauma counseling, and support groups. Click here to learn more or call 231-902-8550.
  • Staircase Youth Services: If you are a youth-in-crisis between the ages of 12-21 living in Lake, Mason, Manistee, Missaukee, Oceana and Wexford Counties, Staircase Youth Services can help. Call their 24-hour crisis line to speak to a friendly outreach specialist: 1-888-267-6086
  • West Michigan Community Mental Health (CMH): West Michigan CMH provides behavioral health services for adults, children, and families. To learn more, visit West Michigan CMH also provides a 24/7, 365-day emergency and crisis mental health services. A caring, trained clinician is available at all times by calling 800.992.2061. If you do not qualify for CMH services, they will help you find other local services available to you.
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, dial 1-800-273-8255.


  • Oceana Home Partnership: Housing support services for individuals and families in Lake, Mason, and Oceana counties. Click here to learn more. 
  • TrueNorth: TrueNorth strives to keep families and individuals in safe and affordable housing. If you are facing a housing crisis in Lake, Mason, Newaygo or Oceana counties or know someone who is, call 877.446.8730.
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: If you are currently experiencing homelessness and need assistance, call 2-1-1 and visit the Mi Bridges website for additional resources. 


  • Click here for a resource from the Center for Disease Control & Prevention on stress and coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The popular Calm app published this webpage with dozens of free resources including calming music, mindfulness strategies, and a daily Facebook live stream meditation.
  • Shine, a mental health app, has partnered with Mental Health America to create this online resource for coping with stress and anxiety.

Click here to file for unemployment benefits in Michigan. You can apply online or over the phone.

Need help with food, housing, or paying bills? Michigan 2-1-1 is an easy way to connect with help of all kinds, right in your community. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via call, text, or online search.