Serving the most vulnerable populations in West Michigan since 1946, Catholic Charities West Michigan (CCWM) broke ground Thursday, Jan. 23 on a new administrative building and 14-bed detox center in Muskegon.

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The event included a blessing of the site by Monsignor William Duncan, vicar general and moderator of the curia for the Diocese of Grand Rapids; opening comments from CCWM’s CEO Chris Slater, and the groundbreaking which included the sheriff, local priests, the Mayor of Muskegon, Stephen Gawron, as well as CCWM staff and board members.

The facilities will be located at 1713 7th Street, just north of West Laketon Avenue on property acquired by CCWM through a land swap with the city of Muskegon. A range of services will be made available through the new location including counseling, family preservation services, foster care, adoption, Senior Corps, a baby and toddler pantry and the detox center.

Rendering of CCWM's new Muskegon detox center

Construction on the 21,000 square-foot service center and the 4,700 square-foot detox facility is anticipated for completion in late 2020. CCWM will continue to provide services out of its Third Street location until the new construction is completed.