Victim Service Unit

Michigan
Bob Mendham
County Sheriff
  • Undersheriff Chad Palmiter
    1035 E James Street, PO Box 845
    White Cloud, MI 49349
    Monday – Friday, 8am-12pm,1pm-5pm

  • (231) 689-7303
    (231) 689-7273

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office Victim Service Unit provides Victim Advocates to meet the needs of those who are victims or witnesses to a crime. The Unit is made up of caring and compassionate volunteer citizens who are dedicated to helping victims survive a crisis or a crime against them. Often this traumatic event is a person’s first experience with the criminal justice system. They strive to help victims with dignity, compassion and concern.

An Advocate Can Provide

  • Basic Crisis Intervention
  • Community Information & Referrals
  • Emotional Support
  • Attempt to Locate Translators as Needed
  • Coordination with Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Office is cognizant of the needs of victims of accidents, fires and seriousviolent crimes, as well as the needs of their families. The Victim Service Unit was established to support those needs. Victim Advocates are volunteers of that organization that aid citizens during critical incidents. Advocates volunteer their time on an “on call” basis to provide services at the actual time of crisis.

This program is intended to aid anyone in crisis by providing basic crisis intervention. The role of the advocate is to provide immediate assistance, help the victim over the initial “shock” during an incident. Advocates help victims who are coping with the reality of what has happened and what may happen in the future. They also provide referral information to people who need additional assistance. The program is not intended to solve the victim’s problems or to provide counseling.

The following is a list of resources available. Phone the numbers listed for information and help or click on the links provided.

Victim Resources

Newaygo County Resources
Bethany Christian Services –  (231) 924-3390
District #10 Health Department – (231) 689-7300
Newaygo County Community Mental Health – (231) 689-7330

Individual and Family Support Services
Newaygo County Community Services (NCCS) – (231) 924-0641
Newaygo County Family Independence Agency – (231) 689-5500

Counseling Services
ALPHA Women Center – (231) 652-1548
Counseling, Baby Care Items
Every Woman’s Place – (231) 796-4493
24-Hour Crisis Line 1-231-722-3333
PROST – (231) 652-1780

Women’s Information Service – 1-800-374-WISE (9473)
24- Hour Crisis Line – 1-231-796-6600
Domestic Violence, Supportive Counseling, Emergency Shelter, Sexual Assault Counseling & Advocacy

Food / Clothing/Housing
All Saints Church – (231) 924-0160
Five-Cap Inc. – (231) 757-3785
Habitat for Humanity – (231) 924-0350
LOVE Inc. of Southern Newaygo County – (231) 834-5970
Newaygo County Community Development – (231) 689-2100
St. Bail’s Christian Service – (231) 652-1286
White Cloud United Methodist Church – (231) 689-5911 or 689-6774
Global Friendships – (231) 924-4042

Hospitals
Gerber Memorial Hospital – (231) 924-3300
Hackley Hospital – (231) 726-3511
Mary Free Bed – (616) 243-0300
Mecosta County Medical Center – (231) 796-8691
Mercy Hospital – (231) 739-9341
Help Nurse 1-800-458-4636
St. Mary’s Hospital – (616) 752-6090

Physicians
Family Health Care
Grant – (231) 834-0444
White Cloud – (231) 689-5943
Grant Family Health – (231) 834-5644
Healthy Beginnings – (231) 689-6447
Hesperia Medical Center – (231) 854-6415
Newaygo Medical Center – (231) 652-1631
Pine Medical Group – (231) 924-4200

Medicaid Dental Providers
Grand Valley Dental – (616) 245-2767 Grand Rapids
Family Health Care – (231) 745-2736 Baldwin
(For additional dental care provider numbers – call FIA)

Red Cross
Muskegon/Oceana Area Red Cross or 1-800-639-2946
Muskegon (231) 726-3555
Fremont (231) 924-9860

Office of Justice Programs – http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/

Office for Victims of Crime – http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc<

National Victim Resources

  • Battered Women’s Justice Project – (800) 903-0111
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs – Indian Country Child Abuse Hotline – (800) 633-5155
  • Childhelp USA/Forrester National Child Abuse Hotline – (800) 422-4453 (800) 222-4453, TDD
  • Family Violence Prevention Fund/Health Resource Center – (800) 313-1310
  • Justice Statistics Clearinghouse – (800) 732-3277
  • Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse – (800) 638-8736
  • Mothers Against Drunk Drivers – (800) 438-6233
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – (800) 843-5678, (800) 826-7653, TDD
  • National Center for Victims of Crime – (800) 394-2255
  • National Children’s Alliance – (800) 239-9950
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information – (800) 729-6686, (800) 487-4889, TDD, (800) 735-2258, Hearing Impaired
  • National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect – (800) 394-3366
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service – (800) 851-3420, (800) 787-3224, TTY
  • National Fraud Information Hotline – (800) 876-7060
  • National Organization for Victim Assistance – (800) 879-6682
  • National Resource Center on Domestic Violence – (800) 537-2238, (800) 553-2508, TTY
  • Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center – (800) 627-6872
  • Parents of Murdered Children – (800) 818-7662
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network – (800) 656-4673
  • Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Child Protection, and Custody – (800) 527-3223