Arbor Circle hired Monique Carter as the new program director for youth development services.
Carter has over 10 years of experience working with families in Grand Rapids, previously working for D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s, and more recently with Bethany Christian Services’ youth division. Carter also brings a Master of Social Work degree from Western Michigan University to her new position.
“Carter’s leadership in this field, paired with her dedication to this community’s young people, is a tremendous addition to Arbor Circle”, said Susan Sheppard, Arbor Circle’s COO. “Her passion for this work will guide us in how to best serve some of our most vulnerable community members.”
Arbor Circle’s youth development programs serve West Michigan youth through services including: a 24-hour crisis shelter located in Grand Rapids called The Bridge, as well as several other programs for youth who are struggling with housing instability, considering running away or who do not have safe shelter.
Through the pandemic, Arbor Circle served nearly 800 West Michigan young people experiencing increased difficulty with isolation and mental health concerns coupled with less access to resources and trusted adults.
“Arbor Circle has a mission and vision that I can proudly get behind,” said Carter. “I am so excited to work alongside such a talented group of leaders dedicated to tackling the everyday challenges of youth in this community.”
Arbor Circle provides mental health counseling, substance use treatment, family development support, adoption and foster care services, prevention programming and quality child care resources, and referral services. The organization has locations in Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, Allegan and Ottawa counties and serves thousands of children, adults and families each year.