Why Alternative Directions?

AD programs provide opportunities for offenders to make positive changes in their lives. Each service targets risk factors that keep offenders in a cycle of criminal behavior. When offenders change behavior and decide to engage in a prosocial lifestyle they can gain financial independence, earn the respect of their families, their communities and learn to respect themselves.

How does someone get into the Alternative Directions program?

Probationers and Probation Violators must be referred by their supervising agent and have a court order signed by a Judge. Parole Violators must be referred by the supervising agent.  Transitional Housing clients must be referred by the Offender Success Resource Navigator.

Will my loved one get the help that he needs?

That is completely dependent upon the resident’s motivation to change. It is important for the resident to use his time in the program to get the resources and services he needs. If a resident feels he needs services other than what is provided, it is his responsibility to communicate that information with his Case Manager.

Can I visit a resident of the program?

Alternative Directions residents can earn time out with family and loved ones by meeting case plan objectives and complying to program rules. Although they cannot receive personal calls, they are able to make calls if they are not on a restricted status. Residents can receive mail at 1706 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49507. Please make sure to write the resident’s first and last name clearly on the envelope.

How long is the program?

That depends on how a resident is ordered into the program, however, in most cases the length of the program is 4-5 months. Transitional Housing length of stay is dependent upon how long it takes to secure a safe and appropriate housing environment that is approved by the Parole Agent.

What property can a resident bring to the program?

How do residents get to and from their destinations?

Alternative Directions encourages public transportation to and from approved destinations, however, responsible family members or friends may transport if approved by Case Management. Residents may also have a bicycle that is in safe, working condition with a kickstand. Residents must have a lock, either combination or key, and staff must be able to unlock if needed.

What can I do to help support my loved one while they are in Alternative Directions?

Sometimes a little encouragement is all it takes to help someone stay on the right track. Please encourage your loved one to be accountable, avoid impulsive decisions, and stay on track toward a positive, prosocial lifestyle while in the program and beyond. Being in such a structured environment is not easy.  If the resident stays focused and uses their time effectively their stay will be much less stressful and much more productive.  

How can I apply for employment, volunteer positions, or internships with Alternative Directions?

If you are interested in applying for a position with Alternative Directions, please email a cover letter and resume to You can also pick up an application at 1706 S. Division Ave, Grand Rapids, MI 49507.

Where is Alternative Directions located?