NowKalamazoo original story Choosing homelessness – for now: Part 2 of 3

Jon Foster’s drive to get out and stay out – of jail and homelessness – is slowed down by the realities of trudging through an inefficient system.

NowKalamazoo original story ‘Cuz, I’m going to open a restaurant’

The pandemic and massive construction disruptions were no match for the casual but sophisticated recipes at Ty’s Joint on Portage Street, which is nearing its one-year anniversary.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

January 11, 2022

The average daily infection numbers have skyrocketed to more than double what they were two weeks ago. Hospitalizations have jumped as well. One Kalamazoo hospital is at 100% capacity.

doreen gardner pouring peanut brittle into a pan

January 5, 2022

Doreen Gardner quit her job of 15 years at her church and is turning her family’s peanut brittle recipe into a family business.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

January 4, 2022

Case numbers have more than doubled in the past week, fueled by the Omicron variant. Hospitalizations, which had been dropping, are heading back up.

jon foster in front of a microphone

January 3, 2022

Finding himself at the bottom, Jon Foster documents his new start from here in Kalamazoo’s system for the unhoused.

anne bridentstine and melissa shufelt holding an ample pantry basket

December 22, 2021

The Ample Pantry’s new owners pledge to keep the same meals in an expanded menu and other upgrades to help the restaurant cater to market demands.

chart showing average COVID-19 infections in Kalamazoo County since March 2020

December 21, 2021

New infections, hospitalizations, and positivity rates have all seen steep declines in recent days. But death numbers stay stubbornly high.

a wide room with movable walls in the Black Arts and Cultural Center's new location.

December 20, 2021

Better Kalamazoo Mall visibility lets the 35-year-old Black Arts & Cultural Center call on the community to expand its mission.

Teresa Baker sits at a desk

December 17, 2021

Local independent book and notebook company is finding success in passing on lessons in empathy and entrepreneurship to kids.

jon foster sits across a desk from a social worker

December 16, 2021

When Kalamazoo city officials broke up encampments, they told people to seek help at the Gospel Mission and Ministry With Community. From there, the search for assistance continues in a poorly organized system.

kathy beebe stands behind a counter at caffe casa

December 15, 2021

The pandemic is no match for Caffe Casa and the couple who have served customers in the same Kalamazoo Mall location for nearly three decades.