Chris Killian


yafinceio harris sits and talks to a young man

A decade ago, two enemies in Kalamazoo put down their guns. Following two straight years of record gun violence in the city, their intervention program remains especially vigilant in helping others decide to disarm – or not pick up a gun in the first place.

donovan mcvey and joshua gray stand in front of a white board covered in scribbles

Room 35 has created a consultancy for other entrepreneurs with a focus on leveraging Kalamazoo’s massive networks for undercapitalized ideas and ambitious small businesses.

jon foster sits across a desk from a social worker

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.

lea braxton stands in front of a mural depciting a child crying

A mother whose daughter was killed by gunfire as a bystander wants answers and action. In grief, she has to be realistic not optimistic.

a group of people playing chess at tables

Chess club returns to Urban Alliance in Kalamazoo’s Edison neighborhood for fun and outreach intended to last a lifetime.

co-owners sipping drinks behind the bar

Downtown cocktail lounge Stamped Robin expands globally-inspired esthetic to next door coffee and food spot Café Robin, which officially landed last week.

a group of men and children sit in a meeting room

For a society that stereotypes and criticizes fathers for not being involved enough, it doesn’t give them a lot of support. A group of Kalamazoo dads is changing that.

chris oneill standing in front of pinball machines

The Milwood neighborhood’s fun-focused brews and food spot will swap kids’ stuff for an arcade in expanded location.

a woman holds part of a beehive

Saving bees and rebuilding hives prevents workers from getting stung and keeps the global food supply from going extinct.

First Kiarah Steele empowered herself to save her life. Now the budding entrepreneur has made it her job to help other women.