Category: Neighbors

C J Drenth poses next to a giant flower peacock

July 1, 2022

Every year for the last 10 years, C.J. Drenth has meticulously placed each of the 20,000 plants into sculptures in Bronson Park and other places in the county.

Several kids running around and playing outside

May 26, 2022

Kalamazoo nonprofit Steps to Victory focuses on teaching autonomy while reducing the summer lag that can impact the next year for crucial elementary school grades.

three workers sit aroujnd a table covered in piles of wool

February 23, 2022

The SHALOM Woolery Sheep Barn enhances work space for an operation that has provided housing and support for area adults with disabilities for three decades.

The leaders of the new Obodo Easy Access Clinic stand in a row

February 16, 2022

One of the first clinics in the country for mind-and-body family care is opening in Kalamazoo. An explicit goal is to protect against the harm from a healthcare system that makes Black families particularly vulnerable.

Esperance Mukeshayezu and Carol Pratt sit at a table covered in books

February 10, 2022

English skills make accessing services and work opportunities easier – and widens the circle of support for processing trauma. Kalamazoo Literacy Council is holding a special training to support refugees on Feb. 12.

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.

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

December 13, 2021

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

November 22, 2021

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

a group of men and children sit in a meeting room

November 5, 2021

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.