Established by private citizens concerned about the impact of drugs on youth, Gryphon Place (Gryphon) has been a part of the Kalamazoo County Community since 1970. From very humble beginnings in the old fire station on South Westnedge, the agency has grown and changed in response to community needs ever since. Gryphon has stepped into roles that no one else was filling in our community and now is a critical part of the entire human services system across the county.
Early planners had a vision that “there should be a 9-1-1 for human services, … a single number to call to access a spectrum of human services and for help in crisis situations.” This is the essence of what Gryphon Place has become over the years. That human services 9-1-1 number is now 2-1-1, a simple-to-remember 3-digit dial-up for 24/7 assistance in accessing health and human services in our community. The place to call when in personal crisis, Gryphon remains the leader in Suicide Prevention in Kalamazoo County and throughout the entire state of Michigan.
Gryphon’s online searchable database of resources is available to all citizens with internet access, and is particularly useful to other human service agencies and professionals. Gryphon also delivers Youth Risk Prevention Services in schools across southwest Michigan. Add in community mediation services to resolve conflicts and you have Gryphon, helping people find solutions in Kalamazoo County for over 43 years.