Ministry with Community
For over 30 years, Ministry with Community (Ministry) has been opening its doors to those who are struggling in Kalamazoo. Whether the issue is homelessness, poverty, unemployment, substance dependency, or mental illness, everyone is welcomed into an atmosphere of respect, compassion and unconditional acceptance to begin the process of rebuilding their lives. As Kalamazoo’s only daytime shelter and resource center, Ministry works to meet individuals’ basic needs with meals, showers, laundry facilities, and mail and telephone access. Ministry’s services then go deeper, with social work, counseling, employment support, and educational and enrichment opportunities.
Ministry is also part of a dedicated group of human service agencies in Kalamazoo, and works to marshal the resources available while removing barriers. Ministry acts as a venue for its partners to provide services Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center on-site, including Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, Legal Aid of West Michigan, Housing Resources, Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, CARES, and many others.
A vibrant community is one in which all people, regardless of backgrounds or circumstances, are afforded the chance to be respected, supported, and ultimately, self-sufficient. That work begins at Ministry.