Achievements

Since its founding in 2012, Kalamazoo Hope has been fortunate enough to be able to assist the Kalamazoo County area in various ways:


In 2013, the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council included Kalamazoo Hope (then Kalamazoo County Resource Nexus, KCRN) as another source to consider for resources in the Additional Information section of its Family Help Book (page 62).


In mid-2014, KHOPE worked with Coordinator Mark Lull of Allegan County Transportation Services, County Administrator Dan Wedge, and Richard Congdon of Metro to create the option for individuals in Kalamazoo County to utilize Allegan County's shuttle service, allowing for a wider range of travel for those without their own transportation.


In early 2015, Kalamazoo Hope worked with Ann Bonevich of Kalamazoo NAMI, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, and several other individuals to correct some terms on the Sheriff's Office's Project Lifesaver page; the words and phrases removed are considered highly offensive in today's culture.


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Since 2015, KHOPE has sponsored or supported OutFront Kalamazoo's (formerly the Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center, KGLRC) yearly June Pride festival.  Due to family rejection, abuse, bullying, and social ostracism, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals have a notably higher rate of certain psychological conditions, such as anxiety and depression, as well as a greater likelihood of suicidality.


In May of 2016, Kalamazoo Hope's creator, Scott Anderson, spoke to the City of Portage Human Services Board, advocating that the Portage Non-Discrimination Ordinance be changed to include individuals who are discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.  The ordinance was passed by the Portage City Council on June 28th, 2016.

In 2018, KHOPE shifted from aiding  Kalamazoo County at large to specifically assisting individuals with psychological conditions; with this change, KCRN became Kalamazoo Hope.


On April 27th, 2018, KHOPE's creator received the Volunteer Kalamazoo 2018 STAR (Sharing Time and Resources) Adult Volunteer Award for their work related to Kalamazoo Hope and OutFront Kalamazoo, where they have volunteered since 2014.


For May of 2019, Kalamazoo Hope requested that the City of Portage locally recognize Mental Health Awareness Month; the proclamation Scott wrote (below) was kindly accepted by the city, and signed by Mayor Patricia Randall on May 7th.  Footage can be viewed on the City of Portage's website (the event takes place within the first seven minutes). 


In September of 2019, the City of Portage also honored KHOPE's request to recognize National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and invited Scott to read the city's proclamation (below) on September 17th, and in addition, accepted some new data for it; the recording of this event is also available (with the reading within the first 9 minutes).

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