I started Kalamazoo Hope in 2012 as Kalamazoo County Resources Nexus (KCRN). Originally, it focused on helping individuals in the Kalamazoo County area connect with needed services. As an individual who is disabled due to a psychological condition (I have has worked with my symptoms since childhood), and unable to engage in work, it was necessary for me to fund and run the service with a portion of my disability stipend.
In 2018, I decided to shift my efforts to focus on providing access to resources related to psychological health. As someone who has worked with having a psychological condition, I have been able to apply my personal experiences with mental health symptoms, as well as the efforts that I have made to address them, into offering a unique and informed perspective to aid those taking their first steps towards mental health challenges. My life experiences have also taught me about working with such related concepts as interacting with various mental health related services, applying for benefits, and more.
I was born and raised in Portage, Michigan; my interests include French, computers, photography, movies, and philosophy. Currently, I have a two-year degree in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and am focused on completing a four year degree at Western Michigan University. My areas of focus include psychology, integrated medicine, family studies, writing, and communication.
On an ending note, one may wonder - if I am disabled, how am I able to create and care for Kalamazoo Hope, especially since I look "like everyone else?" The answer to this is twofold:
1) My symptoms, while significant, still allow my to engage in certain activities, under certain, controlled circumstances. These circumstances virtually never occur in mainstream working environments or jobs in general. Furthermore, I am able to apply myself to Kalamazoo Hope at my own pace, allowing me to stop and take breaks or extended sabbaticals as my health requires.
2) Individuals with psychological conditions do not have a specific appearance; just because one has a psychological condition, even an extremely serious one, this does not mean it can visually be detected, or even ascertained through casual interaction. For additional information, please see the "What is..." page.
Thanks for reading, and wishing you all health and peace of mind,
Creator and Peer Guide