History and Achievements

Since its founding in 2012, Kalamazoo Hope, both on its own and working with other individuals and organizations, has been fortunate enough to be able to help the local community and be recognized for what it can contribute:

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  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, Kalamazoo Hope worked with Coordinator Mark Lull of Allegan County Transportation Services, County Administrator Dan Wedge, and Richard Congdon of Kalamazoo 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. 

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In early 2015, Kalamazoo Hope worked with Ann Bonevich of Kalamazoo NAMI, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office, and several other individuals to update some mental health related terms on the Sheriff's Office's Project Lifesaver page.


In May of 2016, Kalamazoo Hope founder and others 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.

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

 

On April 27th, 2018, KHOPE's founder (Scott Anderson) received the Volunteer Kalamazoo 2018 STAR (Sharing Time and Resources) Adult Volunteer Award for his work related to Kalamazoo Hope and OutFront Kalamazoo (where he had volunteered for over three and a half years).

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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).

In early 2020, Scott Anderson chose to go on sabbatical for multiple reasons, and placed Kalamazoo Hope on standby while he focused on other important matters.  However, with the emergency of COVID-19, he decided that the psychological support Kalamazoo Hope could offer, both to individuals and the community was needed, and chose to start working with it again.