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What’s New

Sherry Thomas-Cloud

A message from CEO Sherry Thomas-Cloud

Dear Friends:

I feel honored and privileged to be the new CEO of Family & Children Services.

And what a way to start! Barely a month after I arrived, more than 150 friends of the agency gathered to dedicate and tour our wonderful new facilities made possible by the successful Making Room For Hope campaign. The new Family Center, Van Leeuwen green space and playgrounds and Gilmore-Smith Activity Center will serve thousands of children and families each year for many years to come.

So many of you invested your time, talent and treasure over many years, even decades to help build the quality programs and facilities that have been the hallmark of Family & Children Services. Thank you for your dedication to this agency and those that we serve.

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December 9, 2016

Ribbon-Cutting

Family & Children Services Opens the Doors to “the realization of a dream”

On a beautiful fall day in front of 150 enthusiastic supporters, Family & Children Services began the next chapter in its storied history.

During a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 10, the agency officially opened the doors to its newly constructed Family Center, renovated Youth Activity Center, renovated Counseling Center, and new outdoor greenspace and playground, all located at the 1608 Lake Street headquarters in Kalamazoo.

“This is the realization of a dream that Family & Children Services and its child welfare and behavioral health partners have had for some time,” said Board President Mac Waldorf. “Our new facilities provide safe, nurturing and fun spaces where real learning and healing can take place. Our community of donors should be very proud of what they have accomplished.”

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December 9, 2016

HANDLE WITH CARE

Handle With (Extra) Care

Family & Children Services has been a source of hope to the most vulnerable members of our community for more than 113 years. But next year will be different. Yes, we will still have thousands of children and adults, individuals and families in our community facing crises and turning to us for help. We will not, however, have funds we have traditionally counted on to deliver this help.

This year we are facing a significant reduction of annual funding to our agency. This loss cannot be absorbed without significant impact to our clients. Family & Children Services must, however, find a way to meet the core needs of the 7,000 client families we serve annually. They need our help and we need your help now more than at any time in recent history.

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December 9, 2016

Holiday Giving

Holiday Giving:
“It made me have better dreams.”

Trying to get into the holiday spirit? Family & Children Services can help.

Our Holiday Giving program will accept donations of toys, games, books, clothes, personal care items, household goods and nonperishable food – until 12:00 noon Thursday Dec. 15. No need to wrap anything. Just bring your gifts (new, not used) and we will deliver them to families, children and individuals in great need this holiday season.

In the Kalamazoo area, please deliver your gifts to 1608 Lake Street. In Battle Creek, please deliver to our office at 778 W. Columbia Ave.

“While this season is a joyful time for most of us, it can be a time of fear and desperation for many people we serve,” said Holiday Giving Coordinator Dale Hein. “From the little girl who has gone into foster care to the family with the father who recently lost his job, our Holiday Giving program reaches out in a caring way to provide help for those who need it most.”

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December 9, 2016

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