What's New at Family & Children Services

What’s New

Sherry Thomas-Cloud

A message from CEO Sherry Thomas-Cloud

Dear Friends:

Is it Spring, yet? I’ve lived in Kalamazoo for many years. But my family is from New Orleans, so while I appreciate winter’s beauty, I’m ready for all things green and colorful.

I’m especially eager to see the new landscaping that we planted last fall on our Kalamazoo campus come to life. Part of the successful $5.6 million Making Room for Hope Campaign was a large outdoor greenspace – named for extraordinary foster parents Elaine and Alan Van Leeuwen – that allows families to learn healthier parenting approaches and engage in more positive ways with their children. It includes meeting spaces for families, playground equipment, an open yard, garden areas and dozens of trees and shrubs planted in honor of Family & Children Services volunteers.

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March 1, 2017

The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services:
Caring People. Experienced Therapists. Restoring Hope.

Are you or someone you know struggling with depression, anxiety or something you simply can’t explain?

The Counseling Center at Family & Children Services can help.

“We have great therapists who care deeply about the work they do and the clients they serve,” said Rina Battani, L.M.S.W., clinical supervisor at The Counseling Center. “They are highly trained, highly skilled, know how to connect with clients and connect their clients to community resources that can help them.

The Counseling Center is a safe place to explore ways that you can make your life better.”

In operation for more than 30 years, The Counseling Center currently has a staff of 10 licensed therapists...

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March 1, 2017

Glen's House

Family & Children Services:
“In every crisis…we’re ready when needed.”

When someone is calling Mobile Crisis Response (MCR) at Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, it seldom brings good news. Usually, a child is experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis, perhaps fueled by trauma. Callers, often parents or family members, want support and guidance from an expert, perhaps even an intervention.

Sometimes, the caller fears that a child may be about to commit suicide. Sometimes, the caller is a child.

Fortunately, the people responding– licensed, trained professionals on staff at Family & Children Services – know what to do and respond quickly.

“We have people on call 24-7-365,” said Susan Davis, program manager for Family & Children Services MCR program...

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March 1, 2017



Last November, we reported that a recent loss in annual funding would significantly impact agency services. Four months later, that remains the case.

The agency, as expected, has tightened its belt by modifying planned program enhancements, not replacing employees who have left us and, worst of all, reducing some client services.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that you, our generous donors and supporting agencies, have really stepped up to help us financially.

Also in November, we announced an ambitious $390,000 goal for our HANDLE WITH CARE annual fund – our largest ever. We knew from the start that even if we hit our goal, it would be a bittersweet reminder of the funds that were lost.

But we were wrong. BECAUSE IT’S NOT BITTER AT ALL. IT’S REALLY REALLY SWEET! As of mid February, your gifts to HANDLE WITH CARE totaled $340,000! We are within sight of our goal!

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March 1, 2017

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