A message from CEO Sherry Thomas‑Cloud
In 2023, we will celebrate 120 years since Caroline Julia Bartlett Crane founded Women’s Civic Improvement League—what we know today as Family & Children Services (F&CS).
An F&CS volunteer, Mary Brigid Corcoran, has compiled our rich history, and we will begin to share it here with you, a chapter at a time. We hope you will be as fascinated by it as we are. It is a history of a community coming together to bring improvements to the city and its residents.
Born in 1858 in Wisconsin, Caroline Julia Bartlett was an early American feminist, civic leader, social reformer, minister, newspaper woman, and an authority on city sanitation. As you read about her and how she came to Kalamazoo and made a life here, you will recognize many places and organizations in greater Kalamazoo that played a part in her journey and in the formation of F&CS.
We have come a long way in these many years. Throughout these years, together with you and your generous gifts, we have helped many thousands of families and children. You have made F&CS possible.
As you read about our history, please think about how you can continue the legacy Caroline built and make it your own. The families we serve have many needs. In our story, A Gift for Tomorrow, explore the various ways you can help F&CS thrive for generations to come.
Planned giving is a way to give today to make a powerful and lasting difference into the future. Please take a moment to read about how you can help F&CS with deferred giving and become a member of the Visionary Club, donors with a vision for future generations.
Not all needs can be deferred into the future. In fact, some are right around the corner. The children we serve in our community dream of the warm days of summer and being able to attend camp. But it is just a dream for many who cannot afford the cost. Will you help send a needy child to camp this summer?
To be here and growing in 2019, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for helping us grow.
Sherry Thomas-Cloud, M.S.W., L.M.S.W.
Chief Executive Officer
Family & Children Services