Healthy Expressions (administered by community educators/mental health professionals)

An open and on-going group which meets every Wednesday from 11:30am-12:30pm.  The group focuses on learning to manage emotions in a positive and healthy way.

Women's Group meets each Thursday from 10:00-11:00am.

Men's Group meets each day from 8:00-9:00am.

Other Group Activities include bingo, crocheting, chess and dungeons and dragons.

 

COMPUTER LAB

As a Michigan Works! Access Point and an AARP WorkSearch Portal, MwC‘s computer lab is open to anyone for the purpose of job search, resume/cover letter writing, email follow-up, course study, and educational research. The AARP WorkSearch Foundation website offers an online assessment system that provides community level job and career information to AARP WorkSearch users seeking to enter, remain in, or reenter the workforce. The Michigan Works! Michigan Talent Bank provides a powerful search engine that allows job seekers and employers to find each other. Over 15,000 job openings are posted each month on the Michigan Talent Bank website. Help is provided with employment listings, job searches, résumés and job applications.

Our computer lab is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please contact our Program Director at 269-343-6073 x122 for hours of operation.

 

OUTREACH REPRESENTATIVES 

There are opportunities to meet with representatives of organizations including the Department of Veterans Affairs, Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services, Goodwill of Southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo Literacy Council, Kalamazoo Valley Community College Nursing students, Western Michigan Legal Services, Jim Gilmore Jr. Community Healing Center, CARES, Michigan State University Extension Services, Family Health Center, and Western Michigan University Social Work interns. Please call to see what agencies are on site this week!

 

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Social Security/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Legal Clinic (monthly/local attorneys)
We offer opportunities to discuss Social Security issues and SSI appeals with local attorneys.

Clothing/Household Item Referrals:

-Kalamazoo Deacon’s Conference, 1010 N. Westnedge, (260) 344-7333: By appointment only, no referral needed.  Hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.  No appointments on Mondays.

-Kalamazoo Gospel Mission Rescued Treasures, 131 Harkins, (260) 383-1044: KGM referral required. Hours are Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 10am-1pm & Saturday 10am-3pm.

-St. Vincent de Paul, 513 Eleanor, (260) 388-4544: Social work referral required.  Hours are Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm & Saturday 9am-1pm.

-St. Luke’s Thrift Store, 432 S. Burdick, (260) 343-3194: Social work referral required.  Hours are Monday & Friday 11am-2pm, Tuesday-Thursday 10am-3pm & Saturday 10am-2pm.

-Mt. Zion Church Clothing Center, 120 Roberson, (269) 388-3111: No referral required.  Hours are Tuesday & Thursday 1pm-3pm.

Emergency Shelters:

-Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, (269) 345-2974: Adult male, female or family.  Must register weekdays beginning at 5pm.

-Next Door/open Door, (269) 349-6054: Housing for females and males ages 17-35.  Call for information.

-YWCA, (269) 385-3587: Domestic violence victims & children.

For more information on Emergency Assistance, call 211.

Energy/Utility Assistance:

-Department of Human Services (DHS), 322 Stockbridge, (269) 337-4900: Must complete State Emergency Relief application & have a copy of shut-off notice.

-Salvation Army, 1700 S. Burdick, (269) 344-6119: Bring paperwork & DHS decision notice.

-Community Action Bureau, 3299 Gull Rd, Room 310, (269) 373-5066: Bring paperwork, DHS & Salvation Army decisions.

-Consumers Energy, (800) 982-0958: Must have account information.

-Christian Community Center, (269) 345-5054: Call first, Monday-Thursday 12pm-2pm (leave message if unavailable).

-Love in the Name of Christ, (269) 353-6798: Monday-Thursday 9:3am-2:30pm.  Extension 1, leave message if unavailable.

-St. Catherine of Sienna Church/St. Vincent de Paul Society, (269) 327-5165: Extension 131, Saturdays only, doors at 8:00am, registration at 8:30am..

-Comstock Community Center, (269) 345-8556: Walk-ins welcome, up to $50 for utility bill assistance.

Housing Assistance:

-St. Catherine of Sienna Church/St. Vincent de Paul Society, (269) 327-5165: Extension 131, Saturdays only 10am-12pm.

-Christian Community Center, (269) 345-5054: Monday-Thursday 12pm-2pm

-Housing Resources, Inc., (269) 382-0287:  Call to make an appointment.

-Department of Human Services (DHS), 322 Stockbridge, (269) 337-4900: Call to make an appointment.

Medical/Prescription Assistance:

-Family Health Center, 117 Paterson, (269) 488-0813: Hours are Monday & Wednesday, 8am-8pm; Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8am-5pm.

-Portage Community Outreach Center, 7130 S. Westnedge, (269) 323-1942: Must be seen first at the Family Health Center and be a resident of Portage for prescription help.

-WIC Program, 3299 Gull Road, (269) 373-5002: WIC offers free food, nutrition education and breastfeeding support for pregnant and breastfeeding women, children (1-4 yrs. old) and infants.

If you are a Community Agency or Resource and would like to be listed on our website, please contact our Program Director at 269.343.6073 x122.