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From the desk of Pastor Michael L. Brown

September 30th, 2021

BUILDING UPDATE:

We want to keep you informed with the most up to date information regarding the Women’s and Children’s Building Project. Up to this point, we have been planning for the building to be completed mid to late October, 2021. A few days ago, during a meeting with our building contractor, we were informed that they are not going to be able to finish by that date. Our new completion time frame is the middle of December, 2021. AVB has worked diligently to get this project done however, there have been some challenges that could not be avoided.

With this in mind, we are anticipating a soft opening of the building in December and planning a Grand Opening for the public sometime in January of 2022. We are looking forward to opening our doors and welcoming you in after the new year. A couple of things to remember:

1. Whenever something like this happens it is important to view this as part of God’s plan and “declare that” this will work for our good”. (Rom. 8:28)
2. While we were hoping to have more space sooner to help more people, we are currently not at capacity. So, if some of the folks currently in the encampment come for shelter, we will accommodate as many as we can.

Thank you for remaining diligent in prayer for this ministry and cheering this project on as faithful partners. We know that God has a plan, and we are excited to see it become a reality.

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For more than 88 years, Kalamazoo Gospel Ministries has worked to provide hope and encouragement to the homeless and hurting population here in Kalamazoo. Unfortunately, the number of homeless in our area is rising. The greatest area of growth is in the number of women and children seeking shelter at our mission. Construction is underway... But we still need your help.

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Our Journey

Demolition Begins

On July 24th, 2020, Pastor Brown swung the first hammer to kick off demolition of the old buildings on Burdick St. Over the next three months, demolition crews worked too clear a way for the new building.

July 2020

Construction Begins

With snow covering the ground, construction crews begin work on the foundation to support the shelter. Campaigning continues as we turn our heads towards the internal furnishings for the suites and community spaces inside the shelter.

November 2020

Interior Planning

At KGM, we are committed to providing multiple safe and comfortable places for those who have become homeless This shelter will provide these necessities in the form of private shelter intake rooms, dedicated chapel space, community rooms, and more.

January 2021

Purchase Furniture

To ensure that the furniture items arrives on time, we need to place our order no later than the beginning of June. This leaves us with only a short amount of time to raise funds for the furnishings of the shelter

June 2021

Continued Support

Because of your generous
contributions, this shelter will
be a beacon of light to hundreds of women and children for years to come. Please consider continuing your support to help provide meals and a warm place to sleep.

Future

With your support, our women & children's shelter will help meet the growing demand for shelter and services.

Number of Family Suites (4 Beds per Suite)
Before:
12
After:
29
Number of Emergency Shelter Cots
Before:
150
After:
210
Number of Guests able to be seen by Case Management
Before:
755
After:
1,225
Number of Guests helped with mental health & addiction
Before:
460
After:
550