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Longform Belinda Orozco

Safe space at Battle Creek’s Voces helps immigrants navigate legal landscape

“We have had generations of people who have emigrated from their native countries and established themselves here (in Battle Creek). It’s a safe and embracing community.”

Longform Orchestra Jammbo'laya

Orchestra Jammbo'laya offers feast of music from African diaspora for under-served BIPOC youth

“We wanted to explore the African diaspora esthetics of music. And while anyone can join, our hope is to encourage underserved Black youth in our community to explore instrumental music by Black composers from the Americans, the Caribbean, Europe, from anywhere."

Feature Story Speman Glee Club

Spelman College Glee Club to perform free concert in Battle CreekBearcat Advantage scholars can see an HBCU in action

“There is an experience going to an HBCU that you just can’t compare. It’s the camaraderie, the cultural experience, and the emphasis on the heritage. You’re able to see how people of color in those days were able to create an institution with so little.”

Longform Dr. Kelsey Sala-Hamrick is the Michigan Public Health Institute's MI ACE project director.

200-partner collaborative raises awareness about impact of adverse childhood experiences in Michigan

Partners in the Michigan ACE Initiative are working to raise awareness of the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), prevent ACEs, and foster resilience among children who have experienced them. 

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State of Michigan public health celebrates 150 years of service to Michiganders

The State of Michigan’s public health system recently celebrated its sesquicentennial: 150 years in service to Michiganders. To mark the occasion, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has shared a nice collection of sesquicentennial information on its website.   

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Ford Airport one of first airports to use sign language boards powered by AI

The Grand Rapids airport is one of the first in the nation to try out new technology powered by AI that is being used successfully at train stations in the United Kingdom. 

Feature Story Galillee Baptist Church

Galilee Baptist Church clears the way for $7M housing development on Kalamazoo’s Northside

Galilee Baptist Church moves ahead with plans to develop housing across the street from the church’s longtime location, with hopes of breaking ground later this year on two large apartment buildings. 

Feature Story Representative Jim Haadsma

Battle Creek leaders reflect on Jennifer Crumbley verdict and Michigan's new gun legislation

“How many people along the way saw warning signs with Ethan (Crumbley) and felt like it was not their place to say anything? We need to support each other in this thing called parenting. Parenting is hard and we all need each other to get through it.”

Feature Story League of Women Voters

Cause for trust: Kalamazoo's League of Women Voters protecting democracy for everyone

"At the 2020 presidential election, I was observing the Kalamazoo County Board of Canvassers.... They spent an entire hour because there was a one-vote discrepancy in one of the precincts." When they figured out the discrepancy, "everybody broke out into applause."

Longform Child at NEST Child Care and Parent Institute in Detroit

Michigan makes the leap to improved educational opportunities with MiLEAP

MiLEAP consolidates the expansion of Pre-K for All, Sixty by 30, which would see 60% of working-age Michiganders with a postsecondary degree or certificate by 2030, and all education in between. 

Feature Story Kendall College of Art and Design partnered with Corewell Health to bring a little artistic joy to the hospital's Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion.

Art and Healing: Collaborative project at Corewell Health's cancer pavilion

What happened when students from the Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University partnered with Corewell Health to bring the healing power of art to the Cancer Pavilion.

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Virtual Job Fair represents 40+ employers seeking behavioral health services professionals

The Community Mental Health Association of Michigan (CMHA) is sponsoring a Behavioral Health Services Virtual Job Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday Feb. 21, 2024. 

Longform J.R. Reynolds

Battle Creek Did Not Burn: Documentary chronicles local events after MLK's assasination

While other communities experienced riots and destruction during the aftermath of MLK's assassination, Battle Creek didn't — thanks to the coordinating efforts of local folks and the NAACP. A new documentary features the story of civil rights in the city.

Longform SHALOM

SHALOM: A farm full of possibilities for people with disabilities

Just minutes from Kalamazoo sits a picturesque farm with grazing animals and several outbuildings — a woolery, coffee shop, thrift store, wood shop, and sugar shack. This is SHALOM, a unique Christian caring community that provides housing, and social and educational opportunities for adults and some youths who have physical, developmental, emotional, and mental disabilities.

Feature Story Boonikka and Khyrinn Herring

Elevating youth to leadership in Battle Creek is focus of new consulting business

“A lot of our leadership is in the 55-plus age range and a lot of times we’re missing the youth voice because that’s what not what we’re actively seeking out. . . We’re making sure that we’re listening to our youth because they have great experiences.”

Longform Housing Solutions Zone 32 update

Young developer plans second phase of affordable housing in Kalamazoo’s Northside neighborhood

Zone 32 is the name of the new residential and commercial complex owned by Bogan Developments Pitcher Street. Taking its name from the number Jamauri Bogan wore on the football field at the complex, the building began welcoming residents in December.

Feature Story Artist Job Fair

Kalamazoo Artist Job Fair gives artists chance to apply their talents to the art of business

Kalamazoo has a plethora of arts organizations and a rich array of artists. The Artist Job Fair, sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and KRESA's Education for the Arts, is bringing the two together for a networking extravaganza at Bells Eccentric Cafe.

Feature Story Early Voting

Starting with this month’s primary election, Kalamazoo County residents can vote early in-person

Throughout Kalamazoo County, you no longer have to request an absentee ballot or fight the crowds to cast your vote early. Thanks to the passing of Proposition 22, residents can vote in-person up to 9 days early, but only at four designated county sites. Find out more here.

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4 rising talents in West Michigan design

Four designers, a mix of students and graduates of KCAD, were recently honored for their work in the field. Hayden Prillwitz, Imane Hocini,  Kyle Sutton, and Ian Wardowski talk about their passion for design and their plans for the future.   

Longform About one out of five children have a mental, emotional or behavioral health disorder, and only about 20 percent of those children receive care

How Michigan counties are stepping up to meet youth mental health needs

Over the past several years, Michigan's community mental health agencies have been stepping up with a number of initiatives to help fill the gap in mental health services for youth.

Battle Creek

Laundry Love: Finding community and dignity at a Battle Creek laundromat

St. Thomas' Laundry Love is focused on those who are “struggling to make ends meet,” says Deacon Trish Harris. “There are people who have asked me, ‘How do you know if I meet the qualifications?’ We have no qualifications. We want them to know that we see you as an important person and we’re coming to you with love." For the full story, click hereFor more stories, please visit here.
 

Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo's Sarkozy Bakery: Old world baking in an ever-changing world

"We had a liter bottle of Hungarian wine. As we were finishing the bread, and finishing the wine, we said, 'Man, this (bread) is good! You know, we could sell this!' And that's why you shouldn't drink too much." Read the full story here. Read more stories here.