Sherriff-Goslin Gives Back to Kalamazoo Family and Children Services Agency

Family and Children Services is a private, non-profit agency that offers behavioral health and child welfare programs to vulnerable families in the Southwest Michigan areas of Kalamazoo, Portage and Battle Creek. Services include foster care and adoption, foster care supportive visitation/in-home education, Family And Community Treatment (FACT), respite care, and mobile crisis response and outpatient counseling.

A Facility Of Nurturing And Fun

Like many non-profits, Family and Children Services relies on generous donations both to stay viable and to address larger projects, such as the “Making Room for Hope” building campaign.

“Making Room For Hope,” the Kalamazoo-based agency’s largest revitalization in its 133-year existence, was vital for its commitment to the community. Launched in launched in 2014, the project was designed to provide nurturing spaces for trauma reduction and youth education and to ensure that Family and Children Services could continue to provide services to vulnerable children and families.

The $5.1 million renovation culminated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov.10, 2016. The agency officially opened the doors to its newly constructed Family Center, renovated Youth Activity Center, renovated Counseling Center and new outdoor green space and playground.

For Family and Children Services CEO Sherry Thomas-Cloud, the project was the culmination of a dream.

“This agency has been a beacon of hope for families and a place where they find compassion, encouragement and real solutions to life’s difficult times,” she said. “These facilities will help our staff improve service delivery to clients, reduce trauma and provide positive spaces for families to interact and for individuals to heal.”