Success Stories

Mai’er

“I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP PEOPLE WHEN I GET OLDER.”

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Holly

“I DECIDED IT WAS TIME TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.”

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Reggie

“I WAS NEVER MADE TO FEEL ASHAMED.”

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Fred

“SERVING TOGETHER IS A MEANINGFUL EXPERIENCE.”

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Gretchen

“VOLUNTEERING HAS CHANGED MY STORY.”

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Jenny

“LET’S GO FOR A WALK!”

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Mary

“THE WORK THEY ARE DOING IN OUR SCHOOLS IS TRANSFORMING YOUNG LIVES AND I’M SO GRATEFUL TO BE A PART OF THAT.”

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Autumn

“WITHOUT THE [SUPPORT OF] UNITED WAY, I DON’T THINK S.N.A.P. WOULD BE AS GREAT AS THEY ARE.”

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Leonce

“I WANT TO HELP OTHER KIDS WITH DISABILITIES LEARN.”

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Julie

“I’VE BEEN SO HAPPY SINCE GETTING MY OWN PLACE. NOTHING CAN BREAK MY JOY!”

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Audrey

“SHERRY AT THE YWCA HELPED ME MOVE ON AND PROGRESS. SHE LISTENED WITHOUT BEING JUDGMENTAL, AND SHE REALLY CARED.”

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Radiance

“BEFORE THE YMCA, I COULDN’T GET MY MIND STRAIGHT TO FINISH SCHOOL. THEY’RE HELPING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN.”

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Shonna

“THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS GAVE MY KIDS A FREE PLACE TO GO SO THAT I COULD COMPLETE MY NURSING DEGREE.”

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Tony

“I’VE BECOME MORE GENEROUS AND AWARE BECAUSE OF MY TIME HERE.”

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Sam

“I’M LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO USE MY PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS TO CONNECT WITH MY COMMUNITY AND HELP OUT.”

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Beverly

“I KNOW MY CALLING. I WANT TO HELP THE ELDERLY BY BECOMING A HOME HEALTH AIDE.”

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Leona

“IF YOU HAVE A HEART FOR CHILDREN, YOU’RE CAPABLE OF BEING A FOSTER PARENT.”

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Corrie

“IT WAS VERY HELPFUL HAVING THIS PERSON IN MY LIFE WHO HAD BEEN THERE TO HELP ME DO THE RIGHT THING.”

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Jeff

“IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH MORE THAN A PHONE CALL AND A COUPLE OF VOLUNTEERS.”

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Bradshaws

“WE’RE HOLDING OUR OWN NOW. OUR HEADS ARE FINALLY ABOVE WATER.”

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Charmica

“NOW I’M ON MY WAY. I FEEL GOOD ABOUT MYSELF. I FEEL LIKE I CAN BE A PROVIDER FOR MY CHILDREN.”

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Fanny

“I WANT TO GIVE HER THE BEST START POSSIBLE BECAUSE SHE LOVES TO LEARN AND WE WANT TO KEEP FEEDING THAT LOVE.”

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Better health for vulnerable infants is now just a phone call away.

A new infant health hotline, 269-888-KIDS, was launched today by Cradle Kalamazoo, a multi-agency community initiative that includes United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region.

“We are excited to launch this phase of the project,” states Grace Lubwama, CEO of YWCA Kalamazoo, which leads Cradle Kalamazoo’s lead agency. “Based on the needs of the community, we know that pregnant women of color and low-income women are falling through the cracks. 888-KIDS can help close this gap.

“Whether you’re pregnant or you’re the best friend, family member or coworker of someone who is pregnant, you can call 888-KIDS to help them get connected to services and resources,” Lubwama added. “We can support the health of our babies by making sure their families have access to the resources they need.”

Click for a video interview with Grace Lubwama discussing 888-KIDS.

Cradle Kalamazoo consists of community stakeholders and 30 partner organizations. United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, Gryphon Place and Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) are partnering together to provide 269-888-KIDS to the community.

When community members call 269-888-KIDS, they will be connected to a Family Support Specialist at Gryphon Place. The Family Support Specialist will help connect community members to resources and Cradle Kalamazoo partners. Cradle Kalamazoo partners have programs that support families both inside and outside the home.

”Partnership drives community change, and that’s why United Way is proud to be part of this collaboration,” said Alyssa Stewart, Director of Strategy & Engagement for United Way. “The new hotline will improve equitable access to services and support, and most importantly, assure better health for more babies and families in Kalamazoo County.”

Discover more about United Way’s work in infant mortality by visiting our Health page. Cradle Kalamazoo’s website is currently under construction, but there are links available to find out more.