The mission of Ministry with Community is to empower people to make positive life changes.To achieve our mission, we:
- provide an environment of dignity, hope, trust and unconditional acceptance where all people are respected and valued
- welcome all people in the Kalamazoo community struggling with homelessness, poverty, mental illness, and other challenges
- rebuild lives by providing food, daytime shelter and other supportive services
- work collaboratively with other community organizations
MwC is a haven in Kalamazoo for people who are experiencing homelessness, mental illness, poverty, and substance use. Staff and volunteers welcome “members” when they drop-in to do their laundry, take a shower, get a haircut, volunteer, pick up their mail, enjoy a cup of coffee, find support for their recovery, seek help in sending for birth records, see a social worker or simply rest.
In the last few years, Ministry with Community has experienced the most significant changes in the organization’s history since its founding in 1978. Ministry with Community was founded by a small group of volunteers, led by Dorothy Markusse, at North Presbyterian Church in Kalamazoo. Ministry with Community incorporated in 1985 and moved to its former site on North Church Street. After a successful Capital Campaign, of which we are so grateful for the community's support, Ministry with Community now calls 500 N. Edwards St. its home as of September 15, 2016. Upon walking in the building, you sense a different feeling. There is no underlying tension. We no longer have a dark, crumbling, congested building. There is a sense of hope, renewal, and positivity. The natural light is uplifting, the new office furniture, kitchen equipment, and rooms are empowering. This is a space to get things done, not just for members, but for staff as well. Longtime member William says, “When you walk into this place you know that whatever business you need to take care of, you can take care of it here.”