ISAAC wants to extend joyous congratulations to fellow ISAAC Family member Rev. Rachel Lonberg, Minister of People’s Church, on her appointment to the Foundation For Excellence Board, faith sector. In a day and time when it seems easier and common to disagree and step away from the “discussion table,” we are encouraged by Clergy such as Rev. Rachel. It’s powerful to have Clergy/Leaders who are committed to staying at the planning table for equity, love and justice, as we work diligently so that all members in our Community are held as Beloved.
Rev. Rachel wrote, “As a board member, I will strive to represent the faith communities of Kalamazoo in our diversities of belief, practice, and identity – and in our similarities, our shared values of equity, justice, peace, and respect for every person. I hope that I will be able to advance the Beloved Community in Kalamazoo.”
We also want to extend a sincere welcome to Patrese Nicole Griffin who will be serving in the capacity of a Consultant for ISAAC the remainder of 2019. Patrese is no stranger to ISAAC and has been a valuable resource to the ISAAC Housing Task Force. In August of 2018, she shared the article she wrote: “Policy Solutions to the Housing Crisis in Kalamazoo” to help inform policy that uses a culturally competent lens. Patrese will be working with ISAAC in the areas of outcomes, marketing, engagement and equity. We are excited for the work ahead as Patrese is an awesome leader & advocate, with a wealth of knowledge & experience!
Patrese Griffin is a small business owner, housing advocate, writer, and lifelong resident of Kalamazoo. She is very active in the community and involved in various social justice issues. Patrese serves on several boards including the Organizing Committee for Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo and Board Vice-Chair of the Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan. She volunteers with Michigan United and the United Way and is a member of TRHT’s Separation and Law design teams. She currently resides on the Northside of Kalamazoo with her husband and three children.
– Elder Doug King, President, and Dr. Charlae Davis, Executive Director