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Remembering Travontae Brown

ISAAC is a respectable, responsible, caring group of people who help to lead Kalamazoo in the right direction! They have also helped me get onto the road of success! -Travontae McFerrin-Brown, 2016 Phoenix High School Graduate and KVCC Student Elder Douglas King, What Happens When… What happens when the promise of a young man is tragically […]

ISAAC & TRHT Housing Equity Letters – Add more names!

We need your circle of family, friends and colleagues to add their names to at least one of these letters!  If you didn’t yet, please add your own name. Please also ask members of your congregation or organization to add their names.  Choose any one or two or all three ways to show that you […]

Gifts by June 30 to our Endowment have extra power!

If you can make a gift to the ISAAC Endowment Fund by June 30, it will have extra power to sustain our work to build the Beloved Community, where every single person is held as beloved. Gifts received by June 30 will count toward the funds available to ISAAC in 2021! If there are much […]

ISAAC Team Bios

Meet Cathy Phason, our new Housing Advocacy Intern Cathryn Phason is a 48-year-old black female that was born and raised in Park Forest Illinois, the second oldest of six children. She lived in a world where she was taught not to share her personal business outside of the home, but she knows it’s time to […]

Housing Inequities Magnified by COVID-19

In ISAAC we’ve been painfully aware of housing inequities for so long that it feels like a “silver lining in the storm cloud” that COVID-19 is changing the conversation about ending our housing inequities. All this is being discussed for those impacted most by housing inequities: Essential workers having no sick pay, no health insurance, and […]

Anti-Racism One-on-Ones with YWCA and Vice Mayor

On April the 21st, the Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF) held their meeting by Zoom as they continue to engage in one-on-one listening in preparation for the ISAAC Public Meeting, this Fall. 22 members were in attendance for the one-on-one conversations with Komal Razvi and Daniel Hamilton of the YWCA, and an update from Vice Mayor Patrese […]

Gun Violence Prevention One-on-Ones with State Legislators and YWCA

On April 28, the Gun Violence Task Force met through Zoom and talked to three local leaders involved in gun violence prevention work in Kalamazoo: State Representative Jon Hoadley, State Senator Sean McCann and Sherry Brockway of the YWCA. Rep. Hoadley talked about the current session of the MI House as it has been affected […]

Meet Sheila Takyi, Office Manager at ISAAC

Sheila was born and raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Upon graduation from High School in 1988, she attended Grambling State University in hopes of pursuing a nursing degree, but soon realized the medical field wasn’t her calling.

Group Violence Intervention (GVI) Bios

Meet Group Violence Intervention (GVI) Coordinator, Michael Wilder My name is Michael Wilder, I was born and raised in Chicago and I am the Group Violence Intervention Coordinator for The City of Kalamazoo. I did not start out with such a prestigious title. Try Career Criminal! Three trips to prison. My future was as bleak […]