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Mental Health Awareness Day

September 29, 2008

Power Branch is a Kalamazoo-based organization that provides peer support to increase self-sufficiency, reintegration and, ultimately, self-actualization of individuals working their way through the mental health system….

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Care Through Touch

September 28, 2008

Homeless people are the untouchables of our time, but not in Kalamazoo. Two massage therapists, Marcy Clark and Deanna Wines, have broken this taboo and are volunteering…

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Musician with a Mission

September 28, 2008

Bob Rowe and Rendal Wall from Renaissance Enterprises playing music for the residents of Tendercare Riverside Nursing Home in Battle Creek, MI for their New Year’s Eve…

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Music for Hospice Patients

September 28, 2008

Gay Walker is an art therapist who manages Diane’s Way, an expressive arts program that was set up in honorable memory of a former hospice patient. Diane’s…

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School Bus Safety

September 28, 2008

Barb Wise is a school-bus driver with a passion for children’s safety. As a volunteer, Barb has developed a school-bus safety program that she presents to schools…

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Washington Writer’s Academy

September 28, 2008

Lynn Nations Johnson, a professor of education at Western Michigan University, is a teacher with a passion for helping underprivileged kids. Lynn works with the fourth-grade students…

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Pregnancy Prevention

September 28, 2008

Cherie Seitz is a Teen Program Coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Southwest Michigan with enormous passion and dedication for her work. Through a competitive process, she was…

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Food Matters

September 28, 2008

Food Matters is a new, locally founded group concerned with educating the Kalamazoo community on issues related to food, food safety and the environment. David Schmidt and…

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