|Kalamazoo County, Crime Reports (2011)
|Total Violent Crime:||128|
|Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:||1|
|Total Property Crime:||1,589|
|Motor Vehicle Theft:||68|
|Kalamazoo County, Census Data
|Information About People and Demographics|
|Total population of persons residing within the County in 2010 ||250,331|
|Estimate of the County's total residency as of April 1, 2000||238,603|
|Percentage change of the total resident population as of April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||5%|
|Net change of residents' total population from April 1, 2000 to April 1, 2010||11,728|
|April 1, 2000 complete count of Countywide resident population||238,603|
|Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age||15,635|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age||6%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age||54,936|
|July 1, 2009 estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age ||22%|
|July 1, 2009 percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||12%|
|July 1, 2009 estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older||30,047|
|July 1, 2009 total estimate percentage of female residents||52%|
|County's white resident population recorded in 2010||204,644|
|County's black resident population recorded in 2010||27,266|
|County's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations recorded in 2010||1,059|
|County's Asian resident population recorded in 2010||5,212|
|County's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population recorded in 2010||88|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of two or more races||8,247|
|Countywide 2010 resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin||9,959|
|Non Hispanic white resident population in 2010||200,047|
|Countywide percentage of white residents in 2010||82%|
|Countywide percentage of black residents in 2010||11%|
|Countywide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents in 2010||0%|
|Countywide percentage of Asian residents in 2010||2%|
|Countywide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander in 2010||0%|
|Countywide percentage of Two or more races in 2010||3%|
|Countywide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin in 2010||4%|
|Countywide percentage of non Hispanic white in 2010||80%|
|Births and deaths occurring in Kalamazoo County|
|Infant death occurring within the County of persons one year of age or less in 2007||27|
|Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more from 2005 to 2009||77|
Resident Background Information
|Education and background history of Kalamazoo County Residents|
|Percentage of foreign born population in the County from 2005 to 2009||4%|
|Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home from 2005 to 2009||6%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher from 2005 to 2009||92%|
|Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher from 2005 to 2009||33%|
|Total number of Veterans from 2005 to 2009||17,032|
Current Housing and Real Estate Data
|Households located in Kalamazoo County|
|Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence between 2005-2009||19|
|Housing unit estimates as of July 1, 2009||108,719|
|Net change of housing units estimates as of April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009||9,469|
|Housing unit estimates - percent change, April 1, 2000 (base) to July 1, 2009||10%|
|Percentage of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009 ||65%|
|Median value of the County's housing units being occupied by owners between 2005 and 2009
|Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units between 2005 and 2009||29%|
|Total number of households between 2005-2009||98,318|
|Average size of households between 2005-2009||2|
Kalamazoo County Employment Data
|Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the County|
|Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation in 2009 ||$24,560|
|2009 Countywide income of median households in Kalamazoo County||$42,336|
|Percentage of persons living in poverty in the year 2009||20%|
|The personal income of persons employed in 2007||$8,444|
|Per capita income of persons employed in 2007||$34,526|
|Labor force of civilian workers in 2009||133,009|
|The unemployment of the civilian labor force in 2009||13,321|
|The rate of unemployed civilian labor force in 2009 ||10|
|Employment of person relating to all industries in 2007 ||152,113|
|Net change of employment in all industries between 2000 and 2007 ||704|
|People employed by the government in 2007 ||15,721|
|Earnings by persons working in all industries in 2007||6,606,157|
|Average earnings per job in all industries in 2007||43,429|
|Number of private non farm establishments in 2008 ||5,796|
|The employment of non farm pay for the period of March 12, 2008 ||105,113|
|Percentage change of private nonfarm employment for the pay period of March 12, 2008
|Total of non employer establishment in 2008 according to NAICS ||14,850|
|Total NAICS 72 sales of accommodation and food services establishments with payrolls in 2007||414,648|
People and Businesses
|Firms and companies of Kalamazoo County |
|Total number of firms located in the County for the year 2007||21,102|
|Total percentage of black owned private firms in 2007||6%|
|Total percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native owned firms in 2007||0%|
|Total percentage of Asian owned firms in 2007||1%|
|Total percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander owned firms in 2007 ||0%|
|Total percentage of Native Hispanic owned private firms in 2007||1%|
|Total percentage of Women owned private firms in 2007||32%|
|Value for shipments from manufacturers according to NAICS 31-33 in 2007 ||7,145,875|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from merchant wholesalers according to NAICS 42 in 2007||1,207,153|
|Sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||2,808,829|
|Per capita sales of establishments with payroll from retailers in 2007 ||11,481|
|Property value and Kalamazoo County territory|
|2009 totals of building permits for new private housing units in 2009 ||320|
|The valuation of all new private housing units authorized by building permits in 2009 ||62,052|
|Adjusted 2007 acres of land in farms||144,873|
|Total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||1,471,050|
|Per capita total expenditures by the federal government for the 2008 fiscal year||5,982|
|Size in square miles of land as of 2000||562|
|Population per square mile in the year 2010||446||
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| Economic growth is beginning to 'accelerate' in West Michigan, economist says|
Although his survey showed no change in finished goods inventory, Long said he hopes the spring thaw will result in more sales to clear the inventories.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Growth in West Michigan’s industrial sector began to accelerate in March, according to according to economist Brian Long, director of supply chain research for Grand Valley State University.
Long, who surveys local industrial purchasing managers every month, said his index of new orders showed strong improved while his production index shows more modest gains. The employment index, a reflection of local industrial growth and optimism, also showed a gain, he said in his monthly report.
Although his survey showed no change in finished goods inventory, Long said he hopes the spring thaw will result in more sales to clear the inventories.
“Looking at local industrial groups, the “integrated” office furniture companies turned in a mixed performance in March,” Long said. “Some firms who posted some modest incentives in late 2013 felt that orders placed back in November and December have resulted in slower sales for early 2014.”
“In a repeat of the past several months, the auto parts firms turned in a mixed performance, but the bias was still to the upside,” Long said. “Auto sales continue to be the driving force behind the Michigan recovery, and the March report from Autonews is positive in several ways,” he said.
“Other firms, including some of the specialty manufacturers, are seeing sales rebound,” Long said. “The capital equipment firms are starting to see the annual spring rebound in sales, although some firms will probably have to wait a month or two to realize any strong improvement.”
Long said his survey of long-term and short-term business outlooks shows increased optimism.
“West Michigan is still faring much better that the rest of the state,” Long said. “Among the unemployment rates in the 83 Michigan counties, Kent County is second best, followed by Ottawa at number three, and Kalamazoo County in fourth place.”
Jim Harger covers business for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter or Facebook or Google+.
Happening April 08 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2014/04/economic_growth_is_beginning_t.html
| Obsessed for months by Teleka Patrick, online sleuths mourn news her body may be found |
For months, members of WebSleuths have been obsessed with the disappearance of Dr. Teleka Patrick, a 30-year-old medical resident last seen pulling out of the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center on Dec. 5.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- For months, members of WebSleuths have closely tracked the investigation into the disappearance of Dr. Teleka Patrick, a 30-year-old medical resident last seen pulling out of the parking lot of Borgess Medical Center on Dec. 5.
An online forum on missing-person cases, WebSleuths had dozens of members who regularly picked through every aspect of the Patrick investigation and brainstormed about clues they hoped would lead to finding Patrick alive.
Along the way, they uncovered aspects of Patrick's life that she had largely kept hidden from friends and family.
But Websleuth members also celebrated Patrick's accomplishments and fell in love with her spirit. 'She's such a beautiful person through and through. I hope we find her,' Tammy LaCoursiere, a Websleuths members who lives in Sault Ste. Marie, said in January.
View full sizeThis map shows the location of Teleka Patrick's car to Lake Charles, where a body of a woman was found Sunday morning.Then Sunday, authorities reported that a female body had been found in a Indiana lake, not far from where Patrick's car was discovered in a ditch along I-94.
While formal identification has not yet been made, a private investigator working for the Patrick family said he believed the body was that of Patrick.
The news was quickly posted on the Websleuths site.
One poster wrote that she couldn't stop crying. 'I'm so heartbroken,' she wrote. 'THIS IS SO UNFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'
'Teleka, you were a beautiful woman with a beautiful mind,' read another post. 'I wish I had the honor of knowing you; You are loved and cared for by many people, even though some of us never knew you.'
'I feel for her family,' wrote a third. 'But I'm happy that they're going to be able to lay her to rest and not wonder for more weeks or months, or even years, like some do.'
Tricia Griffith, owner of the Websleuth website, said in January the case was one of the most compelling cases ever to be discussed on Websleuths.
A big reason was Patrick's biography as a young beautiful and highly accomplished woman who appeared to suffer from mental illness she had kept hidden.RELATED STORY: Teleka Patrick Twitter posts reveal hopes, dreams amid worries of 'one big psychotic break.'
A brilliant student, Patrick graduated in May 2013 from Loma Linda University with a medical degree and a doctorate in chemistry. She came to Kalamazoo in June for a four-year residency in psychiatry at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine.
She disappeared Dec. 5 after working at shift at Borgess Medical Center.
Two hours after she was seen driving out of the Borgess parking lot, Indiana State Police received reports that a car driving erratically along westbound I-94 had ended up in a ditch. When police arrived at the scene, near the exit for Porter, Ind., they found Patrick's car and her wallet, but no sign of her.
After Patrick's disappearance, Websleuthers discovered she had been using Twitter like a private diary and they retrieved more than 20,000 tweets that Patrick had posted since April.
In those tweets, it was apparent Patrick may been been experiencing symptoms of an undiagnosed mental illness.
She wrote that she moved to Kalamazoo because she was convinced she was called by God to marry Marvin Sapp, a Grand Rapids minister who also is a Grammy-nominated gospel singer
Sapp spurned her advances, according to police, and in September obtained a restraining order against Patrick.
But the Twitter posts indicate that Patrick continued to believe that Sapp was secretly in love with her and communicating with her telepathically. The tweets also indicated that Patrick was worried that she was having a mental breakdown and losing touch with realty. Her final tweets the day before her disappearance indicated she felt tortured by a 'demonic power.'
The last people to see Patrick told police that she was acting strangely and seemed confused.
Before Sunday, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office theorized Patrick may have hitched a ride along I-94 on Dec. 5 to an unknown area.
Some on Websleuths wondered if she disappeared voluntarily to start a new life, or perhaps was gripped by mental illness and living in a shelter or on the streets.
The body found Sunday was in a lake a few hundred yards from where the car was found. The lake had been searched as recently as April 1, to no avail. But early Sunday morning, a fisherman saw the body -- described as a female dressed in dark clothes -- floating on the water.
A Websleuther lives near Porter, Ind., noted Sunday night that the lake wasn't frozen the night Patrick disappeared but 'it would be frozen within a week or so and stayed frozen right up until 2 weeks or so.'
Websleuth members wrote Sunday that they felt especially drawn to Patrick because of her Twitter posts.
'Teleka's case has been like no other because we had access to her innermost thoughts and to some extent we got to know her,' one Websleuther wrote. 'Even though she didn't mean too, she left behind a treasure with her tweets. It has helped so much to understand the suffering and conflict she was going through.
'I hope her tweets aren't washed away but used as her legacy to teach people and help them understand mental illness and how it affects someone,' the Websleuther continued. 'Also to encourage if you suspect someone is suffering to try to talk them in to getting help. She knew she had a problem and was afraid to get help because it would ruin her career. The discovery of her tweets could be used in so many ways to change people's lives.'
Other posters agreed the Patrick case offered insight about mental illness.
'I am so sorry that all we could do here was too little, too late,' read one post. 'I pray that her story is a message to the world that we have to stop stigmatizing mental illness. My own child was afraid to go to her psychology professors for help due to stigmatization. I encouraged her to rise above it. If anyone should understand, THEY should. She rose above it and asked for help. I pray for her. I pray for Teleka. Now, Teleka has risen above it all. God bless you sweet girl.'
Some wrote they saw it as an avoidable tragedy.
'This young lady had so much going for her and so much to accomplish,' one wrote. 'What was broken was not irreparable. Had she opted to seek help instead of trying to handle her illness on her own, had someone seen, recognized and effectively intervened, this beautiful, ambitious young woman could have done much and helped many.'RELATED STORY: In Teleka Patrick case, mental health complexities put in the spotlight.Affection for Patrick was clear in theWebsleuth posts. 'I genuinely liked her,' one person wrote. 'She had a bright spirit. She had gumption. And she excelled in her life despite some real troubles. ......Sleep in peace, Taleka. You were a hell of a woman in your too-short life.'
Another Websleuth member mourned what appears to be another sad ending to a missing-person case, writing: 'The reality never gets easier. When you invest your time in trying to figure out these cases... you end up investing your heart. Our efforts may not be recognized, but I don't think it is why any of us do it. We want to feel we are doing something instead of like so many do when they see it on the news which is nothing. Nothing ever changed anything, but something could.'Julie Mack covers K-12 education and writes a column for Kalamazoo Gazette. Email her at email@example.com, call her at 269-350-0277 or follow her on Twitter at kzjuliemack.
Happening April 06 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/teleka_patrick_disappearance_f.html
| Election campaign finance reports in Kalamazoo County to go online under Michigan pilot program|
Kalamazoo County residents interested in viewing campaign finance records of local elected officials will soon have better accessibility to those reports.
KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo County residents interested in viewing campaign finance records of local elected officials will soon have online accessibility to those reports.
Kalamazoo County residents will soon be able to view the campaign finance reports of local political candidates online thanks to a state pilot program. MLive file Kalamazoo County was recently selected by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to be one of two counties to participate in a pilot program that will offer electronic
campaign-finance reporting for local candidates and ballot questions.
While the public already has access to campaign finance reports of statewide candidates through the Secretary of State's website, reports filed by local candidates for office in Kalamazoo County can only be viewed by going to the county clerk's office and looking at paper filings.
Candidates for government office are required to file pre-election and post-election reports on campaign contributions and expenses. The pilot program, which will also be offered in Macomb County, seeks to increase transparency by making the statements more readily available, said Fred Woodhams, a spokesman in Johnson's office.
some clerks do offer reports in a PDF version, paper reports that are online,' Woodhams said.
'The goal with this program is to provide that level of transparency and accountability that the public has come
to expect at the statewide level.'
The program will also allow candidates for local office to file their campaign finance reports electronically, as opposed to turning in hard copies to the county clerk's office.
Woodhams said there wasn't a specific reason that Kalamazoo and Macomb counties were selected for the pilot program, although he noted that Johnson wanted to work with two larger counties to ensure any bugs could be worked out before launching the program statewide.
'They were just identified as larger counties and counties we
have worked with in the past,' Woodhams said of Kalamazoo and Macomb. 'They seemed
like good candidates with clerks who might be interested.'Kalamazoo County Clerk Tim Snow said he was excited to be selected.'I haven't heard much about it, but I understand it will be very similar to what is out there on the state's website,' Snow said. 'I think they know I have an interest, so I was glad to be asked to participate.'Snow said his office is currently working on a separate system that will allow the public to search past campaign finance reports of active candidate committees. He said the state's program allowing users to access current reports should 'complement this project nicely.'Woodhams said one benefit of the program is that it be done entirely online and won't require clerks to purchase new software. He said he was unsure how the public will ultimately access the database, but it's likely that the main page would be hosted by the state and would be linked to on individual county websites.At Tuesday's Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners meeting, commissioner Julie Rogers, D-Kalamazoo Township, applauded the pilot program, calling it 'long overdue.''I am
very pleased that Clerk Snow is partnering with our Secretary of State,' Rogers said after commissioners unanimously approved the partnership. 'I am very proud that Kalamazoo County will be a pilot
and I hope that every county will be implementing it.'
Woodhams said although a firm date has not been set, he expects the pilot program to launch later this year and be expanded to the entire state by early 2015.
Snow said said it's unlikely the system will be available before candidates in this fall's elections must upload their finance reports. Alex Mitchell covers county government and taxes for the Kalamazoo Gazette. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter.
Happening April 06 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/statewide_pilot_program_to_bri.html
| Efforts made to help prevent child abuse and neglect celebrated in Kalamazoo|
Two organizations and four individuals were honored Friday in a ceremony on the North Kalamazoo Mall.
Karen Hayter KALAMAZOO, MI – Efforts made in 2013 to help prevent child abuse and neglect were celebrated Friday by the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.Two organizations and four individuals were honored in a ceremony on the North Kalamazoo Mall, near two blue-ribbon trees, decorated to call attention to April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month.Volunteers tied 6,112 streaming, foot-long blue ribbons on two young trees on the North Kalamazoo Mall along the 100 block of Michigan Avenue in downtown Kalamazoo. Each ribbon represents a case of child abuse reported during 2013, said Karen Hayter, executive director of the Kalamazoo County Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council.She said the trees are intended to “impart on community members the number of complaints our local Child Protective Services office is fielding. How hard they are working.”Those honored Friday were:-Rick Pahl – The supervisor of Families First was praised for child advocacy and professional excellence (a professional who, in working with abused and neglected children, demonstrates excellence in their work and is a role model for their peers). What others had to say: “Rick is retiring from Family & Children Services after 33 years of service. The last 25 years of which have been with Families First. He had an excellent reputation as a Families First worker and the same (reputation) as a supervisor. He also works part-time as an outreach therapist with Child Protective Services cases too. He 100 percent deserves thi award.”-Michael Liepman – The professor of psychiatry and director of psychiatry research at Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker School of Medicine was praised for professional excellence. What others had to say: “There are many examples of Mike's professional efforts to better the lives of families in Kalamazoo County and beyond, including his involvement with The Mothers of Hope, a local nonprofit that supports recovering substance abusers, and the important role he plays helping to organize the largely successful yearly event 'The Ultimate Family Reunion,' a community event sponsored by Mothers Of Hope that brings thousands of families and members of the community together with over 70 local organizations in an effort to strengthen the relationships within the community and bring awareness to local resources. In his personal life, Mike's devotion to supporting the community helps to build strong families, and seems to be as perceivable to him as breathing air.”-Regina Badger – The Legal Aid of Southwest Michigan attorney was praised from child advocacy; being an individual who champions the cause of child abuse or neglect.What others had to say: “Regina is a survivor of child abuse and neglect. Despite tremendous adversity, she was able to graduate from law school (while a single mom) and enter the service. As an attorney for Legal Aid of Southwest Michigan, she has devoted her career to assisting clients who are less fortunate. While she could find a career that is more lucrative, she believes it is her mission to ‘pay forward’ in gratitude for those who helped her graduate from law school. She is a former board member of KCAN and a past chairperson. While her health no longer allows her to participate on the board, she continues to be a strong advocate for us. She uses social media to spread our messages, financially supports us, and requires her husband and son to volunteer for our Life Saver campaign every year.”-Rena Heleniak – The Court-Appointed Special Advocate with Kalamazoo County was praised for child advocacy.What others had to say: “She has been a volunteer for several years and is extremely dedicated to the children she serves. Rena's role is to advocate for the best interest of the children she is assigned to who are involved in the abuse/neglect system. Rena goes above and beyond the required face-to-face contact with these children. She advocates for them in the school system, with their caseworkers, foster parents and the court. Rena does a lot of behind-the-scenes work for these children. She has driven, sometimes several times a month, to meet with school districts and to advocate strongly for IEP's, educational assistance and accurate placement of her CASA child. Often times, these meetings have been with unfamiliar districts and school policies. … Her advocacy is not only appreciated by the child, but by the parents and foster parents that she encourages and supports.”The organizations that were celebrated were also the recipients of $500 mini-grants. They were:-The Infant Foster Care Collaborative -- An informal group of caseworkers from foster care agencies in Kalamazoo County (Bethany Christian Services, Department of Human Services, Family & Children Services, Lutheran Social Services of Michigan) that has worked since 2011 to provide an evidence-based parenting program, the Incredible Years, to Kalamazoo County parents involved with the child welfare system. The aim of the Collaborative in providing this parenting program is to increase the parenting skills of parents, to speed up the reunification process, and to decrease the rate of recidivism (children returning to foster care. -Family, Career & Community Leaders of America – is a national nonprofit student organization that tries to help young men and women become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities. The mission of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. The chapter working at Kalamazoo Central High School will use its grant for what it is calling the Real Men Rock Campaign. The campaign is intended to bring public awareness to Shaken Baby Syndrome through the use of a print and social media campaign. It wants fathers, boyfriends, and male caregivers to know that Shaken Baby Syndrome is a preventable tragedy.
Happening April 06 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2014/04/efforts_made_in_2013_to_help_p.html
| Weather update: Rain this afternoon with a high of 51 today|
Rain is expect to hit the Kalamazoo area Monday afternoon through Monday night.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- One tenth to a quarter inch of rain could fall Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Rain is in the forecast for the next three days in Kalamazoo. Rain is expected to hit the area this afternoon and persist through most of the evening. There is an 80 percent chance rain after 2 p.m. with a high near 51degrees, the NWS said.
The rain might continue into Tuesday but Wednesday is expected to be warm and sunny.
Here is the full forecast from the NWS:
Tonight: Rain, mainly before 11pm. Low around 35. North wind 11 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tuesday: A 20 percent chance of rain after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 51. Northwest wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. North northwest wind 7 to 15 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 53. Northwest wind 5 to 13 mph.
Wednesday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Wednesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Happening April 06 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/weather_update_rain_this_after.html
| Anne Lipsey chosen for 2014 YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement award|
Anne Lipsey, who recently retired as executive director of Loaves & Fishes food bank, has been named recipient of the 2014 YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement, the YWCA of Kalamazoo has announced.
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Anne Lipsey, who recently retired as executive director of Loaves & Fishes food bank, has been named recipient of the 2014 YWCA Lifetime Woman of Achievement, the YWCA of Kalamazoo has announced.Anne LipseyLipsey, 61, will be honored at at a dinner on Thursday, May 29, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel.The award is given to a woman in the community who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the community, state or nation, and has a record of accomplishment, leadership and positive role modeling as a volunteer and/or in a career.'Anne Lipsey’s devotion to the Kalamazoo community is evident through her career spent working to improve the lives of its citizens,' said a news release accompanying the announcement. 'Her commitment to the well-being of the Kalamazoo community began as early as her days at Kalamazoo Central High School where she co-founded Students for Better Education, a student run organization that campaigned for elected school millage,' the release said.After graduating from Kalamazoo Central, Lipsey earned a bachelor's in history, economic and political science from Western Michigan University and a master's in urban planning from the University of Michigan.She worked at Ministry With Community, the Center for City Housing and the Eastside Neighborhood Association before becoming one of the first office employees at Loaves & Fishes in 1984.She was the agency's assistant director until 1991, and then became director of allocations at Greater Kalamazoo United Way, followed by a stint as a program officer at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, In 2003, she returned to Loaves & Fishes as its executive director.'Anne’s leadership has allowed the organization to grow and evolve to accommodate the changing the needs of the Kalamazoo community,' the YWCA press release said. 'What began as a grass-roots effort has grown to an organization with a $1.7 million annual budget, with 26 food pantries in Kalamazoo County that serve an average of 522 people daily. The addition of the Weekend Food Pack Program in 2005 allows the organization to provide 800 local school children each week with breakfast and lunch for the weekend.'Lipsey spearheaded a $2 million capital campaign to build a new facility for Loaves & Fishes, which opened in January 2012.Lipsey also has served on numerous board and was president of the Michigan Food Bank Council in 2010. Locally, she has been on the board of Options for Community Living and Kalamazoo Deacon’s Conference, and is a member of the Anti-Racism Alliance.She also serves on the Curriculum Committee and as a member of the Advisory Committee for Leadership Kalamazoo, and has been a volunteer for Ministry with Community, Center City Housing and the Kalamazoo Public Schools.Lipsey is married to Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Alexander Lipsey. The couple lives in Kalamazoo.The YWCA Woman of Achievement are picked by a selection committee that includes Margaret Patton, Phil Carra, Cindy Kole and Sister Betty Veenhuis.Past Women of Achievement include Betty Lee C. Ongley, Elizabeth S. Upjohn Mason, Allene W. Dietrich, Georgia T. Dungy, N. Lorraine Beebe, Gayl Werme, Martha G. Parfet, Caroline R. Ham, Mary C. Brown, Beverly A. Moore, Jo Jacobs, Dr. Marilyn Schlack, Judy K. Maze, The Honorable Carolyn H. Williams, Anna Whitten, Ann Parfet, Suzanne Todd Shepherd, Barbara James, Eva L. Ozier, Mary Little Tyler, Judy Sarkozy, Marian G. Klein, Marjorie Springgate, Martha B. Warfield, Patricia Coles-Chalmers, Dr. Eileen Wilson-Oyelaran, Kathy Beauregard and Ronda Stryker.The YWCA will name the 2014 YWCA Women of Achievement and the 2014 Young Women of Achievement shortly.
Happening April 06 2014
- Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/anne_lipsey_chosen_for_2014_yw.html
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