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Giving Thanks Through The Power of Friendship

On November 15, 2019, Friendship Village a senior living community in Kalamazoo, Michigan hosted a recognition celebration as part of National Philanthropy Day to celebrate the nonprofits that their residents support.

At the celebration event, FocusForward was one of thirty-seven nominated non-profit agencies that serve the Kalamazoo area that won this special recognition and was asked to attend the banquet and celebrate their mission.

For more than twenty-five years, FocusForward, part of MidWest Enterprises for the Blind, has a mission to provide employment for people who are blind and visually impaired.   The organization has not relied on grants or donations to support the mission, but rather by providing quality products and services at a competitive price to their commercial and governmental customers.

The facility is a full-service assembly, packaging, kitting, and fulfillment company that maintains ISO 9001:2015 certification and stands by the products and services that are provided to their customers.

Vicky Hickok, the Administrative Manager at FocusForward said, "It is exciting to be recognized among the 36 other not-for-profit organizations that serve our community here in Kalamazoo! The residents at Friendship Village really have very caring hearts and we’re grateful that they were willing to highlight us in this fashion."

Below you’ll find a list of the other wonderful organizations that were honored. FocusForward’s team encourages everyone to consider partnering with an organization doing great work in the Kalamazoo community this holiday season:

2019 Nominated Charites

Alzheimer’s Association

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop 

Animals Rescue Project

Boys Town

Building Blocks of Kalamazoo

Community Healing Centers

Community in Schools, Kalamazoo MI

Crossroads Prison Ministry

EasterSeals, Michigan

Family and Children Services, Kalamazoo MI

First United Methodist Dream Fund

Generous Hands

Gospel Mission

Habitat for Humanity, Kalamazoo MI

Hospice Care of SW Michigan

Kalamazoo Humane Society Kalamazoo, MI

Kalamazoo Junior Symphony

Kairos Dwelling, Kalamazoo, MI 

Kalamazoo Community Foundation

 Kalamazoo Drop-in Child Care Center

 Kids Hope USA

Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes

Ministry with Community

Urban Alliance – Momentum Urban Employment Initiative

Open Doors Kalamazoo, MI

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WMU

Planned Parenthood of Michigan

Senior Services – Meals on Wheels

Southern Care Hospice, Kalamazoo, MI

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Salvation Army, Kalamazoo, MI

United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region

WMU Foundation


YMCA, Kalamazoo

YWCA, Kalamazoo