KCH welcomes new Executive Director

Dear friends,

I'm pleased to announce that the Kalamazoo Collective Housing Board of Directors has named Matt Lechel as the organization's second Executive Director. Matt currently serves as the Neighborhood Safety Initiative Coordinator at the Volunteer Center. He brings leadership, organizing, fundraising, and planning experience from Sean McCann's campaign for State Representative, the Girls Scouts Heart of Michigan, the People's Food Co-op, and many other organizations. Matt is a graduate of the School of Public Administration at WMU. His passion for social change, community development, and cooperative enterprise will inject energy into the next phase of KCH's growth.

After six years of grassroots organizing, fundraising, capacity building, and learning, we've accomplished so much with the help of hundreds of supporters. KCH is working on multiple exciting projects that will take shape this year and continue to increase our community impact. I thank all of you that have sustained the organization over the years and supported me personally.

While Matt steps up to take on day-to-day responsibilities of managing KCH, I will step back to serve as the Special Projects Director.

While serving as KCH's first Executive Director, I've watched our community grow and have seen increasing support for neighborhood initiatives and cooperative enterprise. Many individuals, families, and organizations are working hard to improve our neighborhood. Leaders from many sectors of our society are calling for creative new ways to improve our urban centers and core neighborhoods. And, KCH continues to engage residents in participatory decision-making around their housing. It has truly been a privilege to be part of this work.


With gratitude,

Michael Gregor
Outgoing Executive Director
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UPCOMING EVENTS

March 19 at 6pm
ISAAC BANQUET

This year, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Valora Washington, renowned expert on the importance of early childhood education. Come celebrate the accomplishments of ISAAC and join us in recognizing key allies. More at http://isaackalamazoo.org
 
March 13 - March 19 in Chicago, IL
WEEK LONG GRASSROOTS LEADERSHIP TRAINING

If you're looking to take your leadership to the next level--whether in your congregation, ISAAC, civic organization, or workplace--you need to attend the Grassroots Leadership Training offered by the Gamaliel Foundation. Join leaders from across the nation as they gather in Chicago for an intense week of first-rate training. You'll cover topics such as power, relationship building, raising money, self-interest, and more! More at http://www.gamaliel.org/

March 26
Our Baby's Growing Up Party

Join KCH members, volunteers, family, and friends to welcome Matt Lechel as our new Executive Director and bid farewell to outgoing Executive Director Michael Gregor. More at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kalamazoo-Collective-Housing/180152944343?ref=ts#!/event.php?eid=198088600214903
 
COMMUNITY HOMEWORKS will be offering maintenance classes. Tentative dates are below. More at www.facebook.com/communityhomeworks
March 15     Home Safety and Security
March 22     Spring Maintenance
March 29     Basic Lawn Care

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