March 12, 2019
Category: Newsletters

2017-18 Gifts of Kindness Recognition

Thank you to the many individuals, groups, businesses, and other organizations who provided in-kind support to CIS and the students we served last school year, including donations of items to the CIS Kids’ Closet! These are in addition to those who made financial gifts, which can be found in our 2017-18 annual report.


This list recognizes those who gave between July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. We make every effort to recognize our donors accurately. If we have omitted you or made a mistake in listing you, we need to know! Please accept our apologies for any oversights and contact us via phone at 269.337.1601 or email Emily Kobza at with the corrected information for future publications.

8th District Court
Karen Alston
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Members, Employees, and Caring Committee of Arbor Financial Credit Union
Staff of BASIC
Borgess Professional Nurse Council
Jen Boyer
Breakfast Optimist Club of Kalamazoo
Bronson Health Foundation
Bronson Methodist Hospital Cardiology Floor & Float Pool
Bronson Respiratory Department
Janice Brown and Ed Birch
Yolanda Browning
Caitlin Bunker
Vanessa Chastine
John and Jennifer Clark
Ms. Artrella Cohn
James Corzine
Pam Dalitz
Delta Dental of Michigan
Stephen and Marlene Denenfeld
Kate Duffey
Carol Eaton
Edwards Garment
Lena Ellinger & Friends
Millie Ellis
Shona Espinoza
Melissa Ewing
First Day Shoe Fund
First United Methodist Church
Ms. Laura Flegel
Flynn Thiel, P.C
Briana Gilliard
GSHOM Troop #80443
Cynda and James Greenman
Susan L. Harrington
Emily Hoffman
Mr. Shaghil Husain, Sarah Husain & Kyle Dykgraf – in memory of Gulnar Husain
IBEW Local 131
The Integer Group
David W. Jackson
Jaqua Realtors
Donna Judd
Junior League of Kalamazoo, Inc.
Faculty & Staff of Kalamazoo College
Kalamazoo County Association of Retired School Personnel
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Staff at Kalamazoo Public Schools Administration Building
Kalamazoo Southside Church of the Nazarene
Bob and Susan Kiser
Marcia Kolinske
James and Diane Koning
Kushner & Company
Lake Michigan Credit Union
David and Amy Lehr
Kelly Leversee
Jennifer Lindsay
Heather LongJohn
Lowe’s Store #1110
Karen Masten-Brier
Tony and Theresa McDonnell
Melissa McPherson
Ms. Nick Metzger
Millennium Restaurant Group
Miller Johnson
Kristen Miller
Milwood Methodist Church Women’s Ministry
Petra Morey
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Myrtle’s Sisters – Unity Church
NALS of Greater Kalamazoo
Debra Newsome – in honor of John Brandon’s birthday
Catherine Niessink
Jack Novotny
Old National Bank
Florence U. Orosz
Oshtemo Area Churches (OAC)
Ann and Don Parfet
Paris Cleaners
Parkview Hills Community
Rosa Ponce
Radiant Church
Leslie Lami-Reed and William Reed
Republic Services
Jennifer A. Rice and Jeff Spoelstra
Pat Rothi
Kathryn Rozich
RX Optical
Bob and Jerri Sabo
Christina Semelbauer
“Helping Hands, Happy People” of RSVP – Your invitation To Volunteer – Senior Services of Southwest Michigan
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Jaswant Singh & Family
Martha Smith
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Sunnyside United Methodist Church
Swan Snack Emporium – TowerPinkster
Thermofisher Scientific
Visions of Victory Church of God – Mittens for Munchkins Ministry
Cameron Weld
West Kalamazoo Christian Church
Cheri Williams
Melissa Wilson
WMU Lee Honors College
Dawn Wright
The Wyatt/Campus Advantage
Zion Lutheran Church
Employees of Zoetis