Seasons Greetings from The Arcadia Institute

The Arcadia Institute had a very busy year. We have now worked with over 200 Participants who have been doing everything in the community from art to martial arts to volunteering to photo monitoring. In addition, we have worked with over 50 community organizations who have welcomed the Participants and supported them to have successful experiences. Last March, along with our Partners – The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Kalamazoo, The Kalamazoo Nature Center, the Southwest Michigan Council of Boy Scouts and the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo – we hosted the first Building a Community of Belonging Forum. Over 20 organizations supported the event. You can read about the Forum in our Events.

We are excited to announce that John and Connie Lyle O'Brien will be coming to Kalamazoo on March 16 and 17, 2011 for a second Forum. John and Connie travel the world working to enhance communities' capacities for including individuals with disabilities. They will facilitate the creation of a community plan for Kalamazoo. We hope you'll join us. Registration information will be on our website as of January 15.

George, Hyun, Allison and our newest colleague Heather wish you a very Happy 2011!