While the Kalamazoo area can draw on notable stories from throughout history to showcase its generosity, the latest “Community Project” of the Home Builders Association of Western Michigan (HBAWMI, HBA), and the individuals and businesses that have come together to help is perhaps the town’s most selfless project to date.
It all began in 1985, when the Junior League of Kalamazoo partnered with Bronson Methodist Hospital and Borgess Medical Center to open the Hospital Hospitality House of Southwest Michigan (HHH, the House). The intent was to provide a temporary home-away-from-home for families and loved ones of those receiving medical care in Kalamazoo’s fine medical facilities. Since that time, more than 33,500 guests have stayed at the House, finding needed reprieve and support during challenging times.
While the program has been perfected over the last 33 years, the two-story house they currently occupy in the historic South Street neighborhood is 152 years old and cannot provide the space, privacy, and accessibility that are critical to accommodating a wide array of guests. After much research, the Board of Directors determined that these limitations would best be addressed by building two cottage-style facilities closer to the main hospital campuses.
The hospitals were delighted by this idea and donated the land near their respective locations to support the capital campaign HHH had launched.