To those who have reached out in such kindness after our temporary closure, and to all the friends of The Kalamazoo House, we know we owe you an update. We only wish it were less bittersweet and more definitive for you.
In this time of such uncertainty, our highest priorities are the safety and wellbeing of our guests and employees, followed closely by ensuring the security and long-term continuity of this historic institution. With both of those in mind, we’re writing to announce that together with our stakeholders we’ve made the very hard decision to temporarily close the inn—for an unknown period of some months.
So in any disaster or crisis, you see silver linings and good things. For years I’ve joked that my faith in humanity gets shaken almost daily, and restored every time—almost always by the end of the same day. Both in our Kalamazoo community and in the outreach from our K-House guests, my confidence and love for the goodness of humans is soaring to new heights.
Sometimes if they don’t get a chance to meet her during a short stay, guests will ask “where’s Stephanie?”. I will often joke about how hard I make my “sugar mama” work. I may say something like, “Someone has to earn the health insurance for the family,” or, “We certainly don’t want to let grass grow under her feet.” It’s a joke because those who know Steph know she’s always on the go—about as busy as anyone I know. And it’s true now more than ever.