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Douglass Community Association making a comeback

Thomas-Cloud at the podium leading last night's community update.
Their facility is located on West Patterson St.
The building has gotten several upgrades in the past year, thanks to local unions, businesses and trade groups.
Thomas-Cloud at the podium leading last night's community update.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- The Douglass Community Association gave a progress report last night after a financial crisis last year threatened the organization’s future.

They found themselves thousands in debt, behind on their payroll taxes, with an aging building in dire need of repairs, and suddenly losing their financial support from the United Way, because of accusations of financial mismanagement.

Executive Director Sherry Thomas-Cloud says they have raised over half a million since then to keep the doors open, but that is a lot of it is one-time money raised with grants and contributions from citizens.

They still need to find more sustainable funding. She is working with United Way to restore confidence and that funding stream. In fact they have received $50-thousand in United Way funding for the coming year.

She says they aren’t out of the woods yet but they have paid off debts, erased a back-log in unpaid payroll taxes and gotten a lot of community support to make repairs to the building.

They are on the right track, they just have to keep it going.