Ministry With Community
Ministry With Community provides food, daytime shelter and other support services for people struggling with homelessness, poverty and mental illness in the Kalamazoo community. A successful capital campaign in 2016 allowed for a move to a new building to better serve the needs of members. SKP Design created a timeless, non-institutional interior design which addressed their main concerns of durability and security.
Serving as the traffic control center, a large Reception Desk is the focal point of the lobby area. Members can pick up mail, get access to showers and free toiletries and make appointments with various care providers. Flexible mobile storage was needed for office supplies, towels and washcloths, hats and gloves, laundry supplies and bath supplies. Lockable lateral files provide space to sort mail for 200-300 members. Lockers behind the desk allow members to securely store their belongings.
Acoustical ceiling clouds help absorb sound in the lobby space which becomes crowded around mealtimes. Built-in benches create natural spaces to form lines for the Dining Room. Bench seats and backs are Corian for durability. Arm rests provide separation in seating spaces and keep members from laying down. Wood finishes on the reception desk and floating ceiling cloud add warmth to the space. The desk front is primarily ground face block with glazed block used for the toe kick and as an accent strip.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the Dining Room 365 days per year. Stackable chairs and flip top tables with wheeled bases for easy moving provide versatility. A blue accent wall adds liveliness and a polished concrete floor is both fresh and durable. Adjacent to the lobby, a Game Room provides space for socializing. Another lounge area is a Quiet Room for waiting, reading and puzzles. Stacking chairs match those in the Dining Room. Round tables are a smaller version of the dining tables. All furniture is from Steelcase.
Triage Offices were designed with security in mind. Window and door placement allow staff to see the outside space and keep an eye to the hallway. A round conferencing top at the end of the desk return creates a teaming area for group meetings. The green task chair provides a pop of color; a round buoy provides a mobile side chair for perching. The Conference Room is large enough to host board meetings for up to 22 people. Two walls of glass open the space to interior hallways and keep sightlines open for security reasons. The blue accent wall has two whiteboards for collaboration and incorporates technology with a wall mounted TV.
Architect: Slocum Architects
Contractor: Miller Davis