Kalamazoo's Prevention Works announces plans to expand services


KALAMAZOO, Mich. - A major announcement Wednesday in downtown Kalamazoo is expected to affect thousands of people over the next decade.

Prevention Works is in the home stretch of their "Better Tools, Brighter Futures" campaign, and plan to take it to the community this week to ask for help with fundraising.

The organization is working to raise $2.3 million to build a new center in downtown Kalamazoo for their efforts to help local families.

Those at Prevention Works tell Newschannel 3 they are at more than 70-percent of their goal and now need help from local donors to complete it.

Part of the new campaign will include $1 million in program expansions over the next eight to 10 years to reach an addition 8,000 to 10,000 people in West Michigan.

"We're going to be able to impact more lives in Kalamazoo. Give them more tools to prevent substance abuse, violence, work on social emotional health, trauma informed prevention, really impact lives and make healthier citizens of our community,” said Danielle Sielatycki, the CEO of Prevention Works.

Prevention Works will be giving more details about their campaign at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cityscape on the Kalamazoo Mall. The event is open to the public and you're invited to learn more about what Prevention Works does and what they say they need to expand.

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