Past Events

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UPCOMING EVENTS

All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

 

9/14/19

Emerging HOPE End of the Summer Camp Dinner and Program; 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Parents, Campers, Funders, and Community Members 

Invitation Only

Time and Date - TBA

Podcast

Pamela Humes,Director of Educational Outreach at Alternatives Care Centers/Project Director, Re-Generation Next will partner with Emerging HOPE as we roll out a cutting-edge Podcast on various topics to empower single parents.

Time and Date - TBA

Outdoor Adventure Activities

Jessica Fitzgerald of Active Outdoor Connections will partner with Emerging HOPE to expose youth to a plethora of cutting-edge outdoor events.

Youth Program Aim

The program is designed to provide urban youth with safe and supportive community enrichment skills through recreational outdoor activities.

 

Likewise, the program aims to increase social emotional skills, resiliency skills, leadership skills and address mental and emotional concerns whereby empowering youth to live healthy, fully functioning lives.

Activities

All Season Camping

Backpacking

Mountain Biking

Downhill Skiing/Snowboarding

Indoor Rock Climbing

Kayaking/Canoeing

Hiking

Sledding

Events will be held once per month at different locations. (Age 5-18)  

10/12/19

Team Emerging HOPE

National Alliance on Mental Illness 5K Walk Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI

Support Team Emerging HOPE in the NAMIWalks Grand Rapids event.  8:00am - 3:00pm

This is the fourth year we have walked in memory of my sister Kimberly, who we lost to suicide January 21, 2015.

The Walk in being held at Davenport University, Grand Rapids, MI.  This 5K cause walk will raise awareness for suicide prevention, allow people to connect with each other, and provide critical funds for NAMI - 100% of the community-raised dollars stay here in the community,

 

Day-of registration begins at 8 AM, remarks begin at 9 AM with the walk beginning afterwards. Kids and friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.  

Join our team. Make a donation. Come walk with us. Invite your family, friend’s co-workers and places of worship to join us. We need 1,000 of my closest friends to join us! We all benefit!  Visit our team page to "Join Our Team", or to make a tax-deductible donation: https://www.namiwalks.org/participant/EmergingHOPE

10/25 -10/26

Emmanuel Covenant Church International Battle Creek, MI

Women of Royalty 8th Annual Empowerment Weekend

Minister Dr. Pamela Robinson will deliver a keynote address focusing on the topic of Mental Health Awareness from a female and biblical perspective.  

11/16/19

Men of Faith Support Group

6:00pm - 7:30pm

Facilitator - Minister Curtis L. Robinson, Sr. 

Group meets every third Saturday 

The purpose of the group is to create a safe space for men to share wins and challenges on their quest for personal growth and deepening spirituality. It is for men who realize they are more than their flesh and blood; they are more than just a number. This group is for you, wherever you may be in your path toward your destination.
 

Join us each month to gather with others who are willing to share their personal stories and to grow. Meetings will include discussion, reflection, and sharing.

All interested persons of all faiths are welcome.

1104 S. Westnedge, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

12/19/19

Brown Bag Lunch Group Scripture/Prayer Series. A Networking Group for Therapist, Mental Health Professionals, and Clergy

During this one-hour setting, Therapist, Mental Health Professionals, and Clergy gather together as equals to break bread and study the week’s chosen Gospel lesson
specifically related to mental health awareness in faith-based communities. We use an African interfaith model of scripture study—a process of reflection with a non-judgmental emphasis on sharing from the heart. 
Each Brown Bag Lunch is sponsored by a host group. After twenty minutes or so, host group co-lead the group to discuss the Gospel verse which the host group has provided. Each person is encouraged to participate according to a simple, prescribed format, which involves reading
the Gospel verse, then asking for comments. The reading and commentary are repeated several times to encourage a full understanding of the verse. These sessions are meaningful for all in attendance.

Please consider becoming a host group or host church. This involves the commitment of a small team, approximately
once every six months. If you have any interest in having a meaningful Brown Bag Lunch experience—whether you’re an individual or part of a group—please contact Dr. Pamela Robinson at

269-205-8770 for information on hosting a group.  All interested persons of all faiths
are welcome.

The group will meet on the fourth Thursday of each month. Except for the December group. Due to the holidays, it will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019

 

Address: 1104 S. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

12/8/19

Pastoral Ordination Ceremony

Minister Curtis l. Robinson, Sr. and Minister Dr. Pamela Robinson 

Location: Westwood Christian Reformed Church - 620 Northampton Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

Time: 4pm - 7pm

12/27/19 - 12/29/19

Beechpoint Christian Camp

Emerging HOPE-Therapeutic Camping 

Winter Blast is an experience your child will never forget! Beechpoint is located in Allegan, Michigan and averages 80-100 inches of snow each year! Winter Blast sessions are full of sledding, broom-ball, night hikes, camp fires, excellent food and new friends

 

Emerging HOPE Forum

 September 2014

 

The 7th Annual Emerging Hope Spirituality and Mental Health Forum, a panel discussion on the impact of spirituality on people with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities was held on  September 13, 2014 at the Kalamazoo Public Library.

 

The gathering was hosted by Robinson and her husband, Minister Curtis Robinson Sr., co-director of Emerging Hope. Mona Lisa Watson, manager of diversity and inclusion at Bronson Methodist Hospital, was moderator of the discussion.

 

From left, Ministers Curtis and Pamela Robinson, with moderator Mona Lisa Watson in the background,  field questions as part of a panel discussion.Al Jones | MLive/Gazette

 

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/09/better_understanding_of_mental.html

 

 

Pamela Robinson and her husband Curtis talk with Health Reporter Valerie Lego about their Emerging Hope Family Strengthening Program in Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WZZM) – You may remember the story of Kimberley Haymon. She had been missing since January. She was last seen getting off of a bus at Fulton and Division. Hours later someone found her purse on the walkway near the Grand River outside the Ford Museum. Her body was found last month in the Grand River.

 

Her sister and legal guardian, Pamela Robinson, and her husband, Curtis, talk with Health Reporter Valerie Lego about their Emerging Hope Family Strengthening Program in Kalamazoo.

 

There is a forum this Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 12 p. m. to 4 p. m. at the Kalamazoo Public Library’s downtown branch. The forum is for people and families living with mental health issues.

 

Click on the link to view the televison interview -http://www.wzzm13.com/story/news/local/2015/04/16/mental-health-medicare/25882415/?fb_ref=Default

 

 

Panel Discussion

“Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.”

In collaboration with the WMU MLK Celebration month, Emerging HOPE hosted its third annual panel discussion entitled: “Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.”

 

Emerging HOPE Forum

 January 2013

A panel of human human service professionals consisting of:
Daniel Cunningham, Pastor of Greater Faith Empowerment Center, Math Professor at Kalamazoo Valley Community College

 

Merry Battles, Founder/CEO Merry Battles Counseling Center
Mollie Peterson, Department of Human Services Teen Specialist
Marida Little, Social Work Student at Western Michigan University
Paul Frazier, Founder/CEO International Profyle Barbershop, Founder/CEO

 

The Fishin’ Weather Project
Jeno Williams, Youth Specialist at Kalamazoo Juvenile Home

offered their opinions and advice on understanding relationships patterns in minority families, how distal risks factors create difficulties for urban families ability to provide adequately for and prepare their children to function optimally in society and in what ways do these distal factors constrict opportunities for upward mobility and contribute to the growth of an intergenerational transmission of membership within the urban underclass?


The cutting-edge discussion was held on Monday, January 23, from 6-8pm at Greater Faith Empowerment Center 5805 Oakland Drive Portage, MI.

EMERGING HOPE COMMUNITY FORUM

 

WHAT CAUSES MULTI-GENERATIONAL POVERTY AND WELFARE DEPENDENCE?

January 2009

    

This web based class examines the root causes of multi-generational poverty and welfare dependence.  How Patterns of Thought and Social Interactions are Believed to Cause Chronic Poverty to Persist? What is Generational vs. Situational Poverty?


The Hidden Rules of Class, How to Begin to Break Multi-Generational Poverty Through Direct Instruction and Mentoring

 

According to the United States Census, poverty in the U.S. is at an all-time high, consisting of 43.6 million people who make up 14.3 percent of the population. When Bill Clinton, responding to conservative propaganda that poor people want a handout, changed the public assistance program to encourage work as the path for poor people to rise as a class, the ethos was that people are in such condition because they refuse to work The thought has resonated among a class and culture of people most discriminated against in the U.S., African Americans. Further, the residual of each of these realities has produced generational poverty where only a few are able to emerge and compete in mainstream America

Youth for Christ Mentoring Presentation

March 2012

 

OBJECTIVE – Mentors gained a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty. Mentors gained an understanding on how to more effectively work with urban youth.

 

The discussion included:


How Patterns of Thought and Social Interactions are Believed to Cause Chronic Poverty to Persist?
What is Generational vs. Situational Poverty
The Hidden Rules of Class
How to Begin to Break Multi-Generational Poverty Through Direct Instruction and Mentoring.

 

 

According to the United States Census, poverty in the U.S. is at an all-time high, consisting of 43.6 million people who make up 14.3 percent of the population. When Bill Clinton, responding to conservative propaganda that poor people want a handout, changed the public assistance program to encourage work as the path for poor people to rise as a class, the ethos was that people are in such condition because they refuse to work.


The thought has resonated among a class and culture of people most discriminated against in the U.S., African Americans. Further, the residual of each of these realities has produced generational poverty where only a few are able to emerge and compete in mainstream America.

Catholic Family Services Youth Advisory Board

March 2012

 

OBJECTIVE – The Youth Advisory Board and mentors gained a deeper understanding of the root causes of poverty.

 

The discussion included:
How Patterns of Thought and Social Interactions are Believed to Cause Chronic Poverty to Persist?
What is Generational vs. Situational Poverty
The Hidden Rules of Class
How to Begin to Break Multi-Generational Poverty Through Direct Instruction and Mentoring

 

 

According to the United States Census, poverty in the U.S. is at an all-time high, consisting of 43.6 million people who make up 14.3 percent of the population. When Bill Clinton, responding to conservative propaganda that poor people want a handout, changed the public assistance program to encourage work as the path for poor people to rise as a class, the ethos was that people are in such condition because they refuse to work.


The thought has resonated among a class and culture of people most discriminated against in the U.S., African Americans. Further, the residual of each of these realities has produced generational poverty where only a few are able to emerge and compete in mainstream America.

April 2012 

 

A panel of human service professionals (Latashia May, Founder and CEO Women of Worth Mentoring Program, Alice Sigfrids, President and CEO of Galaxy Training, LLC and Demarra Gardner Change Agent Consulting President/Lead Consultant) offered their opinions and advice on understanding relationships patterns in minority families, how distal risks factors create difficulties for urban families ability to provide adequately for and prepare their children to function optimally in society, how these risk and may compromise the ability of families to protect their children adequately, and in what ways do these distal factors constrict opportunities for upward mobility and contribute to the growth of an intergenerational transmission of membership within the urban underclass?

 

 

Despite the enhanced risks associated with their social and familial contexts, many urban African American families maintain high levels of functional competency and raise healthy, competent children. Panelist will discuss the question infrequently asked: what makes these families better able to cope with the debilitating stresses to which they and their children are exposed?


Purpose: To show how resiliency, compassion, and loving, safe environments can be found in challenging situations.

 

Audience Members:
Gained insight into what makes urban families resilient despite challenging obstacles.


Learned about factors that contributing to the resiliency of children.
Learned how to building confidence in children.

 

Outcomes are available our Emerging HOPE website at www.emerging-hope.com.

Resilenant Youth

Project Connect Participate


Project Connect Participant

 

January 2008 – December 2010

Pamela participated on multidisciplinary team of expert planning professionals from Kalamazoo County to foster community education, engagement, and empowerment in relation to a range of challenges faced by improvised community members. The committee addressed the issues of social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design. We focused our energies on localities with a demonstrated need for assistance, where planning resources and expertise may not otherwise be available. I was responsible for coordinating parenting programs to participate with Project Connect. Project Connect is collaboration between the Kalamazoo area government agencies, community based service and faith-based organizations, and local businesses. Begun by the Local Initiatives Service Corporation / Affordable Housing Partnership in 2009 to reach the homeless population, Project Connect is currently targeted towards any area resident in need of the offered services.

Project Connect Kalamazoo County

Planning Committee Member (2008-2010) 

Project Connect Kalamazoo County

January 2008 – April 2012;  January 2013 – November 2013

 

Emerging HOPE hosted an interactive parenting education booth during Project Connect’s annual event. Parents were given educational information; shown an interactive power-point presentation entitle “Poverty is More than a Lack of Money;” offered free summer camp scholarships; and informed of Emerging HOPE’s services.

 

Camp Day Out Event

 

 

March 2013

 

Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program hosted a free “Camp Day Out” event on March 23 at the Kalamazoo Public Library Van Duesen Room. The purpose of the event was to inform urban families with youth (ages 5-18) of camping opportunities that are available to their children. This 4th Annual family friendly event consisted of on-site camp registration, free summer camp scholarships, music, door prizes, face painting, opportunities to make books, and other fun activities. Parents and youth met one-on-one with camp directors from an array of camps including Pretty Lake Vacation Camp, Indian Trails Camp, Kalamazoo Book Arts Center Boys and Girls Club, Beechpoint Christian Camp, West Michigan Glass Society, Sherman Lake Camp, Camp Wakeshma and many more. There where hands-on interactive activities for the youth. One of the youth’s favorite activities was when Mr. Jeff, Director of the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, taught them children how to make and bind books their own books.

One parent said during the event: “The camp scholarship program is such a blessing. I am a single parent without extra money to be able to afford to send my child to camp. I am so grateful that you offered me the scholarship. I really wanted my child to have something I never had, something that would really impact her life.” — Deion, Emerging H.O.P.E. scholarship recipient camp parent.


 

Panel Discussion – “Urban Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.”

January 2013

 

Emerging HOPE Panel Discussion Committee Members 2013

 

In collaboration with the WMU MLK Celebration month Emerging HOPE Family Strengthening Program hosted a panel discussion entitled: “Urban Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children.” Pastor Mike Larkins, Direct Response Worker at the Kalamazoo Deacons Conference, Sherry Thomas-Cloud, form Kalamazoo County Department of Human Services Director, Reverend Sandra Douglas, Associate Minister at Westwood United Methodist Church, Patrick Naswell, Executive Director Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative, Reverend Denise Poise, former Pastor of Immanuel Christian Reformed Church, and Pastor Micheal T. Scott, Senior Pastor of Galilee Baptist Church were the distinguished panelist.

 

The panelist offered their opinions and advice on how some urban under-resourced children are able maintain high levels of academic and social competency despite dysfunctional homes, behavior problems, early academic difficulties to more insidious and debilitating problems, such as early initiation into substance use and abuse, delinquency, school failure and dropout, adolescent parenthood, and early violent death.

 

We have summarized the dialogue on emotional development and resilience of African American children and youth, with special attention to emotional regulation, self-esteem, competence and efficacy, and perspective taking as individual protective factors.

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