1986~ The Kalamazoo Foundation works with Community Members to incorporate an agency called DCD--Disadvantaged Citizens of Downtown.

1991~ DCD Changes its name to "Living Ways, Inc."

1995~ Living Ways acquires another non-profit called "Options for Community Living".This brought the addition of supported living for individuals previously living in nursing homes.

1996~ Living Ways affiliates with "Hope Network" and absorbs the dayprogram, which is now known as the Alcott Center.

1998~ Living Ways changes its name to "Hope Network South" after merger with Sturgis, MI company "ARCH".

2005~ Hope Network South terminated supported living contract with Kalamazoo CMH, and transferred assets to "Community Living Options".

2006~ Community Living Options (previously known as Living Ways) officially takes over the remaining business that Hope Network South had in Kalamazoo County. While a portion of the business remained with Hope Network, the parties involved felt that the values of this community would be best served today and in the future with this change.

2013~ Community Living Options continues its long-time relationship with the Living Ways Foundation and My Own Home. CLO employs 165 staff and has a budget of just over 4 million dollars.

We are grateful to all of the wonderful individuals who have helped this agency grow and survive, especially Steve Denenfeld, Dan Conklin, Laurie Jefsen, and George Martin.


CLO would like to recognize and thank the sponsors of our successful 30th Anniversary Celebration!!

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Deborah Dawson