Douglass Community Association

We create a culture of equity and inclusion that transforms the lives of Northside residents and beyond through effective, efficient, and quality opportunities.

1000 West Paterson

About Douglass Community Association

The Douglass Community Association, named in honor of Frederick Douglass, founded in 1919 to address the social, recreational, and cultural needs of African American soldiers stationed at Fort Custer as well as their families returning to a segregated Kalamazoo from World War I. In 1964, the Douglass Community Association reorganized as a social service agency. Throughout its history, the Douglass has served the Northside neighborhood residents, as well as the greater Kalamazoo community, as a center of social, recreational, and community development activities. Douglass’ vision is to be a Center for diverse and inclusionary activities with exemplary services that empower the residents of the Northside and greater Kalamazoo communities to enhance their quality of life. Our belief is the uplifting of families through social, recreation, education, employment and training; all Kalamazoo youth, adults and families have the intellectual, physical and emotional supports needed to achieve full potential. The primary focus of the Douglass Community Association is on residents on the Northside of Kalamazoo.

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