Our vision is to be a trusted ally in addressing life’s challenges.
In 1970, a group of people came together, incorporated as a non-profit, and started a youth drug drop-in center called Gryphon House. A Gryphon is a mythical creature that is often referred to as a “gatekeeper,” which is a person who can recognize when someone may be in crisis.
During the 1970s, Gryphon House started its overdose aid drug information line, which later became the helpline (269-381-HELP) for crisis intervention and information & referral services. The helpline is still in use today as our crisis intervention line. Gryphon House also changed its name to Gryphon Place, and the helpline became a 24/7 operation.
Between 1980 and 2000, Gryphon Place experienced a significant amount of growth. We became a suicide prevention center as certified by the American Association of Suicidology and implemented a youth suicide prevention curriculum in schools called The Gatekeeper Program. When the local Community Dispute Resolutions Services Center closed, it was absorbed into Gryphon Place.
Today, Gryphon Place serves the community in many ways. We are the leading agency for suicide prevention in the area, and we continue to offer several suicide prevention resources, including the 24/7 helpline, The Gatekeeper Program, and a survivors of suicide loss support group. Gryphon Place is part of the statewide 2-1-1 information & referral system, which connects people to a variety of resources, including housing or utility payment assistance. We are the local volunteer center for Kalamazoo and the Community Dispute Resolution Services Center for Kalamazoo, Barry, and Calhoun counties. We offer mediations on a sliding fee scale and a Restorative Practices program in schools as an alternative to punitive discipline, with a focus on keeping students in the classroom.
As we enter our 50th year, Gryphon Place still holds true to its original mission to help people in conflict and crisis, while also improving and enhancing our programs and services to best serve the community’s evolving needs.
Our Core Values
Our core values guide our behavior in everything we do through interactions with one another and the people and communities we serve.
They are the foundation on which we build our internal culture and overall model of service.
They tell others what is most important to us and what they can expect from our organization.
- We treat people we serve and each other with understanding, dignity, and respect.
- We are intentional in creating access to resources for all.
- We value being a diverse, collaborative, and equitable place for all.
- We serve our diverse communities through advocacy, collaborations, partnerships, and transformational leadership.
- We promise to serve with integrity, dedication, and accountability.