Encore February 2019

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A Wealth of Help

Gryphon Place aids in conflict, crisis and connections JORDAN BRADLEY

Brian Powers


On the front desk of Gryphon Place is a

statue of a griffin the size of a small house cat. In mythology, a griffin is a formidable beast with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle that symbolizes strength and valor and has been said to be a guardian of secretly buried wealth. It’s an appropriate mascot for this Kalamazoo County nonprofit, which is tucked quietly off of Stadium 26 | ENCORE FEBRUARY 2019

Drive, at 3245 S. 8th St. Inside the unassuming building is an organization with a big mission: connecting people and organizations to resolve conflict and crisis, foster volunteerism, and meet community needs. One way Gryphon Place does those things is through its 211 and 381-HELP call center. In addition, it offers mediation for middle and high school students struggling with bullying and interpersonal conflicts; educates

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