Welcome to the DCA
Over 100 Years of Service
Ensuring quality opportunities for the families on the Northside of Kalamazoo.
Youth ages 12-18 years old are welcome during the week, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., to participate in a variety of programming. Meals are provided. No fee.
Douglass offers its facility to the entire community. It is available to hold meetings, receptions, social gatherings, and other special events.
Douglass Community Center is home to eight amazing organizations that offer programming, resources, and support to Kalamazoo residents.
What we do for KZOO
Providing Direct Services
DCA has many partnerships to provide essential services such as healthcare, education, and housing to marginalized families.
Advocacy and Policy Change
The DCA advocates for policy changes that address the root causes of issues faced by our neighborhood and marginalized families.
At the DCA we help build the capacity of local organizations and leaders within the community center to cater to Northside neighborhood families.
DCA helps bring stakeholders of neighboring communities together to address common issues and advocate for change for youth, families & policy.
The Douglass Community Association supports economic development initiatives that create jobs and increase access to resources in underserved communities.
Relief and Emergency Service
The DCA can provide emergency services and support in the aftermath of crises that disproportionately affect Northside Kalamazoo residents.
To create a culture of equity and inclusion that transforms the lives of Northside residents and beyond through effective, efficient and quality opportunities.
Girls Inventing Real Life Solutions (G.I.R.L.S.) is not a program, it’s a movement! Created by the DCA, G.I.R.L.S. works with girls (ages 13-16) to provide a safe space to explore restoring their voice and their power and to evolve from feeling like life happens to them.
Young Men of Promise (YMOP) was created by the Douglass Community Association to address the impact of systemic racism on young African American men and their ability to prepare for academic and/or career opportunities.
NAACP securing political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Hours at DCA are: Monday and Friday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and Wednesday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Momentum (Urban Alliance) with a unique blend of life skills, essential skills and employment readiness skills, Momentum gets to the root of what causes job loss and develops with traits that employers crave.
“I am proud to say that I am a product of the Douglass Community Association.”
We got a new scoreboard It’s been a long time coming, we want to thank our partners Advia Credit Union and Consumers Energy. We also want to send a special shout out to our Operations Manager Jonathan Yarbrough for spearheading this initiative!
Get In Touch
Get In Touch
1000 W PATERSON ST
KALAMAZOO, MI 49007
M-W: 8AM – 8PM