Anywhere. Imagine that wherever you go, you are surrounded by people who are nothing like you. You are in a society where none of the systems are designed for you. You would feel isolated, lonely, and misunderstood. The problem is that while this may not be true for you, it is profoundly true for people with disabilities.
That is why we started Connection Point. Connection Point is a ministry of The Point Community Center associated with Centerpoint Church. The Point has the vision of bringing communities together. After we conducted a community survey, we learned that local residents desired a place to connect relationally, stay healthy through exercise, and learn more about the Bible without the intimidation factor of attending church. Connection Point was born from the same vision as many aspects of a traditional service make the church unreachable for many individuals with disabilities and their families.
Connection Point is creating a place for individuals with disabilities to foster genuine friendships, promote inclusion, and support their family members. It creates a place of belonging and connects families with already existing services in the city of Kalamazoo.
Furthermore, Connection Point strives to reform current church methodologies and ideologies—both systemically and practically—that may prevent or discourage complete participation in the church.
The desire for Connection Point is to provide respite, social engagement and opportunities for individuals with disabilities and their families.