Connection Point

Imagine that you don’t belong.

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.

Rachael Austin

Rachael Austin

Director of Connection Point

Ways to Serve

Volunteers at Connection Point serve in a few different ways. One of which is respite. Respite is providing care for a family’s loved one for any amount of time. Our desire is that through providing respite, families can rest, exercise, and potentially have an opportunity to bond with other family members they may not otherwise have the option to see.

Another way volunteers at Connection Point can serve is through connection groups as well as on outings. Volunteers are available to assist with communication and additional needs specific to the participants, but also to engage in activities. We desire for connection groups to be an inclusive opportunity for everyone to build genuine friendships.


Do You Need Respite?

Respite is care provided for a loved one with a disability. This gives caregivers and family members the opportunity to rest, exercise, spend time with family, or otherwise engage their world.

Who qualifies?

All people. We desire to provide respite for all who are in need.

If you would like to inquire about receiving respite services, please fill out the form below. One of our team members will contact your family, and will continue with our intake process. This process involves questions regarding needs and behaviors, as well as what brings joy to your loved one and how we can best serve you.

Friendship Groups

A connection group is a place of friendship and belonging. It is where we build relationships, laugh together, and find community. They are events where those who share common interests can spend time together and connect. We do this with willing volunteers, as well as inviting others (of all abilities) to join these groups. What we know is that everyone can use a friend, and we are not meant to do life alone.

If you or a loved one are interested in joining a connection group, please fill out the form below or email Rachael Austin at Either Rachael or another member of our team will be in contact with you.

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