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about us

Gryphon Place began as a youth drug drop-in center called Gryphon House in 1970. We launched an  overdose aid drug information line, which later became the current helpline 269-381-HELP. Between 1980 and 2000, 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. 

Today, we are the leading agency for suicide prevention in the area and we continue to offer several suicide prevention resources, including 9-8-8, The Gatekeeper Program, and Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group (SOS). Gryphon Place is part of the statewide 2-1-1 information and referral system, which connects people to a variety of resources, including housing or utility payment assistance. We are the local volunteer center for Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties. We also offers Restorative Practices services.

our mission

To make connections to resources, nurture healing and resiliency, and promote restorative justice for people in conflict and crisis.

our vision

An empowered and thriving community where everyone has the resources and support they need.

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core values

Antiracism & Antioppression Commitment

We promise to actively combat racism and oppression, serve with integrity, and demonstrate accountability.

Equity & Access

We ensure equitable access to resources and opportunities for all.


We serve diverse communities through advocacy, collaboration, partnerships, and transformational leadership.

Compassion & Dignity

We treat everyone with compassion, understanding, and respect because our work is rooted in empathy, kindness, and care.


We value being a diverse, collaborative, supportive, and equitable place for all.

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