A woman wearing military camo is sitting on the ground holding a service dog. In the background is the United States flag.

EMERGENCY HELP: If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the ISK Access Center at (269) 373-6000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (ask for Emergency Mental Health or EMH).

Veteran Navigator Services

Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) in Kalamazoo County can access Veteran Navigator services to get expert knowledge about organizations and services available to them. The Veteran Navigator identifies resources and connects SMVF to services based on their unique and specific needs.

Referrals and follow-up support are available within Kalamazoo County for:

• Mental Health
• Medical
• Dental
• Veteran Benefits

• Education
• Employment
• Housing

Contact ISK’s Veteran Navigator Juan M. Gonzalez, MSgt (RET), (269) 548-9304 or jgonzalez@iskzoo.org

Juan Gonzalez is the Veteran Navigator for Integrated Services of Kalamazoo standing by a wall with banners that read "wester Michigan" and military metals.

Meet ISK’s Veteran Navigator, Juan Gonzalez

Juan M. Gonzalez is the Veteran Navigator for Integrated Services of Kalamazoo. In his duties, he is the community outreach contact for military service members, veterans, and their families in Kalamazoo County. He can assist with housing, health, employment, education, mental health, jail diversion, and other areas, using local and state resources. Juan is active in veteran programs such as the Veteran Engagement Teams, Suicide Prevention and Lethal Means, Gryphon Place Community Engagement, and other organizations.

Master Sergeant Gonzalez retired from the Michigan Air National Guard/United States Air Force on July 31, 2018, after 27 years of honorable military service. He has been deployed to Shiekh Isa Air Base, Bahrain (twice); Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq; and Al Dharfa Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

Veteran Services News

Kalamazoo County Veterans Service Office: New and Extended Services Available

Learn how you can access food vouchers, gas cards, emergency housing assistance, utility assistance, plus help with filling a propane tank, pumping a septic tank, and more.

Click here for more information. Visit the website at kalcounty.com/hcs/veterans.

A photo of the house for Keystone Veterans
Keystone Veteran Transitional House

422 E. Stockbridge; Kalamazoo, MI 49001

(269) 443-2191

Keystone Veteran Transitional House Now Open

  • There are more than 76 homeless veterans in Kalamazoo County.
  • These men and women deserve our respect and help.
  • They put their lives on the line to defend our freedom.

Keystone Veteran Transitional House (KVTH) opened on July 22, 2020.  KVTH is a 12-bed shelter for homeless military service veterans, with two beds and one room specifically for female veterans.  Individuals accepted into the KVTH program are connected with housing resources in the Kalamazoo County area as well as the Battle Creek VA. Visit Keystone on Facebook at facebook.com/keystone4vets!

If you or someone you know is a homeless military service veteran, please contact KVTH at (269)443-2191 or ISK Veteran Navigator Juan Gonzalez at (269) 548-9304.

KEYSTONE VETERAN TRANSITIONAL HOUSE:

Open House 2020

ISK held a virtual celebration of the opening of the Keystone Veteran Transitional House in 2020.

The video features Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer; David Anderson (ISK’s Director of Housing; Member of Kalamazoo County Public Housing Commission; Mayor of Kalamazoo); Michael Seals (Vice-Chair, Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners); Jeff Patton (ISK’s Chief Executive Officer); Joseph Williams (Veteran and Keystone Resident); Edward Russell (Veteran and Keystone Resident); and Tyrone Thrash (Keystone Housing Coordinator)