For 47 years the Portage Community Center has been the only human services organization in the City of Portage. We help Portage residents with emergency assistance, youth development as well as several hosted programs. It is our goal to Make Life Better for those in our community!


Chris Buckley
Executive Director

Liz Gunnett

Jeralee Kunkee
Emergency Assistance Coordinator

Kirk Lowis
Youth Development Manager

Dean Matthews
Youth Development Coordinator

Gloria Perkins

James Vallar

Larry Lowis

Please note our closing policy. If Western Michigan University or Kalamazoo Valley Community College close due to inclement weather, Portage Community Center will also be closed. This includes all hosted services, food pantry and clothing bar. All closing notifications will be broadcast on WWMT Channel 3.

Board of Directors

Kurt Lentner

Joel Kushner
President Elect

Lissa Adams

Dave Jewell

Ben Cohen
Past President 

Board Members

Jennifer Alfieri
Sidney Bailey IV
Brian Ball
Jason Cape
Helen Driver
Erica Eklov
Erin Geschwendt
Josh Goodlock
Brian Kaufman
Jeff Porter
Collin Rosenbaum
Jim Spurr
Chris Stys
Mahsa Teachman
Craig VanDyke

Portage City Council Board Liaison

Lori Knapp