The Stuart Area Restoration Association is pleased to announce that we have appointed a new Executive Director,Ms.Sarah Hoisington.
Sarah has already proven herself as an asset to SARA through the hard work she put in to the 2014 Neighborhood Survey and acting as interim Executive Director during a period in 2013-2014.
Ms.Hoisington will assume duties the week of May 17,2015.

Dear Community Partners,

We are excited to announce the launch of , a new website where the public can connect and collaborate with local decision makers and other residents on the future of our community.  Priority Based Budgeting is a featured topic for the Imagine Kalamazoo website in which community members will be asked to allocate $1000 towards the community results that are most important to them, describe what they love about this city and what they would like to see improved, and offer exciting big ideas to consider.

Your input is important!  By participating in Priority Based Budgeting, community members will have direct influence on determining the overall priority and relevance of the city's programs. Your "investment" of $1000 in the budget exercise helps the city realize which results are most important, and further guides the process of prioritizing the services offered by the city.  Following the initial budget exercise that will run through April, there will be additional on-line and in-person opportunities for input leading up to the development of the 2016 budget in the fall.

Please help us spread the word about with your community members and partners by forwarding this email, or by copying this link into an email of your own. If you do pass on this information, let us know how many people you contacted so we can keep track of our outreach numbers.

The City of Kalamazoo is excited to have you join in on the conversation! Please let us know if you would like to talk about Priority Based Budgeting at your next organizational meeting or have your group participate in the budget exercise, and we can follow-up with you to make it happen.  If you have any questions about Imagine Kalamazoo or Priority Based Budgeting, please contact Amanda at or at 269-337-8044.

Stuart Neighborhood association is thrilled to announce two free preservation workshops being offered in March of this year, one of which, Window Rehabilitation, will be right here in Kalamazoo. These workshops are intended for people with some experience in the trades.

Applications must be received by: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.  
Space is limited. Trainees will be chosen by Friday, March 13th, 2015.
A waiting list will be kept.


For more information on both workshops being offered, please click on the link HERE.

The Stuart Area Restoration Association is seeking qualified candidates for a salaried part-time Executive Director to work with SARA board members, residents, city staff, and others to maintain and enrich the quality of life in the historic Stuart neighborhood. A combination of formal education, experience, and non-profit leadership is required.

The position description is available here.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume by Monday, February 23, 2015 to