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Who We Are

Chosen Family of Michigan exists to provide advocacy and support services to the LGBTQ+ community. This is done by fighting for inclusive policies, educating the community at large to foster understanding and acceptance to empower our allies to take action, and providing LGBTQ+ youth with services to combat LGBTQ+ youth homelessness. We also work with various community partners to connect all members of the LGBTQ+ community to counseling, health and legal services.


The term "chosen family" is an important part of queer identities and culture. When facing a lack of acceptance at home, many LGBTQ+ people create their own families through friends, mentors and the community as a whole. Chosen Family of Michigan wants to be a support system for those who feel isolated, unaccepted, or unable to live authentically. 

Chosen Family of Michigan was established in 2022 by Rickie Kreuzer and a former Co-Director at a Kalamazoo-based LGBTQ+ nonprofit. Kreuzer's background in management and LGBTQ+ policy in partnership with a diverse and experienced Board of Directors, make them the perfect team to advocate on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community and provide them with support services to fulfill our vision of creating "a Michigan that uplifts the LGBTQ+ community through equity, understanding & opportunity."

Chosen Family of Michigan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.

Our Team

Our Executive Director manages the day-to-day operations and management of the organization. In addition to our experienced and passionate team, we are fortunate to have many community partners and volunteers. If you are interested in joining our team as a partner or volunteer, please contact us!

Our Board

Our Board of Director's provides governance to the organization. Our Board is made up of passionate volunteers who support the work of the organization. They represent a variety of demographics & professional expertise.


Board Officers

President: Rickie Kreuzer | he.him.his

Vice President: Jesús Chavez he.him.his

Secretary: Olivia Bennett | she.her.hers

Treasurer: Benjamin Rozemahe.him.his


Board Members At-Large

Joseph McClusky | he.him.his

Jaclyn Richards | she.her.hers

Lyza Ballard she.they.theirs

Annual Report to the Community

Here you find our Annual Reports for each year. This is a great way to stay up to date on our activities as well as review our financial position. 


Annual Report: 2022 - Planting Seeds

Annual Report: 2023 - Growing Together

Annual Report: 2024 - Community Gardens

(Coming May 2025)

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