KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Considering hard economic times in Michigan, the head of a Kalamazoo crisis center Monday expressed both "surprise and gratitude" to a group of area credit unions for extending a $2,500 grant to his agency that wound up administering services to CU employees after a spate of robberies.

"It's not often we receive this kind of money in this form and let me tell you even a small amount means a lot, especially right now," said Bill Pell, the executive director of Gryphon Place, a nonprofit providing trauma counseling support to individuals and business.

The $2,500 was handed over to Gryphon Place earlier this month by the Kalamazoo Chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League in a gesture of thanks since Gryphon Place has recently become "a partner to credit unions in the wake" of robberies, said John Sink, chapter chair and president/CEO of the $71 million Allegis CU of Kalamazoo.

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