Author: Sarah Culton

12 Days of Giving: Jeff Kozinski

One of Jeff Kozinski’s favorite moments in his 23 years of teaching happened when one of his students broke down crying in front of him. The tears came when the student was working with Jeff on a project called Operation Christmas. As part of the project, the student made several […]

12 Days of Giving: Anjana Gupta

When Anjana Gupta met her little, she had no idea the ways it would change her life. “I’ve watched this little girl grow into a preteen,” says Anjana, a 36-year-old dentist from St. Joseph. “It’s been both terrifying and so great.” Anjana is a volunteer with Big Brothers and Big […]

12 Days of Giving: Kendra Hixenbaugh

Many newlyweds spend their first holiday season together baking pies for the family and creating their own traditions. However, Lieutenant Kendra Hixenbaugh and her new husband Joseph will be spending the season working hard to make sure Niles families are able to enjoy their holidays. Having just been married in […]

12 Days of Giving: Andy Janson

Andy Janson has always believed in helping others and addressing social issues. This is why when an opportunity arose in 2014 to work with United Way of Southwest Michigan, he jumped on it. “It’s a great place to be,” Andy says. “They do some incredible work.” Andy, 53, of St. […]

12 Days of Giving: Cheri Beck

A busy stay-at-home mother, Cheri Beck spends her days caring for other people, so it feels only natural to also spend her free time feeding hungry people throughout her community. Cheri, 39, of Stevensville, has been volunteering with the Benton Harbor Soup Kitchen for several years, a job she calls […]

12 Days of Giving: Jeff Neumann

Dowagiac insurance agent Jeff Neumann always has two things on the mind: ministry and service. Originally a youth pastor, Jeff joined the insurance business in order to spread more ministry in the community. It was then that he realized he could minister just as well if he stayed in his […]

SLR Pilates offers aerial yoga

Preparing for a pose, Nicole Kellogg, an instructor at SLR Pilates in Niles, takes a deep breath and leans backwards into a yoga position. Hanging upside down from a looped hammock attached to the ceiling, she is not doing regular yoga. She is taking part in aerial yoga, one of […]