About Meristem

  • A friendly and fun atmosphere.
  • Many new energy efficiency renovations including new high efficiency furnaces, new high efficiency water heater, new storms and screens, water softener, and more.
  • Common dining room and living room with a piano!
  • Off-street parking, bike parking
  • Wireless high-speed internet included… Laundry facilities
  • Access to collective goodies like books, piano, art supplies, office supplies, tools
  • Close to downtown Kalamazoo, Near Metro Transit bus system
  • Access to scholarship money for conferences and training
  • Membership at Meristem is open to everyone. The first step if you're interested is to fill out a free online application
  • Good food! Staple foods are available to members for all meals
  • All members are collectively responsible for the well-being of the house.
  • Collective, consensus decision-making conflict resolution CCC.
  • Group budgeting and financial decisions.
  • Always working to reducing our "ecological footprint" -- reducing waste, efficient use of resources, reducing dependence on nonrenewable resources, creating a healthy and nontoxic living environment.
  • Sharing skills and knowledge (ex: gardening, cooking, repair and maintenance, etc.).
  • Opportunities to participate in anti-racism training and critical cultural competency work with local nonprofit ERAC/CE.
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from co-op members around the country through organizations like NASCO.
  • An emphasis on affordable living.

 
 

What to expect when you live at Meristem

KCH has been the place where I’ve formed the best, most fulfilling relationships of my life – based on respect, humility, honesty, and fun.
— former Meristem member

  • Good food! Staple foods are available to members for all meals
  • All members are collectively responsible for the well-being of the house.
  • Collective, consensus decision-making conflict resolution CCC.
  • Group budgeting and financial decisions.
  • Always working to reducing our "ecological footprint" -- reducing waste, efficient use of resources, reducing dependence on nonrenewable resources, creating a healthy and nontoxic living environment.
  • Sharing skills and knowledge (ex: gardening, cooking, repair and maintenance, etc.).
  • Opportunities to participate in anti-racism training and critical cultural competency work with local nonprofit ERAC/CE.
  • Opportunities to connect with and learn from co-op members around the country through organizations like NASCO.
  • An emphasis on affordable living.
  • A friendly and fun atmosphere
 

responsibilities of members

Meristem members are committed to regular duties that are listed below. New members should expect to contribute 6 hours per week to a combination of responsibilities, examples include:

  • Prompt payment of monthly charges
  • House meetings every week
  • Cooking dinner
  • Cleaning and chores
  • House purchasing, event planning, treasurer

Cost

Cost is $453 per month and includes lease, utilities, food, internet, trash/recycle/compost service, water and common supplies (toilet paper, cleaning supplies, paper towels, etc). There is a one-time refundable security deposit equal to one month's rent.
 
 

We strive to be an inclusive community that welcomes all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, or spirituality. Together, we work toward dismantling oppression in our lives and communities.