The Kaleidoscope Community Services board and volunteers are made of of people of varied ages, political views, religious convictions, community involvement, dreams, hopes and desires. We are men and women from a variety of different backgrounds, economic status, churches, and vocations. We are big and small, rich and poor, old and young, male and female, introverted and extroverted, and everything in between- you can't put 'us' in a box!
The things we hold in common are: We desire to serve God by actively loving and serving the poor and voiceless of our community, we desire to have a comfortable and loving place where those of meager means feel welcomed, we desire to be a part of creating solutions for homelessness in our community, we desire to be a catalyst for churches and community organizations working together for meeting the needs of the poor, and we desire to enjoy ourselves doing it!
Since 2013, over 350 volunteers from over 30 different churches and many different local organizations have joined with Kaleidoscope to serve our local community!
Gar Mickelson started Kaleidoscope Community Services in 2013 after earning a Masters Degree in Ministry Leadership through George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Gar is a recorded (ordained) pastor with Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Church. Gar's ministerial career has included being a youth pastor, Bible teacher, developer of numerous local outreach programs, consulting with numerous churches around the Northwest regarding local outreach development, leading many retreats, workshops, and youth camps, and currently as the Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Community Services. Gar and his wife Vicki have been married since 1980 and have two grown children and five grand children (who he loves to spoil!). Gar loves boating, reading, camping, being with kids and grand kids, and studying how to make local communities better. Gar has a passion to serve the poor and to bring local churches together to engage in common local missions.
Vicki Mickelson is a Coeur d'Alene native who met her husband Gar at Coeur d' Alene High School back in 1977. Vicki is a bookkeeper and provides services for a number of independent accounts. Vicki loves to read, cook, camp, pick huckleberries, and especially loves to spoil her grandchildren! Vicki has been actively involved in ministry with her husband Gar for the last 25 years, playing crucial behind-the-scenes roles in numerous ministries.
Jim Lawson is a Coeur d' Alene native and has a wide and varied career that has included construction, independent trucking, and professional wild life photography. Jim came to work for Kaleidoscope Community Services as a Peer Support Specialist in June of 2018. Jim had been working directly with street homeless persons at the 2nd Street Commons and was badly injured when he was struck by a car. He’s currently in rehab and working towards coming back to the Commons as soon as possible. He is greatly missed! Jim loves spending time alone outdoors taking pictures of wild life, which he sells professionally. Jim loves to fish and camp, read, learn new things, play music, and help those in need. Jim and his wife, Reba, live in Hayden, Idaho.
Joy was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Idaho in 2010 with her family. Wife to Stephen and mom to six kids, she spends most of her days homeschooling all of them. In her spare time, she assists families with children who have special needs access support services in Northern Idaho. She enjoys dancing, quiet dinners out with her husband and gardening.
Scott Poorman grew up in Northern California where he enjoyed surfing, mountain biking and other outdoor activities. He attended Humboldt State University where he met and married the love of his life, Janet. After graduating with a BS degree in Environmental Resources Engineering, Scott and Janet moved to Moscow, Idaho, where he attended the University of Idaho College of Law. During law school, Scott interned with the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund in San Francisco and worked on the Exxon Valdez oil spill litigation with the United States Department of Justice in Seattle. After earning his law degree in 1992, Scott and Janet moved to Coeur d’Alene to start a family and build a life together.
Janet Poorman was born in Northern California, moved to the Pacific Northwest when she was 7, and lived in Pullman, WA, until she returned to California to attend Humboldt State University. She graduated in 1988 with a BS in Molecular Biology. After graduation, she married the love of her life, Scott Poorman. Scott and Janet moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID, in 1992, and have been married almost 29 years. Volunteering in service to her local community has always been important to her, and Janet is deeply passionate about addressing the needs of the underserved in Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas.
Diego started working with homeless about 8 years ago in California. Around that time he and his wife, Christine, started having services at retirement homes and going into the Juvenile Hall where he became a volunteer chaplain. They then became official Youth Pastors for about two years before moving up to Coeur d'Alene, ID where they started Garden Of Christ Ministries. Diego is the senior Pastor there and is also the head Chaplain at Union Gospel Mission in Coeur d'Alene.
Christina Rodriguez has 12 years of ministry experience with her husband Diego. During that time she gained valuable experience working in multi-faceted street outreach ministries in the Sacramento, California area and in Coeur d’Alene. Currently Christina and Diego co-pastor a church in Coeur d’Alene called ‘Garden of Christ Ministries’. Christina’s professional background includes office administrative and case management responsibilities. Christina loves and diligently serves her family which includes her husband Diego and five children ranging in age from 12-20 years old. Christina loves cooking, arts and crafts, photography, and co-writing songs with her husband.
Levi graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Idaho. He now works as a project manager at a commercial and industrial construction company, providing oversight for multi-million dollar projects to keep them on schedule and within budget. Levi co-leads a community group through Anthem Church and serves on the greeting team for Anthem’s Coeur d’Alene campus, helping to reach the lost in the downtown area. Levi lives in Coeur d’Alene with his wife, Mattea, and their two dogs.
A Montana native, Mattea moved to Idaho to study management and human resources at the University of Idaho. She now works in a business management position with a mid-sized Coeur d’Alene law firm. Mattea is also actively involved in Anthem Church as a volunteer and a community group co-leader. As a Christian, she believes that she is part of a global church body called to serve those in need. Mattea lives in Coeur d’Alene with her husband, Levi, and their two dogs.
Tyler is a native of Idaho, born and raised in Coeur d' Alene. He now resides in Denver, CO where he teaches freshman biology.
Stephen was born in Indiana, and moved to North Idaho in 1994. He then spent 13 years in Central New York, where he graduated Bible School, and met the love of his life, Joy. Their first years together were as youth pastors in a small church outside of Syracuse NY. 5 kids later, they decided to move back to Idaho to be closer to his extended family. Since then, they have been blessed with one more child. Stephen has worked a number of jobs through his career, and is currently a full time real estate agent, specializing in helping first time home buyers achieve their dream of home ownership.