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.
Kevin lives in Spokane, WA where he works as the Director of Account-Based Marketing for Ignitium. He has a BS in Entrepreneurship, a BA in English & Creative Writing from the University of Rochester, NY and a Associates degree in Business Administration from North Idaho College. He’s involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Spokane. His hobbies include fiction and nonfiction writing, playing music, and exploring record stores. Kevin is married to his wife of 10 years (!) Megan. He is also a dad, foster dad, and dog dad to a pack of wild boys he calls family.
Kurt was born and raised in Southern California but moved north to the gold rush area where he met his wife Cindy. They have been married for 33 years and have three children whom they moved to raise in Northern Nevada. He loves the outdoors and the mountains and lakes and he hikes and kayaks whenever he can. So, the Coeur d' Alene area was a great fit when they decided to move from Nevada after 25 years. He has spent his career in sales in the construction field. He has served in his local church in many ways including teaching youth and preteens, board member, janitor, men's ministries and well wherever there is a need! It is his heart to serve and share Jesus.
Cindy was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. Her husband Kurt and the family made a move to Northern Nevada in 1994. After 25 years and raising the three kids in a small town it was time for a change and they relocate to this area in 2019. She retired from General Electric after 23 years and is enjoying spending time with her family. She loves to travel and kayak. Most importantly she loves serving the Lord at her local church and in the community.
Tyler is a native of Idaho, born and raised in Coeur d' Alene. He now resides in Denver, CO where he teaches freshman biology.
Dan Lincoln has been in the excavation business for over 25 years, 10 of those running his own company. Dan has a heart for those that need a second chance to be successful in life and is excited to be part of Kaleidoscope.
Jennifer Lincoln has called Northern Idaho home for 25 years. She spent 10 years assisting her husband, Dan, run a successful excavation business. Jennifer holds a B.A. degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Western Washington University and currently works as a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant.
Wayne Morrison was born in Kellogg Idaho. He attended Kellogg High School where he met and eventually married his wife Susan Morrison. Wayne served 4 years in the US Navy. After leaving the service, he began his career with the US Postal Service working in office in both Washington and Idaho. While working full time, he earned his BA in information technology from the University of Phoenix. He retired as the Post Master of Sagal Post Office in 2018. Working in partnership with his wife of 37 years, Wayne has volunteered his time in support of many different church and charity events and coached various sports teams throughout out community.
Susan Morrison was born in Kellogg, Idaho. She attended Kellogg High School where she met and eventually married her husband Wayne Morrison. When their 4th child was 3 years old she returned to school at the University of Idaho CDA campus, and would graduate 3 years later. She began her teaching career in 2004 at Lakeland School District. After earning her masters in Educational Leadership from the U of I, she accepted her current position as Director of Special Programs at Lakeland School District in Rathdrum, Idaho. Throughout her life and career, Susan has worked to improve the lives of of undeserved children and families through her contacts with local and state agencies and her local church.