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‘Returned Citizen’ Turned Entrepreneur to Share Experiences Sept. 14

September 9, 2022

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Urban Alliance and Southwest Michigan First invite the public to a powerful evening with trailblazing entrepreneur and author Keidrain Brewster on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 6 p.m.

Brewster will share his compelling story of transformation from incarceration to successful business ownership at The Catalyst Center in The Warner Building, 180 E. Water Street, Kalamazoo. Admission is free; advance registration is requested.

After serving 13 years in prison, Brewster built his own trucking company and authored two books. “From the Rec Yard to the Streets” outlines lessons learned from his time in prison and how he applied those lessons upon release; “From the Streets to the Suites” tells the story of his journey to starting his own business and reaching the level of success he desired.

Brewster now focuses on using his trucking company to reduce the recidivism rate by inspiring returning citizens that have been touched by the system to take a new career path and advocating for educational tools in the penal system.

“We hope hearing Keidrain Brewster speak of his reformation and reinvention will inspire others looking to overcome barriers and help them step into success,” said Executive Director Chris Pompey.

“We also hope his story of hard work and perseverance will remind attendees, community members, and local business owners that transformation is possible,” Pompey said. “Mr. Brewster, like the individuals we serve at Urban Alliance, can overcome their past and contribute to our shared community.”

Since its founding in 1999, Urban Alliance has worked to provide marginalized individuals with the support and stability needed to overcome societal hurdles and break the cycle of generational poverty within Kalamazoo. Operating out of its 1009 E. Stockbridge Avenue location, Urban Alliance’s motto and purpose are to, “Communicate through our actions that we value every individual.”

After hearing Brewster speak, attendees will be encouraged to shift their mindset regarding marginalized individuals and get involved in supporting those in the process of redirecting their lives.

“Together, we can change individual lives and continue to strengthen the Kalamazoo community,” Pompey said.

To register for the Keidrain Brewster event, visit

To learn more about Urban Alliance, its offerings and services, or volunteer opportunities, visit, connect with the organization on Facebook, or call 269.348.0978.

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