History

1920
Helen L. Fox
Helen Fox was born during the roaring 20's, just a few years before the Great Depression. The second oldest of four, she left high school as a sophomore in order to get a job to help support her family. She married in her early 20's and raised three children, but always dreamed of completing her education.
 
1961
Kalamazoo
Helen and her family moved to Kalamazoo.
1970
Teaching and Learning
In 1970, at age 50, Helen earned her high school diploma. Helen taught community music lessons in the 1970’s at the Moss Piano Studio, and continued teaching for over 30 years at her home and in the homes of her students, enriching countless lives through lessons that extended beyond music, to faith, hope and love.
1972
Lee Honors College
In 1972, Helen was admitted to Western Michigan University’s Honors College, where she minored in music.
1995
A Witness and a Teacher
At 73 years old, Helen provided music lessons to students in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek each week. Every student was expected to pay something, sometimes as little as one dollar – she believed her students would value their lessons more if they paid.
2015
95 and Kept Going
Helen continued to spend her time in the neighborhoods of Kalamazoo, supporting community members and building relationships.
August, 2016
Helen L. Fox 1920-2016
Helen L. Fox, passed away on Sunday afternoon, August 14, 2016 at the age of 96. It is our goal to honor and extend her legacy of service through the Helen L. Fox Gospel Music Center (HLFGMC), where lessons in music and life will benefit generations to come.
October, 2016
Creating the Helen L. Fox Gospel Music Center
Helen L Fox Gospel Music Center began operations with four students in October 2016. Access to instruments is facilitated by HLFGMC. Families of students are expected to make a donation for each lesson.
2017 - Present
HLFGMC Flourishes
HLFGMC currently has served over 45 students since inception and continues to grow. Instructors serve as volunteers or staff and come from educational and religious institutions within the community.  

Help us Continue Helen's Legacy

The Helen L. Fox Gospel Music Center is an institution that took a lifetime to conceive.  Many children who come to us would never have had a chance to receive high-quality musical training at a young age.  With your support, we can grow this service to help us reach more children!