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Courtesy image / Small Talk

Neighbors in Action this week looks at an organization working to help victims of child abuse navigate the criminal justice process. We speak with Small Talk executive director Alex Brace and Detective Shannon Thielen from the Lansing Police Department.


Pop-Up Stories: MICA Gallery

Mar 7, 2016
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Katie Wittenauer / Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at MSU

Listen to the full line up of storytellers from Pop-Up Stories event at the MICA gallery in Old Town on March 3rd, 2016. 


Tresa Bonds Habitat for Humanity photo
Courtesy photo / Tresa Bonds

For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we learn about Habitat for Humanity with Vicki Hamilton-Allen, executive director of Habitat in the Capital region, and Tresa Bonds, whose family of seven is preparing to move into their Habitat for Humanity home.


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Courtesy photo / Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center

Adults who suffer traumatic brain injuries require extensive medical care as well as support and encouragement along the road to recovery. For this week’s Neighbors in Action, we speak with the executive director of Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center about the non-profit’s interdisciplinary approach to caring for patients.


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Flickr/surroundsound5000

Though health insurance has become easier for many people to obtain, there are still some for whom healthcare is hard to access. Carefree Medical provides medical, dental, optometry and behavioral health care to uninsured and underinsured patients of Greater Lansing.


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Eboné Worthey / Energizing Education

We’ve talked about the importance of literacy on Current State before, but there’s a relatively new organization we haven’t yet heard from. Energizing Education was created to ensure all children in Jackson County are reading at or above grade level by the 4th grade. We speak with Program Manager Kriss Giannetti about the creative ways they help kids become strong readers.


Operation Homefront photo
Courtesy photo / Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront is a non-profit offering veterans and their families the recovery and relief they need and the recognition they deserve. That's our Neighbors in Action focus this week.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Volunteers of America-Michigan specializes in providing services for the homeless in the Lansing area.  Tonight, VOA staff will take to the streets to count the city’s homeless numbers and offer their help. Current State talks with VOA executive vice-president Patrick Patterson about the agency’s annual “Point In Time Count.”

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Courtesy photo / Ramone Williams

College is hard enough already, but imagine trying to get your degree while worrying about things like your next meal and where you’re going to sleep. That was the reality for EMU student Ramone Williams until the community pulled together to support him. We talk to Williams and the woman who created the campaign to help him out, Victoria-Burton Harris.


Capital Area Literacy Coalition photo
Courtesy photo / Capital Area Literacy Coalition

According to the Census Survey taken in 2012, twenty percent of adults in the Greater Lansing area are functionally illiterate. The Capital Area Literacy Coalition is a non-profit working to change that number. Our Neighbors in Action conversation this week is with Executive Director Dr. Lois Bader and volunteer Col. John Leask about the organization.


Neighbors in Action: Meals on Wheels

Jan 13, 2016
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Carl Buonodono / Meals on Wheels

Current State's Neighbors in Action segment this week features Meals on Wheels, a program that distributes food to seniors in the Lansing area.


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Courtesy photo / City Rescue Mission of Lansing

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing is a non-profit that strives to meet the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, and children struggling with homelessness in Michigan's capital area. Over the last year or so, they have made changes and expanded some of their services. Neighbors in Action this week is with Executive Director Mark Criss and Randy Barton, director of men’s ministries.


Neighbors in Action: Point West Art and Trail Project

Dec 23, 2015
Point West Art and Trail Project aerial view
Kimberly Dietzel / Michigan State University School of Planning Design and Construction

Our Neighbors in Action segment today focuses on several neighborhoods on the west side of Lansing, where a new public art and trail project is taking shape.


Josiah Price photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Spartan football player Josiah Price leads student athlete efforts to help those in need in the community. Current State guest host Sue Carter talks with Price about the work done by MSU athletes in the Lansing area.


Greater Lansing Food Bank photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Caring for the poor and hungry is a natural impulse for many people around the holidays. Food banks tend to be busy in December, moving product in and out. Here in mid-Michigan, the Greater Lansing Food Bank is confronting an issue facing many others across the country: more demand, yet fewer donations. Current State's Kevin Lavery speaks with executive director Joe Wald.


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