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Faces of Flint: Rapper Mama Sol uses music to uplift community

Apr 11, 2016

Our "Faces of Flint" series kicks off with the story of hip hop artist Mama Sol, who was born and raised in the city of Flint. She’s using her music to uplift her hometown while it struggles to recover from the water crisis there.


Girls on the Run photo
Courtesy photo / Visual Series photography

Girls on the Run is a non-profit that not only inspires girls to become independent thinkers, but teaches them healthy exercise habits. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the director and one of the coaches that works with the Mid-Michigan chapter to find out how they do it.


Shari Montgomery photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The House of Promise is a faith-based nonprofit that provides survivors of sex abuse and sex trafficking unconditional love, acceptance, and a place to heal. For this week’s Neighbors in Action, we speak with president and founder Shari Montgomery.


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Courtesy photo / Michael Murphy IV

The Lansing State Journal has been running a poll of the best Michigan small towns in a variety of categories. Reporter Kathleen Lavey updates us on the winners.


Van Nortwick family photo
Courtesy photo / Ronald McDonald House Mid-Michigan

Having a sick or injured child in the hospital is difficult enough, but add to that the logistics of having to travel away from home for your child to receive care and it becomes a very stressful situation. For Neighbors in Action we speak to the executive director of Ronald McDonald House Mid-Michigan, Carolyn Hurst, and a mother who has stayed at the house, Jen Van Nortwick.


Small Talk image
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.


Origami Rehab photo
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.


Energizing Education photo
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.


group of people in volunteers of america office
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.”

Ramone Williams photo
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.


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