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We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 


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With temperatures dipping to the single digits and below zero in the Lansing area, local homeless shelters are providing as much assistance as they can.


Jackie and Kenneth in the kitchen
Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

During the holidays, many are looking for ways to volunteer and give back to those in need. East Lansing’s Haven House provides emergency housing and support services for families, and it relies on volunteers to prepare the meals for residents. WKAR’s Katie Cook stopped by on a Saturday to talk with some of these volunteers.

 


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WKAR File Photo

Subzero temperatures are expected in Mid-Michigan over the next 24 hours, so the region’s largest homeless shelter is preparing to house more people than usual. 

 


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Two members of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness joined the July 15 edition of "Current State" to talk about homeless numbers in Michigan, a drive to gather and distribute hygiene products and how you can help. 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

The Lansing branch of Volunteers of America Michigan is one of the largest homeless services providers in the state.  Now, its director is getting  a promotion.  On July 1, Patrick Patterson will become the next president and CEO of Volunteers of America Michigan. 

 


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

A new service is starting Tuesday to help the homeless in mid-Michigan.  The Volunteers of America is opening a dental clinic at its downtown Lansing shelter.


New funding is coming to Michigan to assist young homeless people. Youth in Michigan who have experienced homelessness are playing a part in plans to help.

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Courtesy photo

A Detroit non-profit is getting national attention with the innovative way they are caring for and employing the homeless. We find out about The Empowerment Plan.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

A group working with Lansing’s homeless population is moving from a southside hotel to a new facility in Lansing Township. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Mike Karl of the Homeless Angels about the move and what it means to people seeking shelter in the area.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

With Thanksgiving marking the start of the traditional holiday season, we’re entering the peak time for charitable giving. 


Kevin Lavery, WKAR

The Greater Lansing area has many shelters and organizations to help the homeless.

But Gateway Youth Services is the only one for homeless and unaccompanied youth.

Current State’s Mark Bashore talks with Gateway Youth Services director Jennifer McMann and outreach coordinator Sophia Estrada Ferrera.

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.


Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Dozens of volunteers have wrapped up an evening out in the cold on the streets of Lansing. Last night, the Volunteers of America in Lansing conducted its annual Point in Time Count, which tracks the homeless in our community.

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