Neighbors in Action

St. Vincent Catholic Charities photo
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Many in mid-Michigan’s immigrant and refugee communities are watching the nation's sanctuary discussion closely. Those communities may be facing as many challenges as ever. This week on Current State’s Neighbors in Action, we hear from an immigrant to Lansing from Iraq.

Marlene Webster and Samantha Ardelean of Walls of Warmth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Neighbors in Action, we learn about Walls of Warmth, a new program helping the homeless in Shiawassee County.


Mother Teresa House photo
Courtesy photo

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with Mother Teresa House founder Karen Bussey about helping people facing serious health issues.


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The Islamic Center of East Lansing was one of several places across the country to receive a hate letter last week. They responded with a respectful reply. For Neighbors in Action, we speak to Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji and Farah Khalil of the Islamic Center to find out what opportunities they have to learn and to volunteer.


Dr. Felipe Lopez Sustaita photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week we learn about the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan from its relatively new executive director, Felipe Lopez Sustaita.


Marta Werbanowska and Denise Paquette photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine a community organization with more than 500 volunteers! You could be imagining the roster of volunteers for Lansing’s Allen Neighborhood Center. The ANC’s Denise Paquette and Marta Webanowska join us for Neighbors in Action.


MSU Student Parent Resource Center photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we learn about the MSU Student Parent Resource Center within the MSU Family Resource Center. They help MSU students who also happen to be parents navigate college life.


John Leask photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with John Leask of the Capital Area Literacy Coalition, also known as The Reading People.


Vickie Smith and Peggy Vaughn-Payne photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action, we catch up with Northwest Initiative, the non-profit that works to strengthen and sustain healthy communities in Lansing’s "grand neighborhoods."


Andrea Martineau  and Justin McElwee photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

About 400 MSU students identify themselves as having experienced foster care or some form of "out of home" living situation, including homelessness. For Neighbors in Action, we learn about MSU's Fostering Academics Mentoring Program (FAME).


Erica Schmittdiel photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for Neighbors in Action we hear from MSU Safe Place about the work they do to help victims of domestic violence and abuse.


Young Entrepreneurs Academy photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we find out about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a program of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce that teaches students how to start and run their own businesses.


Youth for Understanding photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Youth For Understanding is an international educational exchange program for students and adults founded in Michigan. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the local field manager, as well as a host parent and an exchange student who is here from Germany.


Hannah's House photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Hannah’s House of Lansing provides homeless expectant mothers with shelter and support so they can gain the emotional, physical, and spiritual strength they need to raise their child or pursue an adoption plan if they choose. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with staff members of Hannah’s House about the organization’s work.


ITEC photo
Courtesy photo / ITEC

It’s never too early to foster excitement for the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) offers programs that teach technological skills to students from middle school up to adulthood.

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