Neighbors in Action

Listening Ear photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Listening Ear Crisis Intervention Center provides free and confidential service for telephone and walk-in clients in crisis. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with Recruitment and Orientation Director Ian Jacobs and Media Liaison Director Carly Geraci.


Brandy Johnson and Ashley Justice photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The Michigan College Access Network’s mission is to increase college readiness, participation, and completion for Michigan’s high school students. For Neighbors in Action this week, we speak to MCAN’s founder Brandy Johnson and Waverly High School counselor Ashley Justice.


Hounds of GRACE photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

After Greyhounds retire from being racing dogs, they need to find “forever homes.” Hounds of GRACE is a Michigan non-profit dedicated to making that happen. For Neighbors in Action, we talk to their Vice President Gene Parker and Melissa Williams, who has adopted Greyhounds through the organization.


National Council on Alcoholism photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The National Council on Alcoholism/Lansing Regional Area is the longest serving alcohol and other drug treatment agency in the Greater Lansing area, serving the community for over 50 years. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the NCA/LRA’s Jessica Robinson and a participant in one of their recovery programs.


Kelly Koerner photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it can be especially hard for children who may be too young to understand and process that kind of grief. For this week’s Neighbors in Action we talk to Kelly Koerner, associate program director of Ele’s Place, a non-profit where children can receive grief counseling and find peer support.


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.

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.


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.


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.


Stethoscope photo
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.


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