Neighbors in Action

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.


bottled water
Daniel Orth / Flickr

Current State speaks with Ginna Holmes, director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and  Jamie-Lee Venable about HelpforFlint.com.

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
Meals on Wheels photo
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.


City Rescue Mission of Lansing photo
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.


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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