A man is standing on the street corner with a sign reading, “Every bit helps.” On the next block, there is another man sitting next to a lamppost with a jar at his feet, asking people walking by for any extra change. What both of these people have in common is that they are panhandling on the streets. However, their reasons are unknown to people who pass by. This rise in activity can be connected to recent poverty rates.
Downtown Lansing resident and Lansing Community College student Debryan Threatt has been affected by drunk driving in more ways than one in her lifetime in the city. “Drunk driving in Lansing is such a problem with all the bars not only downtown but throughout the city. Too many people think they’re capable of making it home after a night out,” Threatt said. “My brother got hit by a drunk driver two years ago, luckily he survived. Drinking and driving is something me and my family take very seriously and thankfully so does the Lansing Police Department.”
Chief of Lansing Police Michael Yankowski and the police department are trying to do what they can to put a stop to these instances that could easily affect so many.
Living day to day without stable housing is a reality for many residents throughout the community. With poverty rates in Lansing well above national average, the community offers the homeless population a variety of resources.
The Clinton County Department of Waste Management has teamed up with local law enforcement agencies and other area organizations since 2008 to host medication collection events that promote the proper disposal of pharmaceutical drugs.
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Winter time: Ice skating, hot chocolate and for some folks a struggle. “I became homeless for a year and a half now. [I was] Shelter to shelter, struggling and not having a place and feeling lost,” said Diana Ramey of Lansing. Ramey lives now lives at the Volunteers of America shelter, her fourth move since she became homeless over a year ago. She says that she has met a lot of families in need at the shelter.
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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in 20 American adults live with a serious health condition, but people living with mental illness, believe there is a negative stigma attached to it. Michigan State University student, Jazmine Skala-Wade was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, known as ADHD, when she was 11. “People have this idea that mental illnesses aren’t real, that you need to pray them away, that you are making it up or that you are crazy,” Skala-Wade said. “I have been judged and looked at as crazy. People have made up stories about my mental illness and I’ve been treated like I shouldn’t be smart.”
Skala-Wade said she’s doing things in college that people did not think she was capable of because of her ADHD.
With more than 600 registered student organizations on campus, students at Michigan State University can find a group for just about any interest
The the leaders of Raising Awareness with Students believe they have a mission unlike others. RAWS promotes health issues, with a focus on preventable illnesses. It was created by Kady Cox, an interdisciplinary studies in social science student. The concept of RAWS started with her annual event, “Diabetes is Not Sweet.” “I got the idea for the ‘Diabetes is Not Sweet’ event because mom and my grandmother both have diabetes,” Cox said.
Coloring is not just for kids, or perhaps grownups still have a little kid left in them. Either way, Mason’s library is helping adults have fun and be mentally healthy.