Women’s Center of Greater Lansing Supporting Women in Need

March is Women’s History Month, but at the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, support for women is all year long. 

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing sits on Michigan Avenue. 

“Our goal is to have every woman reach their unique potential,” Melinna Brann said. 

It’s where Executive Director, Melina Brann, is hooked on women’s wellness. 

“Women also need mental health counseling to get through some of the things they were experiencing,” Brann said. The center supports domestic survivors and women with low-income. 

“The number one reason people come in here is because it’s a safe space,” Brann said. It’s a chance to get back on their feet. 

“Seeing them at the end of their counseling time smile, can make all the difference,” Brann said. Melina and Emily want to make a difference. 

“A lot of the time, people don’t realize we are here and that most of our services are free,” Graduate Intern, Emily Wegenke said. 

“I found the women’s center when I was a client and was going through my own divorce. I want to help women the way I was helped during that time,” Brann said. 

At the Women’s Center, happiness is a choice.

Restaurants Reopening Dining

“We’re open and we’re ready for anybody who wants to come visit us,” Peanut Barrel owner, Joe Bell said. Bell has learned a lot about patience. “We don’t really know what to expect yet,” Bell said. He hopes it’s about to pay off. He’s owned the Peanut Barrel for 40 years.

Michigan State swim team speaks out on being cut

With a great athletic financial crisis, Michigan State’s athletic department spent months finding a way to limit the budget loss. Michigan State’s Athletic Director, Bill Beekman, had heartbreaking news to give those on the Michigan State’s swim and dive team. “My initial reaction in that room at 4’oclock was this feeling of paralysis,” sophomore Travis Nitkiewicc said. “A lot of people got angry immediately. For me, it was a numb reaction,” senior Elise Tuke said.

Michigan State utilizes Kellogg Center for student isolation

In a typical school year, Michigan State students would be on campus, with some living in the dorms.

“The 27 residence halls across the Michigan State University’s campus. It’s one of the largest on-campus housing systems in the nation,” Kat Cooper, RHS Chief Communications Officer said. Michigan State housing went from 14,500 students, to under 2,000 living in the residence halls. “A significant decrease compared to our typical year. It would cost the university a lot of money to outfit Akers Hall to be more like a hotel,” Cooper said.

Therapy dogs giving a helping paw at library

Sometimes all you need is a helping hand, but in this case, a helping paw. In January, the Bath Public Library started a Paws for Reading program to help children get comfortable with their reading level while reading to therapy dogs.