By Rachel Bidock
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter
At this time of year communities are stepping up to help those less fortunate, but what many people don’t know is that poverty has more than one face. Clinton County faces poverty and homeless problems, explains Pauline Baert, the coordinator for Capital Area Community Services in nearby Lansing, which works toward ending the causes and conditions of poverty in Clinton and surrounding counties. “We are finding them sleeping in their cars,” Baert said. “Families have come to us that have been living in camping trailers with no adequate heat or water.”
The numbers of homeless seemed to have increased in the Clinton County area, according to Baert. “I’ve noticed an increase in the last couple of years,” Baert said.
This Saturday, hundreds of people across Ingham County will brave the cold to raise money for those in need. The 24th annual Walk for Warmth will help the Capital Area Community Services, Inc. continue its services, and help more people in need this winter. Frigid temperatures throughout Michigan have hit many low-income families especially hard. Marina Poroshin, the rural Ingham center coordinator for the Capital Area Community Services, Inc., hopes that people in Ingham County can help those in need. “We walk in the cold because we want people to realize how it feels to live in the cold,” Poroshin said.
By Lauren Kroll and BriAnn Harvey
Mason Times staff writer
MASON — Rural Ingham County Capitol Area Community Services hosted its 23rd annual Walk for Warmth in Mason on Sat. Feb. 25. The Walk for Warmth is a volunteer community based effort to assist low-income families with heat bills. CACS hosts walks in Lansing and Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee counties the fourth Saturday in February each year.