Unemployment not the only reason for poverty

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.

Mason hosts its 23rd Annual Walk For Warmth

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.