August Difference Maker: Hannah’s House

 

 

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Hannah’s House is a Christ-centered, extended care shelter for homeless, pregnant women and their babies, providing spiritual training in the areas of parenting and life skills. The purpose of Hannah’s House is to provide shelter, food, clothing, classes, and mentoring to homeless pregnant women to help prepare moms to effectively raise a family. Their program is designed to reinforce a positive lifestyle and promote social, emotional, and spiritual growth. They provide women with a safe, comfortable home where they can gain the spiritual, physical, and emotional strength to parent their child and work toward self-sufficiency or make an adoption plan. They also serve the community through their outreach program called, “Hannah’s Attic”, which provides maternity and baby clothes, diapers, and other items needed by women with small children.

Learn more about Hannah’s House this month on Shine.FM!

July Difference Maker: Women’s Center of Greater Lansing

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is a private non-profit organization that provides support services to women in the Lansing area. Since our doors opened in 2005, we have served more than 5,000 women.

The Women’s Center is dedicated to helping women realize their potential, support each other, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and develop emotional and physical well-being, regardless of income level. To read personal testimonies from women helped by the Center, please check out our Success Stories.

Our services include career counseling and resume preparation, individual counseling, and a wide variety of support groups and workshops. For more information, please see our services page.

Mission

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing is committed to providing valuable, innovative resources and services in an atmosphere that fosters mutual support, insight and growth for women of all backgrounds and ages as they strive to realize their own unique potential.

Vision

We visualize a community where all women have the opportunity and ability to achieve their own unique potential.

June Difference Maker: Kids Alive International

Millions of kids in the developing world live in desperate, life-threatening situations. Orphaned, abused and neglected they often end up on the streets begging just to survive. Many are victimized by predators and have nowhere to turn for help. Kids Alive International exists to rescue these children –one at a time. Through Children’s Homes, Care Centers and Schools, Kids Alive provides the love and care that every child deserves and have the unique privilege of introducing them to Jesus.

 

Kids Alive reflects the love of Christ by rescuing suffering children in crisis, nurturing them with quality holistic care, and introducing them to the transforming power of Jesus Christ so they are enabled to instill hope in others.

 

Kids Alive provides quality care to thousands of orphaned, abused, abandoned and neglected children through children’s homes, care centers, and schools in 14 countries. Partners can support Kids Alive ministries through child sponsorship, service teams, site sponsorship, or donations.

 

To get involved call (800) 543-7330 or go to www.kidsalive.org

 

 

May Difference Maker: Hope For the Day

Hope For The Day is a nonprofit movement committed to utilizing music and the arts as a defense mechanism to suicide. Their alternative approach strives to offer education, prevention and hope through creative expression.

Hope For The Day’s vision is to bring communities together in order to shed light on the unfortunate topics of depression and suicide. They wish to share the deeply personal connection creativity can have in fostering an environment of positive change to the suffering.

Hope For The Day views art and music as a highway to the heart; two things that have allowed humanity to express our emotions for milennia. They wish to reduce suicide rates while inspiring and empowering those who need help, to get help.

Most importantly, Hope For The Day has the vision to use creative expression as a medium to educate communities while simultaneously striving to prevent suicide.

To learn more, go to hftd.org

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April Difference Maker: Veritas Christi Catholic High School

Veritas Christi Catholic High School‘s (VCCHS) mission is to serve and empower students with special needs for class and for life by utilizing the absolute best educational research and practices. VCCHS is a Christ-centered school that revolves around a shared love of learning and is permeated by the teachings of Jesus and the leading of the Holy Spirit.

VCCHS’s faculty and administration is graduated with degrees and endorsements in special education. There are no other existing Catholic high schools specifically created to serve students with exceptionalities. VCCHS provides an educational experience of highest quality that successfully prepares young adults to live according to God’s will while achieving their academic and vocational goals.

To learn more about VCCHS, visit their website at veritaschristi.com or call (734) 645-1643.

March Difference Maker: Reach A Village

Reach A Village seeks to be a light and a witness to people in rural villages throughout the world who have yet to hear the Good News of Christ. It was founded in 2012 by a group of experienced Christian leaders trained in foreign and domestic missions. Reach A Village partners with local ministries in countries around the world who have the same burden and vision to reach people with the Gospel.

The unreached people living in rural villages will be reached by their own countrymen and women living in villages within traveling distance. Reach A Village is committed to helping local Christian workers reach the unreached within their nation by providing Scripture resources and training programs for church planting and growth.

The goal of Reach A Village is to encourage and equip capable, indigenous Christian ministries and local churches to fulfill the great commission by providing resources and Bibles.

To find out more about Reach A Village visit reachavillage.org.

February Difference Makers: Media Messengers

Media Messengers is a non-profit, inter-denominational organization commissioned to communicate the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in unique and creative ways. Their vision is to reach the local community as well as the world wide community, through TV commercials, print and internet media, video, film, and evangelistic missions, such as the  Lansing Bless Fest, a Christian music festival held annually, in Lansing Michigan.

The vision for Media Messengers began over ten years ago. It was born out of prayer and a great desire to use media to bring the message of hope and life to the people of the Lansing community.  Back in 2003, Rev. Rudy Henderson along with his family, began Media Messengers, an evangelistic organization.

From the beginning evangelism and street outreach were at the heart of this mission. The idea for a media outreach was born after months of prayer and waiting upon God. Media Messenger’s senior director, Rev. Henderson, had been active in Christian work for over thirty years. Much of that time was devoted to helping people in spiritual need, ministering to those who were down and out and in pastoring a church. In the last twenty-five years, Rev. Henderson also worked in media and television production, within the Michigan TV market.

God revealed the direction and scope of our mission in a clear and difined vision.  The directive is to share the good news in a language that anyone can hear and understand.   A major part of our mission is to share real life stories of people who have encountered God in their lives. Visit Media Messenger’s other website www.thinktwicetv.com  and read true life stories. A real God, can transform real lives.

Hope-Central Valentine’s Day Love Tour

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Hope-Central, the performing arts epicenter for students, has gathered students from the Lansing area to serenade senior citizens on Valentine’s Day for the Hope-Central Love Tour.

Students will be touring senior facilities singing and handing out teddy bears and valentine’s cards to the residence in hope of making this Valentine’s Day a special one for them.

Tour locations:

Hope-Central is collecting medium to large size teddy bears at the following locations:

Please consider donating a teddy bear today to make a difference this Valentine’s Day!

January Difference Makers: Student Statesmanship Institute

The Student Statesmanship Institute (SSI) is a unique hands-on Biblical worldview and leadership program for high school students featuring legislative, media, business, campaign and judicial tracks. The real-world professional career simulations and dynamic faith-filled environment combine to develop character, instill purpose and equip young people with highly relevant life-skills. SSI is a fun and exciting learning experience that prepares teenagers for every aspect of their future.

The mission of SSI is:

  • To cultivate desire in young people to discover God’s design, purpose, calling and destiny for their lives.
  • To help these young people develop a comprehensive Biblical worldview in order to apply God’s eternal truths to every area of life.
  • To impart knowledge as relevant for our everyday world and not just confined to personal spiritual matters.
  • To inspire young people to be Godly leaders in their generation.

The SSI Summer Program is a life-transforming week featuring authentic leadership simulations in the legislative, media, judicial, campaign and business fields under the direction of Christian professionals in each field.
 
During this real-world experience young people learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, critical thinking, strategic planning and effective communications. While being engaged in high-level leadership roles, they are also inspired to apply Biblical and moral principles in their own life and the world around them.
 
Thousands of young people have come to Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing from throughout Michigan, across America and even Canada, Mexico, England & Israel to be a part of this unique leadership training experience.

Register today for the SSI Summer Program here.

Thanks SSI for making a difference in Lansing!

 

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December Difference Maker: City Rescue Mission of Lansing

The City Rescue Mission of Lansing is a non-profit dedicated to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of men, women, and children in Michigan’s capital area. In 2013, they celebrated over 100 years of service to our community and provided 52,834 nights of shelter, 104,184 meals, 1,630 hygiene (personal needs) kits, and 755 biblical counseling sessions. They provide several ministries to low income or homeless individuals and families, with are main areas of focus being food, shelter, and hope.

Food: The City Rescue Mission has a long history of feeding the hungry in our community. Since opening a soup kitchen during the depression, we have provided quality meals 365 days a year to those in need.

Shelter: The City Rescue Mission is the largest emergency shelter in Michigan’s capital area. We provide a safe haven to men, women, and children, with 58 beds for men and 100 for women and children. Our Life Transformation Program offers16 beds.

Hope: The City Rescue Mission is grateful for the opportunity to meet physical needs; however, our core “mission” has always been to provide the message of the Gospel and evidence of Christ’s love to those who are often lost and lonely.

Thank you City Rescue Mission for being a Difference Maker in Lansing. For more information on becoming a Shine.FM Difference Maker call 815.939.5330.

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