This is so sad when you realize that homeless people in Lansing have been living outside in the elements during a global pandemic as the rest of the state was mostly shut down and sheltered in houses.

According to the Lansing State Journal, most recently, a gymnasium in the Gier Community Center in north Lansing became a place for them to go. More than 20 local agencies have teamed up to open the center as a shelter with 49 beds.

I can't even begin to tell you how many times I've been to Gier park in Lansing. I used to play softball there all the time.

This is such a wonderful thing that Gier Community Center is doing to help homeless people find a safe place to stay.

By the way, the gymnasium opened thanks to the efforts of the Capital Region Housing Collaborative.

The nonprofit partnership ropes in 22 different local agencies, including shelters such as Advent House Ministries, Haven House and Holy Cross Services, as well as government entities at the state, county and city levels.

The concept is to provide the necessities that become even more vital during the coronavirus pandemic. Please click on the above link for more information.

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