Families and Neighborhoods Network
Uniting to transform cities with Christ through families and neighborhoods.
Network Steering Team
Chair - Kevin Shoemaker
Program Director - TBA
Hearing from our Cities | 2019 Report
COGL Culture of Prayer Team facilitated a prayer meeting with over 10 leaders around Family and Neighborhoods.
COGL consulted with practitioners in this area for planning the event. Their diverse professional backgrounds include social work, adoption, human services and a health education.
Over 40 leaders gathered at the community center to learn ways for serving families and neighborhoods
City Discussion Panelists:
Lansing Neighborhoods & Citizen Engagement - Andi Crawford, Director
Lansing Parks and Recs - Brett Kaschinske, Director
Faith Community Panelist:
South Nazarene Church - Brad Dyrness, Sr Pastor
Ways to Serve Our Cities
SERVE Lansing brings together volunteers to support initiatives throughout Lansing – primarily these are Neighborhood cleanups. Churches can work with the Department of Neighborhoods + Citizen Engagement to design and deliver a cleanup in their community. Overall, these are the goals you can connect with in Lansing Park’s 5-year master plan:
Naturalization and Ecology Management- taking care of our public lands for everyone to enjoy.
Tree Conservation Planting and Replacement- Helping create a cooler, cleaner environment.
Access to Rivers and River Management-being great stewards of the resources, we have in Lansing and putting more people out on the rivers to enjoy nature.
Create a Parks Foundation-this will help create advocacy for Parks and assist with financial resources outside the general fund.
Non-motorized trail use- allows for both recreational and transportation use in the city.
Diversify Recreational Opportunities- sustaining diverse opportunities for our diverse city.
Resources for Community Groups
The Neighborhood grant program is also available for Lansing faith organizations to apply for to support projects that build Lansing neighborhoods. Grants range from $200 - $5000. Many city programs and services are free, and participation in leisure activities will lead to a better community. People can help serve our community by volunteering in parks or community centers, teaching a community class, telling others about the services offered, or even Adopt a Park. To find more about these resources, visit Lansing.gov/parksandrecs.
Ways to Pray for our Cities
Please pray for our homeless/unsheltered population using our parks and public spaces that they may use the resources that we have in this city to help decrease our numbers of homeless.
Our violent crime and youth violence continue to be higher than should be for a city our size. Pray for nonviolent resolution to disputes and for the safety of our first-responders throughout the city.
Faith Impact on Families and Neighborhoods | 2019 Report
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Churches have served families for generations. From births to funerals, ministries counsel, marry, and equip families. The churches in the Lansing Area regularly create spaces where children, teens, college students, singles and spouses can socialize, strengthen one another, and grow. Here is a highlight of faith community groups in our network that impact communities:
Crossroads Church – Provides housing, food, and bedding needs
Bethany Christian Services – Adoption and family services
Samaritas – Adoption, Foster Care, Senior and Affordable Living
Holy Cross Services – Social services, homeless shelter and care services
Lansing City Rescue Mission – Homeless shelter and care services
Lansing C.O.G.I.C. – Quality Free Clothing Ministry
Christ Kingdom Builder Church – Hosts community coat drives
Shekinah International – Cleans two city parks
Annual Collaboration Events
List your faith event here - $50 Donation
MOVE – a regional Women’s Conference in April 2020
I Love My City Week – Multi-church Community Service Event in May 2020
Love the City – a week of churches serving the community led by City Life Lansing
Bless the City – community service organized by Mount Hope Church
Love Lansing – community service organized by Trinity Church
Community Support Business Listings
List your business here - $50-$100 Donation
Child and Family Charities | 517-882-4000 | 4287 Five Oaks Dr. Lansing MI, 48911| Childandfamily.org
The Firecracker Foundation | 517-742-7224 | 2450 Delhi Commerce Dr. Suite 9 | Thefirecrackerfoundation.org
STATE OF THE CITY 2019 - FAMILY & NEIGHBORHOODS REFERENCE
• The inaugural Citizens Academy launched with 24 Lansing residents taking part in the 10-week program.
• Serve Lansing launched in partnership with Michigan State University, the United Way, the Lansing Board of Water and Light and the Red Cross to coordinate volunteer efforts in our community.
• Four Participatory Budget Nights were hosted where residents could provide input on the city’s budget. Four more will be hosted in early 2019.
• Mayor Schor participated in the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative to gain insight on data and how it drives decision making in Lansing. Department of Neighborhoods and Citizen Engagement Director Andi Crawford is leading a city-wide data team that is analyzing our data.
City Department Info:
Neighborhoods & Citizen Engagement
Contact: Andi Crawford | Email:
Phone: 517-483-4076 | Website: neighborhoods.lansingmi.gov