The North Network Center isn't just a place for kids to come and play. It's also a place where the community can turn to for help. According to Beverly Butler of the NNC, many in the neighborhood are unemployed and live at or below poverty. And this makes access to healthcare difficult.
"Many people die from diseases that are preventable or treatable or suffer unnecessarily with those diseases."
So the NNC, located off of Willow Street in Lansing, is one of the only places they can go to for free medical screenings like blood pressure checks and free literature on common illnesses like diabetes and hypertension.
Executive Director of the NNC, Walter Brown, says, "A lot of people, especially minority people, according to statistics, they don't go to the doctor and get the proper check-ups and things that they should and we want to educate them about this."
But all of the aid the center provides costs money since they provide it to the public for free. So the NNC is throwing a community gathering and fundraiser on Saturday, July 15 from 3 p.m. two 8 p.m. The center is located at 847 West Willow Street in Lansing. It's free but, donations are accepted.