Homeless outreach programs lease space in a changing Lansing Mall

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DELTA TWP. – On Tuesday morning, the Lansing Mall’s corridors were far from busy, but a 980-square-foot storefront near the food court was bustling with activity.

There, more than a half-dozen volunteers spent the morning sorting and packing hundreds of diapers for Lansing-area residents in need. The mall storefront, previously occupied by a massage business, is the Capital Area Diaper Bank’s new home.

The diaper bank will share space there with its parent outreach, Cardboard Prophets, for at least the next year, said Linda Karl, the administrative assistant for both organizations.

The mall space will serve as a hub for the diaper bank’s distribution efforts in Ingham, Eaton, Clinton and Shiawassee counties — the outreach will dole out 10,000 diapers this month — but it will also be a place where people can come for food, clothing and other personal items if they are living between shelters or on the streets.