Beloved Community Forums for Racial Understanding & Reconciliation presents: ‘Our Community, Our Problem: Identifying the Issues of Homelessness & What You Can Do to Help’
Homelessness and the issues affecting it occurs in every community whether large or small. The stereotypes associated with this community issue often project a distorted image about who is caught in this negative cycle that impacts the quality of life & well-being of the entire community. Some may feel that this is the personal problem of those directly affected by homelessness – it is not. Homelessness & its accompanying issues is a problem for us all; the lack of or inability to attain quality living for one detracts for the quality of life for us all – Our Community, Our Problem. This 3-part forum seeks to raise the visibility of the homelessness problem by hearing from experts actively working with this population. It will also identify local efforts to assist individuals & families impacted by it and share strategies for helping them escape this negative cycle.
JOIN US IN THIS IMPORTANT DISCUSSION
May 23, 2020 (Saturday) 1pm-2pm: The Struggle of Families
Presented by Sara Liegl, Interfaith’s Project Home
*June 27, 2020 (Saturday) 1pm-2pm: Over 55 with no place to live
Presented by Lori Halibur, Catholic Charities/Dorothy Day Center
*July 18, 2020 (Saturday) 1pm-2pm: Youth without a home
Presented by Khalique Rogers, Youth Advocate & Motivational Speaker
This is a free event/registration required.
About Our Presenters
For 20 years, Sara Liegl has worked at Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul. Since 2001, Sara has directed Interfaith Action’s Project Home program – providing emergency shelter to hundreds of families each year in Ramsey County, MN. This vital work is done in partnership with dozens of area churches, synagogues, and schools and thousands of local volunteers. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s in Social Work, Sara has previously worked in child protection services in Wisconsin and at residential Girl Scout camps in Wisconsin and Maine. Sara has served on the Board of Directors of Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless, providing funding for agencies across the state of Minnesota. Currently, Sara currently serves as the Board Chair for the Federal Emergency Shelter and Food Program (ESFP) Local Advisory Board in Ramsey County.
Lori Halbur is a Social Worker with Catholic Charities Homeless Elders Program who works with individuals over the age of 60 who are experiencing homelessness. Lori believes that each elder experiencing homelessness deserves to be treated with dignity and respect and by utilizing person centered intensive case management she is able to assist them with accomplishing their goals, getting their needs met and help them to feel valued in a society that does not value aging. Since the Fall of 2016, when Catholic Charites Homeless Elders Program was awarded a Department of Human Services Live Well Grant, Lori has assisted over 35 elders in securing housing. Lori is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) with a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s University Social Work Program.
Khalique Rogers is a man of many talents. He is a writer, a storyteller, a public speaker, and an actor. Rogers is also able to share his talents amongst generations, by facilitating life skill sessions with middle, high school, and college aged scholars. Rogers recognizes that there is an opportunity gap in American schools. He experienced firsthand a curriculum and school system that did not represent his culture, language and history. Due to this, he has developed a passion for working with schools to inspire students of all backgrounds to foster a higher level of expectations for themselves.