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Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana Offers Educational Seminars on Homelessness

Local libraries to house public education series of Homeless Coalition

 

NEW ALBANY- The Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana is pleased to announce a series of seminars focused on the issues surrounding homelessness in southern Indiana. Offered in both New Albany and Jeffersonville, this series of free, educational seminars will provide an overview of homelessness in the area and how the community is responding to the concerns and priorities of this key community issue.

“We are excited to offer this series of educational programs to the community. The drivers of homelessness in southern Indiana are complex and varied. While there is no simple answer to the issues, we hope our sessions will increase community awareness in addressing homelessness and its causes,” says Keeley Stingel, Executive Director.

The kickoff seminar will be held on July 26th at 10:00 am at the New Albany-Floyd County library and will provide an overview of the background, research and data on the homeless issue and its’ causes in southern Indiana.  Speakers for this event are Keeley Stingel, Executive Director, Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana and Dr. Melissa Fry, director of the Applied Research and Education Center at Indiana University Southeast and author of the research study Vision 2025 – A Strategic Plan to End Homelessness in Clark and Floyd Counties.”

Details for the other seminars which discuss root causes of and responsiveness to homelessness in southern Indiana are:

• July 31 at 10:00 am. Jeffersonville Library. Keeley Stingel, Executive Director, Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana and Dr. Melissa Fry, director of the Applied Research and Education Center at Indiana University Southeast will discuss background and data on the homeless issue in southern Indiana and Ms. Cindy Nichols, Nurse Practitioner specialist will discuss how homelessness is impacted by physical and mental issues.

• August 15 at 10:00 am. New Albany-Floyd County Library. Homelessness also affects children in our community. Learn more about this topic as Laura Fleming-Balmer, Executive Director/CEO at Clark County Youth Shelter and Family Services, Inc. addresses youth and homelessness in southern Indiana.

• September 13 at 6:00 pm. New Albany-Floyd County Library. Presented by Ms. Cindy Nichols, Nurse Practitioner specialist, this seminar will address the connection between health, mental health and the risk of homelessness.

• September 27 at 6:00 pm. Jeffersonville Library. This seminar provides an overview to how the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana’s White Flag Shelter is addressing the homeless situation during the winter months. Presenters include White Flag staff and volunteers.

• October 23 at 6:00 pm. New Albany-Floyd County Library. This seminar provides an overview to how the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana’s White Flag Shelter is addressing the homeless situation during the winter months. Presenters include White Flag staff and volunteers.

Participation in these seminars is open to the public at no cost. Each seminar is designed to be a one-hour introduction to the specific topic, which will increase awareness in both Floyd and Clark counties regarding the issue of homelessness and how the issue is being addressed by community partnerships.

Sponsorships are available for the series and seminars. If you would like to sponsor the series or one of the seminars, please contact Keeley Stingel, info@soinhomeless.org.

The Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana exists to address homelessness and its causes in the community by increasing advocacy and awareness, coordinating efforts, and influencing policy decisions.

For more information about the Homeless Coalition of Southern Indiana find the organization on Facebook @homelesscoalitionsi, email info@soinhomeless.org, or visit www.soinhomeless.org.

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