Who are the Homeless? What are the causes of homelessness and what can be done? Find out the answers to these questions and how you can make a difference at North Shore Community College’s (NSCC) 33rd Forum on Tolerance, Homelessness is a Social Justice Issue.
This free, two-day, two-campus event will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 10:30a.m. – 12:20 p.m. at NSCC’s Danvers Campus, 1 Ferncroft Road and on Thursday, October 23, 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. at the Lynn Campus, 300 Broad Street.
The Danvers event will feature two screenings of the documentary short, No Place Like Home, which highlights the all too often misunderstood topic of youth homelessness. Working with Youth On Fire, a Harvard Square drop-in center for homeless youth, No Place Like Home aims to shed light on the struggles many of these young people face on a daily basis, as well as to challenge many of the preconceived notions we often hold on the topic.
A discussion will follow with the Executive Director of Innovative Perspective Collaboration (IPC), Neil MacInnes-Barker, and several of the youth that are homeless.
A series of panel discussions will highlight the Lynn event. Sharing personal stories will be the “Faces of Homelessness” speakers bureau; NSCC alum Ana Stipanovic; community activist Judie VanKooiman: the Haven Project and Glendaliz. Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo will also address the audience.
NSCC Professor Richard Adelman, Green Curriculum Coordinator Barbara Ikalainen, Dr. Carlos Marin and NSCC students will lead a discussion on “What are the causes of homelessness?”
Covering the topic of “What Can Be Done?” will be Peggy Andreas ’85, a Family Team nurse with the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, NSCC Senior Academic Counselors Donna Davis and Debbie Campbell; Director of Citizens for Adequate Housing, Corey Jackson and Director of Legislative Advocacy at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Kelly Turley.
Representatives from local shelters and organizations will be staffing resource tables and donations for the Wish List Drive will be accepted at both events. Wish List Drive items most needed include: white socks, art supplies, nonperishable food items, small toiletries, and play dough.