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Panel focuses on homelessness, poverty

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—A panel presentation on homelessness and poverty will be held Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

The event, The Faces of Homelessness, is part of the College's annual Social Visionary Speaker Series. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Panelists, all of whom are or have been homeless, will share their life experiences.

The event is made possible through the Baltimore Area Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau, a public education program about homelessness and what can be done to end it. The organization is a collaborative project of Healthcare for the Homeless, Project PLASE, Fusion Partnerships and St. Vincent de Paul Baltimore's Beans & Bread Center, all of which are dedicated to providing community services to the underserved and needy populations in Baltimore. Through its work, the bureau aims to break stereotypes, myths and misconceptions about homelessness, and to enable homeless and formerly homeless adults to rebuild their lives through community involvement.

The Social Visionary Speaker Series was established to introduce the Hood and Frederick communities to individuals who have successfully turned unique visions and ideas into real and practical solutions that enhance the quality of life for others, and to inspire fresh and imaginative ways of thinking about contemporary issues.

This event is presented by Hood's career center and office of service learning.

For more information, contact Yvette Webster, community service coordinator, by calling (301) 696-3583 or by e-mail at webster@hood.edu.