The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy is hosting the Summit on Race Matters in Appalachia on Nov. 10 and 11 in Charleston.
Monday, Nov. 10, 5-9 pm: Culture Center - State Capitol Complex
See "Cracking the Codes: Social Determinants of Racial Inequality."
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8 am-5 pm: Four Points Sheraton - Downtown Charleston
Participate in workshop discussions about the movie.
The summit will offer a unique opportunity for people from throughout West Virginia to participate in a constructive, in-depth conversation about the complicated history of race relations and racial inequality in the state. Participants will examine the causes and consequences of structural inequities that exist across social, political, educational and financial systems and how those inequities negatively affect everyone. It will encourage strong leaders, working together, to commit themselves to building a community that improves the well-being of all West Virginians.
The event will also feature these keynote speakers:
- Dr. Gail Christopher, Vice President for Policy and Senior Advisor, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
- Mike Wenger, author of "My Black Family, My White Privilege" and senior fellow at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, DC
- Dustin Washington, Director of the Community Justice Program with the American Friends Service Committee
Register for the event on the WV Center on Budget and Policy website.
It’s right around the corner! Make your reservations now for a fantastic Thanksgiving feast — prepared by Wellington’s Catering and Café. Plan to enjoy delightful dinner music provided by the Trillium Piano Trio of Parkersburg and the good company of friends and supporters of YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter.
Get a group together to attend the 28th Annual Thanksgiving Benefit Dinner to Aid the Homeless -- Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014 from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at St. George Orthodox Cathedral, corner of Lee and Court St. in downtown Charleston.
Tickets are $30 each; children under 10 attend free and it’s a beautiful way to help the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families. Special thank you to our sponsors: Wellington’s Catering and Café; Corey Brothers Produce; St. George Orthodox Cathedral and the City of Charleston.
- stay on this site and go to “events” - through Nov. 6
- call 304.205.6044 - through Nov. 7
- at the door on Nov. 9
About YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families:
We serve homeless single women, women with children, men with custody of their children, veterans and intact families. Embracing a philosophy of empowering each individual, the ultimate goal of YWCA Sojourner’s many comprehensive services is to ensure that individuals achieve long-term self-sufficiency in order to prevent future homelessness – and it’s working! In the last fiscal year, Sojourner’s maintained a five percent return-to-shelter rate, which is well below the national average.
YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter provided nearly 20,700 nights of shelter for 890 homeless children and adults (unduplicated), including 246 children, 291 single mothers, 186 single women, 48 couples with children, 34 couples without children and 3 single fathers. We also provided more than 70,000 nutritious meals.
• Crisis intervention and case management services
• Referral services to link clients to community agencies
• Outreach services for both residents and non-residents
• Supportive counseling (substance abuse and mental health)
• Housing opportunities and transportation assistance for work, appointments, etc.
• Pre- and post-natal counseling and referrals
• Children’s educational and enrichment programs, including computer classes, art classes, tutoring, drug-free education, supportive counseling, field trips and Children’s Homeless Outreach Program (CHOP)
• Education and Job Readiness Center, assisting participants through the education and career decision-making process. Some aspects of the program include job skills, GED preparation, computer classes, money management, self-esteem building and more.
• Counseling and Case Management, providing 8,397 hours of case management, connecting homeless adults and children to community resources, housing, transportation and job training/education. Results include 85% of residents finding and maintaining housing.
For more information about YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter, contact Program Director Margaret Taylor at 304.340.3553.