Thursday, October 07, 2010

Joan ~ On Upcoming Sacramento County Forum on Homelessness

10/07-2010~Gracias Sister Joan~

I plan to be there on October 12th. On September 1st I was Laid Off from Salvation Army because of Sacra County Cutbacks without any kind of prior notice by Director Elizabeth Hudson after Four Years of service at the Emergency Shelter on 1200 North B Street.

I have definite ideas and viewpoints about the homeless shelter system here in Sacramento ~in fact, about the whole homeless matrix.

Ultimately this whole field of helping homeless involves a lot more than housing, though housing first should be a priority. We need to look at the whole field of humane development: educating the people about life skills ~including relevant job training; how to retain housing once it is obtained; healthy relationships; drug free life styles; how to work the system in positive ways and a whole range of humane development issues.

The whole system needs to be restructured. Obviously the ways we are doing it now do not work. There needs to be a close examination of staff development. Those who work in the homeless shelter system must themselves have a high level of empathy and personal commitment to helping impoverished people, not be arrogant.

In short. a lot of work needs to be done and pertinent related issues in question must be addressed. Fall is here and Winter is coming.

Unidos Venceremos! United We Will Win!

PETER S. LOPEZ AKA: Peta-de-Aztlan
Sacramento, California

"An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come."
~ Victor Hugo


From: "Joan Burke, Loaves & Fishes" <>
To: Peter <>
Sent: Wed, September 29, 2010 9:31:06 AM
Subject: You're Invited to a Sacramento County Forum on Homelessness

Dear Friend of Loaves & Fishes,


You're invited to a Forum on Homelessness at California State University Sacramento. See invitation and announcement below. Hope to see you there.


Joan Burke

Director of Advocacy

Loaves & Fishes


Dear Invited Guest,


We need only to pick up the Bee to see how our community has been impacted by the ongoing economic crisis and the elimination of state, county, and city-funded resources to deal with the "fall out" from lost jobs, homes, and services. From child protection to senior lunches, from student enrollment to indigent health clinics, its impact is system-wide and devastating.


To bring the Sacramento community into the dialogue about the impact of the recession, and to assist us in analyzing, educating, and responding, we are bringing to California State University at Sacramento, the Sacramento Community Homeless Forum (SCHF). The SCHF will offer a unique opportunity to hear from homeless leaders, the emerging voices of the very poor who are organizing around their basic needs, as well as the front-line service providers, the business community, academic experts, and local law enforcement.


The homeless activists themselves will describe their experiences and struggles, and in particular their local campaign for a non-violent, alcohol and drug free community which is being planned for the purpose providing stability, shelter, and dignity for those now living in the street and along the rivers.


We would like to invite you to attend and participate, as well as request your assistance in publicizing the SCHF to others in the community, at your church or your place of employment.


The SCHF will be held on the CSUS campus on October 12, 2010, 1:00-5:00pm, in the Student Union, Redwood Room. Parking instructions will be available at the information booth at the CSUS J Street entrance.


Please RSVP for this free event at and let us know how many will be attending with you.


            The program will feature guest speakers and two discussion panels consisting of Sacramento community leaders from academic and policy making organizations, as well as, social service providers and leaders of the homeless community. You will hear about the historical perspective of homelessness in Sacramento, see a special film of Sacramento's Tent City that was prepared for a special study of the United Nations on affordable housing issues, and there will be extensive opportunity for Q and A with the panelists.


I can be reached at 916-769-8877 for any additional information. Go to the Loaves & Fishes Homeless Forum page for more information and to download a flyer.



 Steve Watters, SCHF Event Organizer

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