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ChurchWest Event: Effective Homeless Ministry
April 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Homelessness in Orange County is a crisis. The Orange County Supervisors have rescinded a plan to create emergency homeless shelters. Many of the people affected will be turning to churches.
Please plan to have someone from your church attend our ‘Effective Homeless Ministry’ meeting on April 14th. At this free event you’ll:
• Gain a better understanding of the situation
• Learn from other churches on what they are currently doing
• Hear from other churches about what works and what doesn’t and share your own experiences
• Understand how your church can discern how you can plan to assist
• Recognize the liability of serving people experiencing homelessness, and how to effectively serve people experiencing homelessness while minimizing the risks involved
Too often we hear that churches are concerned about the liability that is created when reaching out to people experiencing homelessness. There is a wrong way to do it that does expose the church, but there is a right way to do it as well.
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
The event will run from 9:00 a.m. until Noon and will be followed by an optional lunch where you’ll be able to connect with other church leaders looking to serve people experiencing homelessness in Orange County. We hope that this will be an opportunity for collaboration and partnership among the churches to find effective ways to minister to this community.
About Our Speaker:
This event will be led by Kelley Cutler. Kelley is a Human Rights Organizer at the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco. She has specialized in the field of social work for over 15 years and works with faith based communities to initiate innovated and sustainable approaches to unite diverse groups in the community to better car for marginalized populations. Throughout her career, she has worked in direct service, as well as social justice in our community, through advocacy and community organizing to address the systemic, root causes of socio-economic problems that affect many people.
Kelley Cutler’s research on the social stigma of poverty in our culture has led her to see the important role faith communities have in creating significant change because of their focus on the dignity of the person and the inherent value of being human.
Kelley Cutler serves on the Board of Directors at Hospitality House for Program & Policy, the Homeless Advisory Board for San Francisco Police Department, the San Francisco Interfaith Council Annual Homeless Memorial Board and the San Francisco Local Homeless Coordinating Board.
All attendees will receive sample safe planning documents for 10 different homeless ministries that they can launch at their church.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. Psalm 40:2