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World Homeless Day Summit Will Discuss Realities and Solutions to Spokane’s Homelessness

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Our community faces growing challenges around the topic of homelessness, and the Union Gospel Mission, Family Promise, and Adult & Teen Challenge have partnered together to host a summit on World Homeless Day to discuss the realities of homelessness and solutions available.

The summit will take place on Oct. 10, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 322 N Spokane Falls Court.

“We mark World Homeless Day to remember that our neighbors experiencing homelessness are real people, created by God for a greater purpose than mere survival on the streets,” according to the UGM webpage about the event. “In light of the growing debate about our community response to homelessness, we invite one and all to consider what it really means to help, and to embrace solutions that promote real change.”

Speakers at the summit and their topics will be:

  • Tyson West, executive director of Adult & Teen Challenge—”Mercy of Consequences”
  • Dr. Mark Baird, clinical psychologist in field of trauma and Whitworth University assistant professor—”Car Alarm in the Brain”
  • Ed and Gail Stevenson, founders of Life Recovery Solutions—”Effects of Addiction”
  • Joe Ader, executive director of Family Promise of Spokane—”Restored Community”
  • John Repsold, founder and senior pastor of Mosaic Fellowship—”Relief vs. Development”
  • Phil Altmeyer, executive director of Union Gospel Mission—”Enabling vs. Empowering”

In addition to the summit, UGM will spend time earlier in the day to form groups that will hold signs at busy intersections. They want to do this to promote the idea that homeless people are people first, unique individuals created in the image of God, with the goal of offering them a better life than panhandling.

Individuals interested in participating will meet at UGM, from 8 a.m.-noon, to form groups and get intersection assignments. Call 509-535-8510 or email info@uniongospelmission.org to sign up.

If you are interested in attending the summit or want more information, visit UGM’s World Homeless Day registration link.

Cassy Benefield

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Cassandra Benefield mostly goes by Cassy (pronounced like Cassie but spelled with a 'y'). She is a wife and mommy, who married at the age of 37 and had her baby girl just shy of 39. She has moved around all her life, first as an Army brat. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer to Romania where she taught Conversational English, Modern Literature, Creative Writing, U.S. Culture, U.S. Geography, and U.S. History (the last two subjects she was so not qualified to teach!). She is a Journalism major from Cal Poly Technical University in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She finds much comfort in her Savior, Jesus Christ, and considers herself a Bible nerd who is prone to buy more theology books than she is ever able to read. Morro Bay, California, is her favorite place on earth ... with the exception of being in the center of God's will. From time to time, you will find her writing devotions on her blog underhisshadow.blogspot.com.

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