2015 Winter Studies Shadow

Morning Session | 9:45  - 10:45 a.m. | The Atrium
Lunchtime Session | 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. | Taylor Conference Rm.

Did you know that over 20,000 women, men, and children experience homelessness in Atlanta each year?
Do you wonder what happens in Central Outreach & Advocacy Center each day?
Are you concerned that our legislators aren’t doing more to support those in poverty?

Join us for four Sundays in January 2015, as together we will hear from experts,learn about possibilities and realities, and be inspired to more faithful service with our neighbors.

January 4

Morning session: A Day in Central Outreach & Advocacy Center. Leaders: Kimberly Parker, Executive Director; Alicia Wilson, Director of Case Management; and Ann Hunter, volunteer

Through dynamic and participatory learning models, you will experience what happens in Central OAC on a typical day. The acted-out scenarios will be followed by a group discussion.

Lunchtime session: What are other Atlanta-area churches doing about homelessness? Leaders: Michael Lloyd and David York, Central members and OAC volunteers

Representatives from faith communities throughout Metro Atlanta will join us to discuss their responses to homelessness.

January 11

Morning session: The state of homelessness in metro Atlanta.Leaders: Jack Hardin, Co-Chairman of Atlanta Regional Commission on Homelessness, and Bill Matson, Executive Director of the Pathways Community Network

Experts will share current information regarding homelessness in our metro area.

Lunchtime session: Perspectives from people who have experienced homelessness. Leader: Marshall Rancifer, Central member and community advocate

This session will offer attendees a chance to hear personal stories from people who have experienced homelessness.

January 18

Morning session: The "three-legged stool" of housing for those experiencing homelessness: shelters, transitional, and permanent. Leader: Jon Toppen, Managing Principal at Tapestry Development Group, an affordable housing non-profit

Attendees will hear about the state of housing for those experiencing homelessness in Atlanta and future possibilities.

Lunchtime session: Central's active ministry of hospitality with those experiencing homelessness around the church. Leaders: Members of the Central Working Group on Homelessness

In recent months, a group of Central members has been engaged in building community with people around the church who are experiencing homelessness – largely through coffee and conversation on Sunday mornings in the courtyard in front of the Oglesby Building. Attendees will hear of the experiences of those involved in this effort and join a discussion about how to build relationships.

January 25

Morning session: Government: possibilities for systemic change.Leader: Elizabeth Appley, Public Policy Advocate for Central OAC and Presbyterians for a Better Georgia

Attendees will learn about actions that the State Legislature (and the City of Atlanta) might take over the course of the new year that could impact homelessness in our area and how we can support widespread changes that will benefit all Georgians.

Lunchtime session: How should Central better engage? Leader: Anthony Damelio, Resident Pastor

Based on what we’ve learned about the state of homelessness in this city, what should our homelessness ministries look like? What visions or dreams do you have? Let’s make a plan and get to work.