Facing Homelessness Portrait Opening Reception

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After more than a year of planning and preparation, the gallery exhibit of Facing Homelessness will open at the Springfield Art Association. The exhibit will run from January 4 – 23.

Helping Hands asked their clients and local artists (many of whom are members of SAA) to volunteer to be matched, and the artists created portraits of people experiencing homelessness in our community. It has been an incredible experience, and was meaningful for the clients, artists, and staff. Helping Hands thanks Betsy Dollar and the SAA for their partnership to make this event happen.

There is no cost to attend the reception, and no donation to Helping Hands will be requested. This exhibit is a Community Education event.

DSI Supports the Center for Health & Housing

The DSI Board of Directors, representing 150 business members in the downtown and adjacent neighborhoods, unanimously supports the proposed Center for Health and Housing.

It is true that Downtown Businesses are often the most adversely affected by the perceptions of visitors to a large homeless population. Yet what we believe is most compelling about the proposed Center is that it doesn’t just “move the problem around;” its approach will actually break the cycle of homelessness. This is a win for these individuals and a win for our community at large.

In addition, the Center makes sense fiscally, and will save our community thousands of dolalrs in emergency, police and other services. The selected site is located near other social agency resources and is within walking distance of the downtown hub where many individuals experiencing homelessness spend a considerable amount of time. The selected site has been vacant, there is no other tenant on the horizon, and it is perfectly suited for this purpose.

The Center for Health and Housing is a huge step forward for our community’s response to homelessness and we should embrace this opportunity to transform our approach.

To download our statement of support.

To follow the Center for Health and Housing on Facebook.

To educate yourself on the myths and stereotypes about people experiencing homelessness.

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