Speakers: Darlene Sowell, CEO of Neighborhood Houses, and Mariesha Martin, director of Girls Night Out
Location: The Mercy Center, 2013 Geyer Rd., 63131 - 6:00 p.m.
We will continue our December tradition of having a party with a purpose. This year we'll learn about the Girls Night Out program, which is designed to promote healthy adolescent development and address mental health issues prevalent among the young mothers who are served by Neighborhood Houses. In this program, young mothers, age 13 to 22, are supported and helped in a variety of ways as they learn how to become good moms and ways to balance work, school and family. To learn more about Girls Night Out and Neighborhood Houses, go to www.neighborhoodhouses.org.
Please help us support these young mothers by bringing a package of diapers to the party, or a contribution that will help them purchase diapers for their children. Checks can be made out to "Neighborhood Houses" with "diapers" in the memo line.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
The Justice Gap
Speakers: Daniel K. Glazier, executive director and general counsel, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and
Thomas Harvey, co-founder and executive director of Arch City Defenders
Eighty percent of the legal needs of the poor go unmet. A number of factors impact this unequal access to justice, including increasing demand for services and lack of sufficient funding for legal representation. This program will explore the kinds of services that are provided and delve into what more is needed so that "justice for all" can become a reality in this country.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
The Incredible Shrinking Middle Class
Mark Rank, PhD, Herbert S. Hadley professor of social welfare at Washington University
Robert A. Soutier, president of the Greater St. Louis Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Mary Ann McGivern, writer and founder of the Peace Economy Project
Moderator: The Rev. Rudy Pulido
America is one of the richest, most technologically advanced nations on the planet. However, the typical American household enjoys a standard of living no higher today than its counterpart 25 years ago, and the level of poverty is about the same. As the costs of maintaining a middle-class lifestyle have increased, the gap between the rich and other Americans has widened.
This program will explore what has happened to the middle class in America and why, and the ways that this "new normal" is a danger sign for us as individuals and as a nation.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
From Abuse to Independence
Speakers: Michelle Schiller-Baker, executive director, St. Martha's Hall, and
Bridget McDermott Flood, executive director, Incarnate Word Foundation
Domestic violence is a complex issue. It may affect our mothers, our sisters, our children, our friends. It may even affect us, directly or indirectly. It extends beyond the confines of class, economic status, education, religion and culture, and impacts societies throughout the world. Michelle Schiller-Baker, executive director of St. Martha's Hall, works closely with these women and this issue. She will discuss not only the visible wounds of domestic violence, but the hidden damages as well. Bridget McDermott Flood, executive director at the Incarnate Word Foundation, will present a new way to support victims of domestic violence through micro-lending services for women as they make the journey from abuse to independence.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Safe And Sound: Smart Strategies To Protect Children From Gun Violence
Speaker: James A. Mercy, PhD, director of global activities, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA
This will be a major community forum focusing on gun violence as a public health problem which disproportionally affects low-income children of color.
Time, location and names of panelists will be announced soon.