For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court Hosts Community Conference on Homelessness

Community Partners to Address the Development of Permanent Homes for Homeless

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 8, 2009—On Thursday, January 29, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., community partners will gather in the Little Theatre on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus for “Places Called Home,” a conference on developing permanent homes for homeless individuals. Hear from those who have been part of the development of homes in Ocean County and other areas and about the organization, administration, regulations, funding, pitfalls, failures, and successes of group home style living.

The conference will begin with a welcome from MaryAnn Sorensen Allacci, Ph.D., of the Lakewood-based homeless advocacy group Mi Casa. Dr. Allacci also serves as a lecturer in social work and criminal justice, teaching a service learning class on housing and homelessness at Georgian Court. The welcome will be followed by an introduction to the need from Pastor Steve Brigham of the Lakewood Outreach Ministry. The main program will feature five expert presenters—Stacey Kindt on the Redeem-Her model, which provides housing for women re-entering society from prison; Steve Heisman on HABcore, which provides permanent and transitional supportive housing; Herb Levine on the Housing First model of Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness; Colin Lewis on the Oxford/Community Compass model for single residents; and John Kulesa on supportive housing and the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey. After the presentation, join the presenters and other attendees for networking and refreshments from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The conference is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by January 19 due to limited space. To RSVP, please call Maria Bertolini at 732.987.2369.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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