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Claire Elizabeth Williams is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the New Leaf Project. Inspired to be a positive force for change, in 2015 she launched North America’s first direct giving project with people experiencing homelessness. Since that time, she has directed the organization’s growth and development and built a culture of courage, compassion and impact. She has executed a fruitful partnership program of community stakeholders and secured significant funds for their operations. Today, NLP is taking bold action to create a positive impact on an individual’s life at precisely the time they need it most.

Rob Santel has a background as a social worker and has worked with the homeless in our community for a long time. Currently he is the Director of Client Services of Cross Lines, an organization which for more than 50 years, supported by a network of businesses, churches and individuals, has provided a daily safety net of services for at-risk families, the elderly and individuals.

Marqueia Watson, MSW with concentration on Welfare- Anti-Homelessness Strategies and Solutions. She is Director of Programs and Interim Executive Director at The Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness. Hailing from Los Angeles, California, home to one of the largest year-round homeless populations in the U.S., she recalls from childhood feeling a sense of moral urgency to do something about this human rights crisis. This sentiment has been a driving force in both her personal and professional endeavors and was her primary motivation to become a social worker. As a homeless advocate, Marqueia’s goal is to engage community partners in open and honest dialogue about the conditions that cause homelessness and real-world strategies to end it.

Topic: Homelessness in Our Community: Are There Solutions?

Time: Jan 14, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Magda Born

Community Services Librarian

Kansas City, Kansas Public Library

625 Minnesota Ave.

Kansas City, KS 66101 913-295-8250 ext 1103