Commit to Your Community: Homeless Shelter Secrets

Wednesday, January 137:00—8:30 PMONLINEBeebe Library345 Main Street, Wakefield, MA, 01880

Homeless Shelter Secrets: Understanding the Experiences of People Who are Homeless

The goal of this chapter, Act with Compassion, is to look at homelessness, an issue affecting Wakefield, as a way to examine the connection between understanding and compassion. Understanding is the key to compassion that helps us put our fears aside and tackle a problem like homelessness.

Ryan Dowd has spent most of his life working in a large homeless shelter outside Chicago. He will provide deep insights into homelessness, including:

  • How everything you think you know about empathy is wrong.
  • How the link between poverty and vocabulary creates a lot of unnecessary problems.
  • How poverty and trauma affect the brain.

Ryan Dowd has spent most of his career as Executive Director of Hesed House, a large homeless shelter outside of Chicago, Illinois. In addition to running the shelter, Ryan trains organizations around the world how to compassionately manage problematic behavior from troubled individuals. His book, The Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness was published by the American Library Association. Ryan is a licensed attorney and has a Master’s of Public Administration.

Capacity: 9 of 100 spaces available.

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