November 2016—Jeff Olivet, CEO, and Marc Dones, Associate of Equity Initiatives & Diversity, are conducting a training and participating in a community meeting addressing racism and homelessness in Dallas, TX from November 17-18 in partnership with Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
Olivet and Dones are training staff and leadership in the homeless service system on Thursday, November 17. The training provides tools for implementing anti-racism conversations and organizational change in homeless service agencies.
Olivet and Dones are presenting during “Hard Conversations: Racism and Homelessness,” a community meeting on November 18 at the J. Erik Johnson Central Public Library from 12:30-2 pm. The goals are to engage local stakeholders in a productive conversation about how racism drives homelessness and solicit input about ways the Dallas community can come together to address this issue.
The event and training kick-off SPARC activities in Dallas. SPARC is a 10-city initiative of the Center for Social Innovation to address racial equity in homelessness. SPARC activities include conducting qualitative and quantitative research, holding public discussions and forums, training providers and activists, and collaborating with leadership in systems of housing, health care, education, and criminal justice.
The Center for Social Innovation promotes best practices that improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people. We focus on complex public health problems such as homelessness, trauma, mental illness, and addiction. Using state-of-the-art research, training, and technology, we help individuals, agencies, and communities deepen the impact of their work.