A first of its kind community conference designed to bring more clarity to the realities of homelessness in the Yuba-Sutter region will take place beginning February 16 in Marysville.
The two day Regional Conference on Homelessness, hosted by the Sutter Yuba Homeless Consortium, is intended to help attendees learn more about the challenges involved in addressing homelessness and also to participate in coming up with solutions. Topics include the homeless stigma, healthcare, culture, housing, obstacles, and solutions.
The conference will take place February 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. and February 17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Yuba County Government Center, 915 Eighth Street in Marysville. Members of the community are invited to attend and participate.
The conference, which carries a “Building Bridges, Closing Gaps” theme, will feature several regional specialists, including:
· Jennifer Loving and Ky Le, Destination: Home in Santa Clara County
·Doug Zeck, CEO of Fourth & Hope in Woodland
·Mark Schlutsmeyer, Psychologist with Yuba Sutter Behavioral Health
* Jen Douglas, Marysville Veterinary Hospital
· Dave Kugelman, Adventure Church in Yuba City
·Doctor Orchard, Rideout Health Emergency Department
· Ryan Loofburrow, CEO of Sacramento Steps Forward
Conference attendees will be able to tour local agencies, including The Salvation Army Depot Family Crisis Center, Twin Cities Rescue Mission, 14Forward and Hands of Hope. Participants may also register to help prepare dinner at the Twin Cities Rescue Mission. A special “Farm to Homeless Fork” lunch, prepared by John Nicoletti and the Yuba College Culinary Program, will be served on Friday. Each $15 lunch purchase includes a second lunch for a homeless person.
To register and for a complete schedule, go to www.syhomelessconsortium.org.