Spalding University to Host Dr. Jim O’ Connell

On September 19, Spalding University’s School of Social Work, will host national speaker Dr. Jim O’Connell, president of Boston Health Care for the Homeless, as part of the one year anniversary celebration for Rx:Housing – 100K Homes/Louisville.

Dr. Jim O’Connell, president of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, helped found BHCHP in 1985, after completing his residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Nationally recognized as one of the preeminent experts on homelessness and healthcare, Dr. O’Connell lectures extensively and publishes widely. He is the editor of the Manual of Communicable Diseases in Shelters – one of the most widely used texts on homeless healthcare.

The local movement, Rx:Housing – 100K Homes/Louisville, organized by Coalition for the Homeless, represents Metro Louisville’s effort to help our most vulnerable homeless citizens move to permanent housing. Last year, on September 19, 20, and 21, 2011, the Coalition for the Homeless organized a group of over 100 volunteers, including Spalding President Tori Murden McClure as well as Spalding students, faculty and staff, to interview homeless persons on the streets in Louisville as part of the national 100K Homes Campaign—a national effort that aims to help 100,000 homeless Americans at risk of dying on the streets to move to permanent housing by July 2013.

The anniversary celebration is a way to update the community on Louisville’s progress (one year post assessment) and to provide interested volunteers with a better understanding of the efforts of Rx:Housing – 100K Homes/Louisville.

Time: Thursday, September 19, 2012 at 5 p.m. – 7p.m.

Location:  Spalding’s University Center Auditorium, 824 S. Fourth Street

This event is free and open to the public but reservation is required.

Please send an email to nharris@louhomeless.org or by call and leave your name at 636-9550 x 11.