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everybody has a story.

faces of homelessness

The standard Faces of Homelessness presentation includes a short film clip about homelessness, up to three homeless/ formerly homeless panelists, and a moderator to facilitate discussion. Presentations typically follow the outline below: • Greetings and introduction • Statistics and stereotypes • Video Presentation • Panelists share their experiences • Questions and Answers • Ways YOU can get involved

As a panelist, you would typically speak for 10 to 15 minutes. The length of the presentation is dependent on: the type of audience, the time allotted, and the number of speakers requested. Some panelists share about their lives before they became homeless, what life was or is like as a homeless man or woman, what they are doing now, and their hopes and dreams for the future. Others discuss what they have seen, their opinions on poverty and homelessness, and what actions they feel should be taken.

“There exists no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” -Maya Angelou

everybody has a story.

contact information: phone: 404.215.6617 website: Program Coordinators: Elementary through High Schools: Tiffany Barclay Claudine Forbes Colleges and Universities: Molly Williams Religious Organizations: Eryn Dalley-Demby Community and Adult Groups: Brad McKinley

Who Can Speak?

Why Should You Speak?

To become a speaker:

Violence Against The Homeless

• You must have experienced homelessness - currently or formerly • You must be able to travel to speaking engagements (transportation is provided) • You must be willing to share your personal story with various audiences

Since 1999, 774 homeless men and women have been violently attacked by housed individuals. These attacks range from general harassment to kicking, setting fire to, beating, and even decapitating homeless men and women. 217 of these attacks resulted in the death of an unhoused individual.

Speaker Training

It is imperative that preventative measures are taken to stop the violence against the homeless. Communities must understand that homelessness is more complex than we would like to imagine and that those experiencing homelessness are human beings. Your story could change the lives of others in your community- both housed and homeless.

Each speaker in the bureau will go through a training. Trainings are held every Friday at 1:00 pm at The Gateway Center on 275 Pryor Street. During the training session you will learn: • How to tell your story to different age groups • How to overcome stage fright • Appropriate speaking techniques for large and small audiences • How to deal with difficult or offensive audience members • How to tell and tailor your story • And much more! After the training, you will be prepared to speak to churches, summer camps, middle and high schools, colleges and universities, private schools, and community groups.

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Faces of Homelessness Speakerʼs Bureau The mission of the Faces of Homelessness Speakerʼs Bureau is to increase public awareness about the realities of homelessness.

Awareness is the first step toward change. Public perceptions and attitudes toward men and women experiencing homelessness must shift if positive, long-term solutions are to be realized. Without individual awareness, homelessness will continue to be viewed merely as an abstract social problem rather than an urgent, close-hitting issue that demands a commitment to solutions. The National Coalition for the Homeless’s Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau is designed to educate communities about homelessness and the steps we can all take to reach a solution. All of the speakers in the bureau are homeless or formerly homeless men and women. Being a member of the Bureau provides the opportunity to become a confident, trained public speaker, to network in your community, and inspire a change in the public opinions about homelessness. Sharing your story is one of the most influential and powerful steps you can take to help bring an end to homelessness in Atlanta and across the country. This project is supported by AmeriCorps*VISTA and is a joint project of The Gateway Center and the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Recruitment Brochure  

A description of how to become a speaker on the bureau