Two Events Highlight Issues of Poverty and Homelessness

Nov 13, 2015 | Kristi Lynch

The week of November 16 will offer a variety of experiential learning opportunities for University of Dubuque criminal justice and Christian ethics students; two events are also free and open to the public.


On Monday, November 16, there will be a public screening of the PBS documentary Poor Kids.  Filmed in the Quad Cities, Poor Kids explores poverty through the eyes of children.  Following the film there will be an opportunity for small-group discussion.  The screening will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the University Science Center, Room 105.


On Tuesday, November 17, students will host a public Homelessness Symposium in order to raise awareness about the particular struggles and opportunities for individuals in Dubuque who experience homelessness.  A panel of experts will discuss their work in the community, and the forum will be open to large-group discussion, questions, and ideas for how to positively contribute.  This informational and engaging event runs from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Charles and Romona Myers Center, Room 146. 


The panelists for the Symposium include:

Erin Reinicki, Hillcrest Family Services, Operation Home: Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Kate Brondyke, Hillcrest Family Services, Homeless Outreach Coordinator

Tim Trenkle and Jeff Lenhart, Dubuque Rescue Mission

Officer Lisa Latham, Dubuque Police Department

Steve Drahozal, JD, Iowa Public Defender’s Office


Donations of food and warm clothing will be collected at both events.