The root cause of addiction and or homelessness is
broken relationships, broken families,
broken community, broken hearts.
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Thank you  to all who attended last Sunday’s breakout session on housing.  I have tabulated all 60 of the cards I received and written a summary of the 3x5 card feedback, highlights of the discussion, posted photos and the audio recordings here, if you would like to revisit any of those things.

Overall, I am pleased with the thoughts and feelings that were stirred to the surface during the breakout, evidenced by the many people who engaged in conversation before leaving the room. 

I understand if sitting around is not your thing, and you want to simply make an impact as soon as possible, so here it is: opportunities to volunteer:
Spread the word! The Eugene Public Library is hosting a volunteer fair with a focus on addressing homelessness on Thurs., Nov. 14, 6:00 to 7:30 at the Downtown Library. Come meet representatives of local nonprofits and government agencies, find out about their services, and learn about volunteer opportunities and other ways to support this crucial work.
Most of us feel the urgency of “the last 4 seconds of the game,” and I believe this is precisely the time when we need to take a time out, not rush around. Seriously. If you’re not sure about this, and want some more information about the importance of weaving together the existing networks of people wanting to help before launching a strategy, watch this 8-minute video

I am looking for volunteers to transform the mindset which holds homelessness in place. I want partners in doing outreach across the sectors of our community and to assist with convening facilitated conversations among them that reveal unconscious bias, the kind of bias that leads to NIMBY attitudes. I want to build that sense of belonging and connection that is so important for collaboration across all boundaries and win-win solutions. Please RSVP if this interests you. 

"This is NOT an
us against them

~ Richard Self.
Take a look at this raw, uncut breaking news video of a meeting of Wake Up Eugene on Nov. 7. Rick Dancer facilitated and recorded, KEZI and other cameras were there. Kudos to Richard for his articulate bravery in speaking, as well as Simone and Otis. What's needed is acknowledgement that everyone has a piece of the truth and if we can set aside our egos long enough to see into each other, there's a good chance a collaborative solution will emerge from conversations like this. 
Thanks for reading! ~~ David Hazen

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