inside Armstrong Hall, 14 E. Cache La Poudre St. (map)
The first Community Conversation, a new quarterly public forum on larger and sometimes divisive issues in Colorado Springs, will focus on homelessness in the downtown area.
Through Community Conversations, The Gazette will publish different viewpoints on a particular topic prior to the event, and then seek the community’s input.
At Community Conversations: The Homeless Divide, Colorado College President Jill Tiefenthaler will moderate a panel of community leaders including those directly involved with the issue of homelessness in Colorado Springs.
The panel will include:
- Suzi Bach, the wife of Mayor Steve Bach. Suzi Bach has been actively involved in the issue
- James Dixon, Marian House community outreach services supervisor
- Richard Skorman, co-owner of Poor Richard’s stores and restaurants downtown and a longtime community volunteer
- Bob Holmes, executive director of Homeward Pikes Peak
- M.J. Thomson and possibly other members of the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Team
- Sarah Stacy, director of the Resource Advocate Program, Springs Rescue Mission
The forum will be from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. It will be followed by small-group discussions facilitated by Food for Thought, a program of the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum that fosters civil discourse with a goal of respectful, curious, non-judgmental conversation.