Healing Communities training

Event Date: September 8, 2017 at 8:30 am Event Location: Kepler Theater, Hagerstown Community College, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown

Bester Community of Hope is excited to announce the next training in their series focused on trauma informed strategies for the community!  See the flier below regarding an exciting event they are hosting this Fall with two dynamic speakers and a panel of regional leaders.  Focusing on the principles of unconditional care, this event will demonstrate how communities can use the power of connection and trust to achieve positive shared outcomes and stronger neighborhoods.

Featured Speaker: Father Gregory Boyle

The Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, CA. From 1986 to 1992, Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles, located between two large public housing projects with the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. He witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during what he has called “the decade of death” that began in the late 1980s. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. He is the subject of Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary “G-Dog,” and in 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change.

Group discounts are available through HARC ($25 vs. $39); contact Kathy Powderly at kathy.harc@gmail.com for more info.

The last two events/trainings sold out prior to the day of the event, don’t wait to get your tickets! Feel free to forward to others you believe would benefit, registration is now open at www.besterhope.org



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