Homelessness

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Homelessness

Homelessness in America is a “wicked problem” that reminds us daily of our failure to be our best.  How do we explain to children the presence of hungry, cold, neglected and often mentally ill men women and children on our streets in the midst of plenty?  Living Room Conversations are one opportunity to begin to build community and better understand the challenges and opportunities surrounding this problem.   If we gather neighbors, business owners, health care workers, police, government officials, homeless people and their families in conversation might we build trust and begin to explore opportunities to do better?  Conversations are admittedly only a starting point, but isn’t it time to start?

Rounds/Questions: The Living Room Conversation Starts Here

A Living Room Conversation flows through 5 rounds of questions and the closing. During some rounds, each question will be addressed. In other rounds, the multiple questions are intended as conversation starters and you need only respond to the one or two that matter the most to you. In the event the conversation wanders off track, we will refer to this Conversation Guide to get it back on track.

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?

  • What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values

Answer one or more of the following:

  • What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
  • What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
  • What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: Homelessness

Remember that the goal for this Living Room Conversation is for all of us to listen and learn about where we have different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals. Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • What has been your personal response to homeless people whom you’ve seen? Who do you think makes up the homeless population?        
  • What do you think is contributing to homelessness right now?
  • What do you expect from your city, county, state, or federal government with regard to homelessness?
  • What are your hopes with regard to homelessness in the future?

Round Four: Reflection

Answer one or more of the following questions:

  • In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
  • What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
  • Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps

Answer both of the following questions:

  • What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
  • Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?

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