Topeka Community Conversation on Poverty

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Conversation starters

"If you are trying to transform a brutalized society into one where people can live in dignity and hope, you begin with the empowering of the most powerless." ~ Adrienne Rich

What science tells us about poverty - From Slate.comHigher education -- From Blog

“Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.” ― Russell H. Conwell

The importance of active fatherhood -- From Mother JonesMoving past privledge guilt -- From The Good Men Project

Join the Topeka Community Conversation on Poverty!

Encouraging a culture of collaboration

Thank you all for attending the inaugural Topeak Community Conversation on Poverty on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

More than 150 of us engaged in conversations about all facets of poverty in Topeka. Through small group work and whole group collaboration, we identified barriers and potential solutions.

Read the executive summary from the TCCOP.

Got questions?


Thank you for lending your voice

The list below includes all registered participants in the TCCOP, by order of registration, and, when provided, the agency they represent:

Mary Howell, Cindy Rosebrook: United Way of Greater Topeka │ Nicole Nesmith: Positive Connections │ Craig Harry, Emma Starkey: Heartland Visioning │ Carol Bradbury: Bloomerang Studios │ Jim Colson: City of Topeka │ Carole & Orion Jordan │ Vicki Seeger, Gary Manford: Kansas State Department of Education │ Martha Riddle │ Cheri Faunce: Kansas Volunteer Commission/Kansas Mentors │ Shelly Lowery: Let’s Help │ Kate Scarbrough │ Tammy Unruh, Jessica Everage: Shawnee County Department of Corrections │ Jannett Wiens, Paula Pratt, Liz Bonny, Julie Reid, Jessica Kejr, Angela Jeppesen, Kathrine Jennings: Harvesters The Community Food Network │ Deborah Weissbeck: Valeo Behavioral Health Care │ Janice Jones: K-State Research & Extension │ Karla Hedquist, Alice Weingartner, Tosha Jansen: Shawnee County Health Agency │ Kathryn Stroebele, Annie Berg: Washburn Tech│ Danielle Cottman │ Barbara LaClair │ Lindsey Spooner-Gabaldon: NAMI Kansas │ TJ Brown │ Jennifer Quinn: Silverbakks │ Nicole Henery │ Porscha Oesterreich: Family Service and Guidance Center │ Mary Akerstrom │ Lauren Beatty: Kansas Action for Children │ Marge Ahrens │ Sylvian Arceneaux │ Jamie Rogers: Department for Children and Families │ Loretta Ross: The Sanctuary Foundation │ Rhea Glenn │ Rosemary Menniger: Topeka Common Ground │ Kathy Johnson: TARC │ John Homlish: Community Action, Inc. │ Donna Walker: Washburn University Multicultural Affairs │ Lea Vincent, Deb Dolsky, Chris Bush: Topeka Moving Ahead Program-KLS │ Connie Stewart, Libby Tidwell, Christine Smith, Elizabeth West: Foster Grandparent Program of NE KS │ Renae Steuart: Meals on Wheels │ Patricia Joyce: Topeka Kansas Black Nurses Association | Keith Tatum | Bernadette Forge | Janie Jones | Davis Hammet, Amelia Markham: Washburn VISTA Planting Peace | Gloria Phenix | Sheyvette Dickens: PARS | Julie Ford: Topeka Public Schools | Mary Snyder | Lynne Crabtree: Housing and Credit Counseling Inc. | Tom Benaka | Heidi Hunt | Roseanna Haugen, Brad Reiff, Darin Scott, Warren Woodruff: City of Topeka Housing & Neighborhood Division | Joe Ledbetter | Joanne Smelser | Sondra Hall | Shawnette Bronson | Antonio Smith | Lisa Cain:  Doorstep, Inc.| Malissa Martin, Kim Brown: Communities In Schools of Mid-America | Eileen Caspers, Anita Curry, Mallory Jacobs, Sharon Boranyak :  Topeka Public Schools-USD 501 | Joshua Longbottom: Central Congregational Church | Hi Stockwell | Judy Rogers| Sue Smith: Lifeline Children's Services| Lindsey Fincham | Shanae Elem: Topeka JUMP | Claudine Dombrowski | Carrie Lancaster: First Christian Church | Annette Engroff: Bryan University | Phillip Watson | Anelisa Rodriguez, Taniqua Ramsey, Jessica Rankin, Alex Haines, Terreca, Ashanti Spears : Antioch Family Life Center | Jennifer Goetz: Silverbackks | April Ewing | Joe Cheray | Vernon White | Lazone Grays | Rebecca Phillips | Dawn Strecker | Connie Deedrick | Thelma Galvez | Gary Glunt | Timothy Armstrong |  Cealia Coleman | Brad Emerson | Jeff Fairbanks |Mekion Grant | Marcus Harrison | Sharon Mayfield | Jessica Mayo | Nikolaus Scales | Stacey Walton | Eric Harkness  | JoAnn Howley | Patricia Zimmerman | Elizabeth West |Jessica Everage | Sean Gatewood, Justin Van Blaricom: Kansas Health Consumer Coalition | Katherine Jennings: Harvesters | Penney Gisi, Bob Young: Let's Help | Beth McKay: Positive Connections |      

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Aired Wednesday, June 4, during the 4 p.m. news: Click to watch in a new window.

Special thanks to our scholarship sponsors
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Heartland Visioning is partnering with TCCOP to allow one person to attend the conversation free with every paid registration. Register today and bring a friend!

Learn more about Heartland Visioning's partnership with the TCCOPRegister now

Martha Riddle │ Carol Wright │ Michael Bradley │ Jannett Wiens: Harvesters The Community Food Network │ Loretta Ross: The Sanctuary Foundation │ Heidi Hunt