“Finding a Voice” for Homelessness in Omaha

Posted: February 2, 2011 in Events
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The following is an event posted on MACCH’s Listserve.

What is it like to be a homeless person? Why are people homeless?

Omaha Public Library (OPL), in collaboration with University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health Interprofessional Service Learning Academy (IP-SLA) and the Siena/Francis House (SFH), is helping put a face to homelessness in Omaha.

Throughout February, the Michael Phipps Gallery at the W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., will feature “Finding a Voice,” an art exhibit by Chris Leet and Jeremiah Neal. There will be an opening reception and panel discussion on homelessness on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Chris Leet was born in Omaha in 1973. He has been an artist most of his life, creating album covers and concert posters. Leet was completing his drug recovery program and living at the shelter when he re-discovered himself through the “Finding a Voice” project, an inter professional collaboration that links health care, social work and communication students with people who are homeless and are receiving services at SFH. Leet is now a dean’s list student at Metropolitan Community College.

Jeremiah Neal was a homeless guest at SFH. While battling with addiction and other personal struggles, Neal was encouraged by SFH staff to embrace his artistic talent and has created art that has attracted positive attention in our community.

Both artists are sober, living independently in Omaha, and working to empower other homeless people to find their voice and start new journeys.

The panel discussion on homelessness and transformation will include eight panelists with unique perspectives on the project and its implications:
Nancy Farris, College of Nursing UNMC; Terry Johnson, case manager at SFH; Andrea Laccheri, University of Nebraska at Omaha doctoral student; Chris Leet, artist; Ruth Margalit, IP-SLA director; Jerry Neal, artist; Rita Paskowitz, professional storyteller; and Mike Saklar, executive director of SFH. Gary Wasdin, Omaha Public Library executive director, will moderate the panel discussion.

For information visit: omahalibrary.org
or Contact:
Emily Getzschman @ 402.444.4896, egetzschman@omahalibrary.org
Or Linda Trout, 402.444.4838, ltrout@omahalibrary.org

  1. We are sending a FREE copy of our finished movie ‘Maddy’ about a bag lady living on the street to anyone who wants one. A family movie with the gospel message. If you want a copy I’ll need your full address. We are in the USA so tell us your country also. God bless. Devon Leesley, producer, YET productions. P.S. You may make copies for distribution but please do not charge. Thanks. gobigred3@cox.net 712-328-2427

    To read article about the film click http://www.omaha.com/article/20110122/NEWS02/701229950/-1

    See our trailers.


    Filmed in Omaha/Council Bluffs

    If you want to make a donation, please make check out to Devon Leesley. But please do NOT feel obligated. Thanks. God bless.

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    PTM eUpdate

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