Free Discussion About Homelessness in Oregon

  • 01/19/2017
  • 7:00 PM
  • St. Helens Public Library


Homeless in the Land of Plenty: The January 19 event is part of Oregon Humanities’ statewide Conversation Project.

St. Helens, Ore. – Home is one of the most intimate places we can know. It’s a place that provides for and shapes our expression of security, identity, and even play. But an estimated 100 million people around the world lack shelter altogether, and as many as one billion lack adequate permanent housing. In the US, families with children are the fastest-growing segment of the homeless population. How does homelessness affect the lives of all people within a community? What does it mean for there to be masses of people who are not adequately housed?

This is the focus of “Homeless in the Land of Plenty,” a free conversation with Ryan Stroud on Thursday, January 19, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Helens Public Library. This program is hosted by the St. Helens Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Stroud is a storyteller and the founder and director of CommuniTalks, an applied storytelling project that leverages personal narrative to empower individual and social change. He holds an MS in conflict resolution and a BA in communication from Portland State University, and a Diploma with Honors in Mandarin Chinese from the Defense Language Institute. In 2013, he was awarded a Collaborative Governance Service Award from the National Policy Consensus Center for his facilitation work in the field of public policy.

The St. Helens Public Library strives to be a place where intelligent conversation and debate happen and potentially inspire positive change.  Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state's future.

Oregon Humanities (921 SW Washington, Suite 150; Portland, OR 97205) connects Oregonians to ideas that change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications, which include the Conversation Project, Think & Drink, Humanity in Perspective, Idea Lab, Public Program Grants, and Oregon Humanities magazine, can be found at Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.


For further information regarding this free community discussion, please contact Library Technician I Nicole Woodruff at 503-397-4544 or

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