Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sleep Out 2013

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2013

 This week, members of Faces of Homelessness are busy speaking to area colleges and universities about the injustice of homelessness and poverty. The Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau challenges myths and sterotypes about homelessness year-round, but this week we work tirelessly in partner with Housing Our Neighbors, students from area colleges and universities, people experiencing homelessness, and other advocates to raise awareness of the symptoms of growing poverty and inequality and enlist community members in the fight to end homelessness.

Join us for the Sleep Out for Housing Justice this Saturday, November 23rd--the culminating event of this years' National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week!
  • 5pm Rally at McKeldin Square (Light & Pratt Streets in the Inner Harbor) followed by a march to City Hall
  • 6-9pm Event programming at City Hall (100 Holliday Street)
 There will be a free hot dinner for all, a distribution of donated winter coats and sleeping bags to people experiencing homelessness. The night will include a series of speakers and break out sessions on the current state of homelessness, why it persists, and what we can do to break the cycle.

  • 9pm on Sleep Out


Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Everyone has a story. Everyone deserves to go home.

Greeting friends of The Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau,

I am writing to thank you for your interest and partnership with the Speaker’s Bureau. We are always grateful for the opportunity to help people better understand homelessness by allowing us to share our personal stories about life on the streets.

This not only brings to light the misconceptions and misinformation about homelessness, but also helps people that have experienced homelessness understand the issues and events that led them to homelessness and often reminds them of the struggle and hard work it takes to return to stable housing.

We have new members of the bureau who are eager to share their story and also have the veterans of the bureau. We are very active and wish to remind you that we are available for any type of group or event where people are interested in learning about the issues of homelessness and poverty.
If you would like to host a panel of speakers at your school or organization, please fill our our event information form.

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- Mark Schumann

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Please Join us for I AM: A NIGHT OF MONOLOGUES.

I Am: A Night of Monologues will feature a series of impassioned stories, spoken word poetry, and heartfelt anecdotes about the impact of prejudice on our communities and the power of the human spirit to overcome unimaginable odds. Told by local speakers and advocates who have experienced homelessness, I Am challenges us to see beyond conventional stereotypes that pull us apart and to recognize the awe inspiring humanity that lies within every living person.

All Ticket sales will benefit the Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau and the YES Drop In Center. For Tickets, contact Vanessa Borotz: vborotz@hchmd.org/443.703.1349 OR purchase tickets online by clicking here: https://www.wepay.com/events/night-of-monologues-2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Incredible Power of Housing

Lanny was homeless for nearly 10 years when he final got housing thanks to the Housing First model. When asked what it felt like to have a home he said, "It made me feel human again." To suffer so greatly that one feels less than human is tragedy of unspeakable magnitude. Fortunately, proven solutions like Housing First exist which can end this suffering. Watch this video by filmmaker and homeless advocate Mark Horvath to learn more about Housing First and to see how housing can revolutionize the life of someone like Lanny by reaffirming their humanity.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Baltimore Injustice Walk

Baltimore's Speakers' Bureau has been hard at work developing a new presentation called the Injustice Walk: a presentation that exposes the harsh inequalities that exist in and around Baltimore's wealthy downtown district. Speakers take students and community members on a guided walk past several notable landmarks of the homeless community and offer many breathtaking insights into the reality of being homeless in Baltimore. This is a perfect opportunity for volunteers, aspiring social workers, or simply curious community members to see the City from an entirely new perspective. Students and faculty who are interested in organizing alternative spring break trips should also consider this unique and visceral learning experience.

Contact us now with questions or to begin organizing a walking presentation with the Speakers' Bureau.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tony Simmons on Being an Advocate

Tony Simmons is a full-time advocate for Baltimore's homeless community. His passion for social justice is never ending and his words are always urgent and inspiring. Check out this video to hear his thoughts on what it's like to be a speaker in the movement to end homelessness.