The Origins Project Learning Tour: Community Care & Development (July 23rd)
The inaugural Origins Event is only a few days away!
As a part of this great weekend, I have the privilege of hosting a FREE learning tour on Friday July 23rd. Whether or not you’re registered for the Origins Event, you’re welcome to participate in this tour.
This learning tour is designed for those currently working with or desiring to work with their cities in community development and local care. We will be learning best practices from city leaders and organizations that have a proven track record of care. We will be visiting several locations throughout the day to see first hand the kind of work that is making lasting impact.
Guest Guides & Speakers Include:
- Joel John Roberts is the CEO of PATH, a national nonprofit organization which helps communities across the US integrate homeless support services with permanent, affordable housing. A 15 year human services professional, Mr. Roberts’ efforts have focused on re-shaping community responses to poverty, housing and homelessness. A focus that emphasizes grass-roots solutions, measurable outcomes, and the engagement of cross-sector partnerships.
- Chad Mayer is the Executive Director of ShareFest, a community development organization in the South Bay & Harbor Areas of Southern California that has mobilized over 30,000 volunteers to do over $6 million in community development work. In addition, ShareFest provides year round programming for youth to help them succeed in school and in life.
- Michael Mata is the Urban Development Director for World Vision and has extensive experience in urban-related programs on the congregational level, as well as ecumenical and interfaith levels. Michael’s skills and expertise lie in developing practical approaches to faith-based community development, congregational redevelopment, transcultural ministry, and community conflict transformation. His research interests include social-cultural analysis of the urban landscape and assessing the social ecology of religious institutions in urban communities.
Schedule for the Learning Tour:
10:00am – 10:40am | Welcome and Introduction to the Learning Tour
10:40am – 11:00am | Travel to PATH
11:00am – 12:00pm | Tour and Talk Back with Joel John Roberts (Topic: Innovative Solutions to Homelessness)
12:00pm – 12:15pm | Travel to Lunch Location
12:15pm – 1:40pm | Lunch Conversation with Chad Mayer (Topic: Best Practices for Community Development)
1:40pm – 2:00pm | Travel to Fred Jordan Missions
2:00pm – 5:00pm | Walking Tour with Michael Mata
Walking Tour Description: Learn a tool to exegete (interpret) any urban community by simply walking and observing key clues (like graffiti, billboards, trash, paint color). We will walk downtown Los Angeles, arguably one of the first postmodern metropolises, from Skid Row to the Financial District learning the history, its current challenges and getting a glimpse into its future by “reading” the built environment. Prepare to get a new “set of lenses” to read your community.
5:00pm – 7:00pm | Street Celebration on Skid Row with Origins Team
Interested in Participating?
As mentioned, this tour is absolutely FREE! Nevertheless, we ask that you RSVP your interest to Paul Kim by clicking here by Wednesday July 21st.