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Rising Above Poverty in Indianapolis:

An Evening Conversation with Tim Streett 

On Monday October 30, 2017, the Center co-hosted an event in Carmel, Indiana with The Policy Circle and Shepherd Community Center to learn about and discuss the issue of local poverty.   

After the opening dinner, Tim Streett gave a talk about Shepherd's comprehensive approach to supporting impoverished individuals and families in Indianapolis.

Streett is the Assistant Director of Shepherd Community ​and has a rich background in ministry and philanthropy. His teaching ministry focused on forgiveness is rooted in personal experience. As a fifteen-year-old, Tim witnessed the murder of his father during a random robbery. As an adult he reached out to establish relationships with each of the men convicted of the murder. One of those relationships grew into a friendship as Tim helped the man pursue his education and establish a successful life upon release from prison.

Streett's talk and the subsequent discussion focused on the non-financial assets people need to rise above poverty, such as support systems and a variety of internal tools that help individuals successfully navigate the world around them.

Many of the attendees plan to attend Poverty: A Community Responds, a panel discussion on poverty hosted by The Faith & Action Project at Christian Theological Seminary on November 8, 2017. One of the panelists is Matthew Desmond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City