Rising Above Poverty in Indianapolis:
An Evening Conversation with Tim Streett
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.