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December 19, 2017 - Ending Homelessness: What Successful Communities Do Differently


Cathedral Church of St. Paul (across from Park Street T station)
138 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111


A Faith that Does Justice (AFTDJ) is pleased to welcome Rosanne Haggerty and Fr. J. Bryan Hehir to our second Community Meeting. Both MacArthur Foundation Fellows, Ms. Haggerty and Fr. Hehir have decades of experience in the public sector, combining their passions for addressing social issues with unique strategies to unify communities. Fr. Hehir will interview Ms. Haggerty as she describes what successful communities do differently to end homelessness. Together, they will discuss the challenges related to homelessness in the United States.

The discussion will include remarks from AFTDJ founder and director, Peter W. Gyves SJ, MD, as well as insights from an individual who has experienced homelessness. This special night will also include smaller group discussions after the conclusion of the talk and a Q&A session with the speakers.

Guest Speaker - Rosanne Haggerty, an American community developer and leader

In 1990, Ms. Rosanne Haggerty founded the Common Ground Community, a place that created research based practices to end homelessness, as well as developing supportive housing communities. In 2011, Haggerty, and her senior team from Common Ground Community, founded Community Solutions, where she is President and Chief Executive Officer. Haggerty has won numerous awards for her philanthropic endeavors including the Jane Jacobs medal for New Ideas and Activism from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2012.

Ms. Rosanne Haggerty

Interviewer - Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Secretary for Social Services for the Archdiocese of Boston

Fr. Hehir is Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School. Previously, Fr. Hehir was President of Catholic Charities USA, helping to promote social charity amongst the Catholic communities in the United States. He has also served on the faculty of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and at Harvard Divinity School, including three years as the Chair of the school’s Executive Committee. Some of his accolades include the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion and the Kennedy School’s Carballo Award for excellence in teaching.

Rev. Bryan Hehir
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