Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m.
June 19, July 10, 24, and August 7
Did you know that in Charles County alone more than 7% of the population lives at or below the poverty line, and 25% are in danger of falling into poverty and becoming homeless? It doesn’t and shouldn’t be this way.
Join us this summer as we deepen our understanding of the nuances of poverty, homelessness, and ways to foster systemic change. Adults will read and discuss Matthew Desmond’s Evicted and hear from local leaders working to address the crisis of affordable housing. The children’s program will focus on what it means to be a good neighbor. More information on both programs can be found below.
ADULT PROGRAM: BOOK DISCUSSION
In vivid, intimate prose, MacArthur Genius Grant winner Matthew Desmond reveals the devastating and cyclical nature of eviction and homelessness on a person’s credit, morale, education, worth, and safety by following two landlords and 8 families in Milwaukee over two years. As one reviewer said, Evicted’s “unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.”
Evicted asks us asks us to reflect our own prejudices, practices, and privilege that can harm the most vulnerable among us. As Desmond writes, “Can the church release judgment and practice forgiveness in order to create an environment where true change can take place?” For more information, visit: http://www.evictedbook.com
CHILDREN’S PROGRAM: BEING A GOOD NEIGHBOR
Using crafts, Legos, games, and other forms of creative play and wonder, children will learn about different kinds of homes around the world, how to be a good neighbor, and ways to be sensitive and helpful to people in need of all ages.
ALL-AGE FIELD TRIP
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 a.m.
National Building Museum
We will take a field trip to the National Building Museum for the ground-breaking exhibit based on the book. Evicted offers an immersive experience into the world of low-income renter eviction. With unique design elements and striking graphics, the exhibition will challenge adults and youth to face the enormity of a difficult subject, while providing context and a call to action. For more information visit: https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/evicted/