On Wednesday, March 7, the sixth annual Niagara County Poverty Conference will ask attendees to ponder the question, "Compassionate Communities: Where Do I Fit In?"
The all-day event, to be held at Niagara University's Russell J. Salvatore Dining Commons, is presented annually by the Niagara County Coalition for Services to the Homeless, along with Buffalo/Niagara Falls and Erie/Niagara Counties Continuum of Care, and Niagara University.
"A compassionate city is one in which no one is left behind; no one is standing outside of the circle; we're all inside the circle; no one's invisible; we see everybody," said Mayor Walter Sendzik of St. Catharines, Ontario, who will deliver the conference's keynote address. "It's about the wealth of our community being defined by the health and well-being of everybody."
Following Sendzik's talk, there will be a presentation on trauma informed care by Mary Len, LCSW, and one on the "Buffalo Promise Neighborhood" by Glenn Jackson. Afternoon sessions will discuss how different sectors would be able to integrate the concepts discussed in the morning sessions.
The gatherings will include breakouts for the business community, government, education, health care, nonprofit organizations and community advocates/faith communities.
Sponsors for the event include Calspan, Grigg Lewis Foundation, Covanta, Niagara Falls Teachers Local 801 and Mobile Safety Net Team of WNY. All attendees staying for the day will receive a book, "The Abundant Community," by John G. McKnight and Peter Block, following the conclusion of the event.