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h2. Jack Gallagher

Professional Comedian, Actor and Writer

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h2. {color:#000000}Ryan Loofbourrow{color}

Executive Director, [Sacramento Steps Forward|http://sacramentostepsforward.org]

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h2. Michele Steeb

Chief Executive Officer, [St. John's Program for Women and Children|http://saintjohnsprogram.org]

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h2. {color:#003366}{*}Mark Merin{*}{color}

Principal Attorney, Law Office of Mark E. Merin

Board Member, [Safe Ground Sacramento|http://www.safegroundsac.org]

[Read his bio here|^Mark_Bio.pdf]


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h2. {color:#000000}Liana Luna{color}

Outreach Coordinator, Mustard Seed School

Mother; Formerly homeless


[Read her story here|^Liana_Bio.pdf]


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h3. {color:#3366ff}JOIN US FOR A REAL CONVERSATION{color}&nbsp;{color:#cb3446}ABOUT HOMELESSNESS IN THE SACRAMENTO REGION{color}

*Homeless: having no home or&nbsp;permanent place of residence.&nbsp;*

Nearly 5,000 residents in the Sacramento region are homeless. Approximately 1,700 of these residents are unsheltered. &nbsp;There are nearly 1,300 homeless families in the region. &nbsp;

*Who should care for our homeless neighbors?* &nbsp;The government? Nonprofits and churches? &nbsp;Or is it the personal responsibility of the individual experiencing homelessness?

*What are the causes of homelessness?* &nbsp;Bad choices? &nbsp;Addictions? &nbsp;Lack of jobs? &nbsp;Laziness? &nbsp;Convenient support services? &nbsp;Expensive housing? Poverty? &nbsp;

*What is the economic impact* on society in shelter, healthcare, mental health services and criminal justice costs?

The&nbsp;_Village Square Sacramento_&nbsp;"Dinner at the Square” will bring 100\+ community members together to talk about the issues surrounding homelessness. &nbsp;The forum will be a casual and friendly conversation. &nbsp;We seek to be the best civil and respectful conversation of substance going, and plan to have fun while we do it.

The&nbsp;_Village Square Sacramento_&nbsp;intends to rebuild a modern-day village square and rekindle what it means to be engaged in policy matters that affect our lives and our wider community.&nbsp; We intend to show how dialogue (vs. debate) and disagreement can be held on deeply politicized issues -- while staying civil and getting to answers that work.&nbsp; It's based on proven model built in Florida over seven years that has received national attention and a growing list of converts from around the country. &nbsp;Read about the Village Square in the Christian Science Monitor [here|http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Common-Ground/2014/0611/Civil-discourse-that-doesn-t-taste-like-broccoli].&nbsp;

We hope you’ll join us\!
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h3. {color:#c0c0c0}DINNER AT THE SQUARE{color}

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h2. {color:#5489d3}Homeless.{color}


h2. {color:#000000}A serious conversation about a serious problem{color}


h3. {color:#a94db1}{+}Thursday, April 30, 2015{+}{color}

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h4. {color:#3366ff}{*}{+}6:00-8:00 pm{+}{*}{color}

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h4. KVIE Community Room


h4. 2030 W. El Camino Ave.&nbsp;


h4. Sacramento

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{color:#ff0000}Single dinner ticket $30. ($35 after April 24){color} [Click here|http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=bvdssobab&oeidk=a07eanvjaz71705f685]

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\\ {color:#ff0000}Couple for one dinner $55. ($70 after April 24){color} [Click here|http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=bvdssobab&oeidk=a07eanvjaz71705f685]\\
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{color:#ff0000}Tax deductible Village Square membership $68{color} (see membership benefits and become a member online [HERE|http://www.sacramento.tothevillagesquare.org/membership])

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_There are a limited number of reduced price scholarship tickets available. Send an email to villagesquare@valleyvision.org to inquire about availability. &nbsp;For questions call 916-672-8065._
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Dinner Served Buffet Style:


Fresh Rolls and butter
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Arugula Strawberry Salad w/Candied Walnuts & Sweet Cilantro Dressing
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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
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Roasted Chicken Breast w/Mustard Caper Sauce
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Vegetable Strudel w/Spinach, Mushrooms, Sweet Peppers and Feta Topped w/a Red Pepper Coulis
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Grilled Asparagus
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