E49/Serve Sacramento Mixer!

A Monthly Mixer at Suite 2:10

Don't miss this weeks's Cause Mixer on Housing!

Please join us TOMORROW, May 21st at Suite 2:10 as we hear from panelists about the issue of homelessness and how we can work towards creating housing in our region.

Every person would love to have a secure bed and space to lay their head at night. The homeless and transient population varies, but has always been a presence in our communities. From short term temporary shelter to the lasting impact of family reconciliation & the reorientation to self-sustaining life, homeless will be securely settled through life on life engagement and care.

Wednesday, May 21st, 4-6pm

Suite 2:10- 2830 G Street, Sacramento, CA, United States

Street parking is available. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are provided!

Our panelists:

David Loya- The Lazarus Project

David Loya is the Executive Director of The Lazarus Project Inc., a nonprofit organization established by community residents in 1998 to develop housing with support services for homeless individuals in Placer County.

In addition to overseeing The Lazarus Project’s current inventory of approximately four supportive housing units and 20 residents, Mr. Loya is leading the effort to assemble $20 million in funding to develop an additional 400 units over the next few years.

Mr. Loya began his career at age 25 in Southern California as partner and small business owner of Olson Salon Design. Moving to Northern California Mr. Loya became Regional Sales Director for NEST Learning (formally NEST Entertainment) where he and his 10 Sales Directors became nationally known as top producers. In 1992 Mr. Loya accepted a position as Associate Pastor of the San Francisco Vineyard Christian Fellowship where he oversaw the family and children’s ministry, facilities, and outreach. Moving his family to the City of Lincoln Mr. Loya took over as Executive Director of The Lazarus Project in 2001 expanding their housing and support service program.

Crystal Richardson- Navigator, Downtown Partnership

A native of Detroit , Michigan, Crystal moved to Sacramento, California in 2007 and quickly became aware of the issues surrounding homelessness in the region. Crystal served as a volunteer at the Francis House Center of Sacramento in 2008, providing services and support to the homeless. She worked beside the late Greg Bunker and other dedicated volunteers and employees at Francis House, providing resource counseling and other services to many individuals and families.

The following year, Crystal began working at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership as a Community Outreach Navigator, coordinating outreach and assistance for homeless individuals in the downtown core. As an outreach worker, Crystal has worked closely with the DSP Director of Community Services in implementing programs and strategies to better assist the homeless community. She has also worked in collaboration with various mental health agencies, community services agencies, faith-based groups, and family members to better support and meet the needs of homeless clients.

Crystal has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Human Services in order to grow in this field of work that she thoroughly enjoys. Crystal plans to continue to serve homeless individuals and others through advocacy, education, and mentorship

Tahirih Kraft, Sacramento Self Help Housing

Tahirih Kraft works for Sacramento Self Help Housing, an organization that assists persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless to find and retain stable and affordable housing. SSHH provides permanent housing to 64 chronically homeless individuals in houses throughout the county, case management and assistance, and in time, some move on to their own homes, or reunite with their families.

Cause Mixers are for leaders, staff and active volunteers from non-profits, churches, businesses, government agencies and schools to hear about pressing issues in our region and get to know others who have common concerns.