Creating Pathways Out of Poverty A Dialogue About Needs in the Wimberley

Thursday Evenings in May, 6:30 to 8:00pm,  Wimberly UMC-Fellowship Hall
Presenter Bios:
Week One – What is Poverty? Sandy Thomas graduated from Oklahoma State Universitywith majors in Family Relations and Child Development and Elementary Education.  At Texas Tech University, she received a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling with a minor in Special Education. Sandy spent her educational career in the public schools serving as a classroom teacher and counselor.  Sandy is retired and enjoys serving in her church and community as well as being a lifelong learner. Week Two – How do we help people living in poverty? Jo Kathryn Quinn is the Director of Housing Services at Caritas of Austin.  With over 20 years experience in various aspects of non-profit management she has had the privilege of serving in the fields of education, mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, neglected and abused children, people experiencing poverty and homelessness.  In addition, she has volunteered on various nonprofit boards and is currently a member of the Texas Homeless Network board of directors.  Jo Kathryn has a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University and MDiv from the Southwestern Seminary. Week Three- What are our community needs and resources? Vicki McCuistion is the Program Director for the Barnabas Connection of the Wimberley United Methodist Church, an outreach ministry helping people in need in Hays County.  She became the administrator of the Wimberley Ministerial Alliance, Operation Good ShepherdFinancial Assistance fund in 2008.  Vicki served as the Secretary of the Board for Community Shares of Texas, 2009-2010 and the Community Action Head Start Board 2001-2002. She has an extensive background in grassroots organizing, communications and fundraising.  Vicki graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A. in International Studies, with an emphasis in Asia and Political Science.  Week Four- What are out next steps? Jennifer Sabatier has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 17 years. Jennifer has worked in social services providing programs and services to clients, developing grant proposals and funding, and providing board and staff workshops. She has served in various capacities in nonprofit organizations, including mental health technician, individual care provider, case manager, grant specialist, development director and board member. Jennifer has had a consulting business since 2003, NewBloomz for Nonprofits, and currently works with a variety of nonprofits developing their board, staff and fund development strategies.  Jennifer has volunteered with the Barnabas Connection since 2009 and became the board chair in 2010.
RSVP:  847-1664 –  Please leave your name, email, phone, and organization you represent (or area of interest) and if you need childcare so we can prepare materials and plan accordingly, thank you!  All are welcome!  Barnabas is on the web atwww.wimberleyumc.org/barnabas.htm and on Facebook, search for the ‘Barnabas Connection’!

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