Perpetual Help Home to host breaking ground workshop

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

Feb. 5, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Updated Feb. 4, 2014 at 8:05 p.m.

Rather than focusing on short-term poverty fixes in the Crossroads, Cheryl Miller wants to start dialoguing about socioeconomic transformation.

Miller, executive director of Perpetual Help Home in Victoria, has teamed up with John Perkins, a national leader in community development, to organize a two-day conference on strategic solutions to combating poverty.

Breaking Ground: Making the Shift to a Better Community will be Friday and Saturday, kicking off with the grand opening of Perpetual Help Home's Center for Peace.

"The target audience for this conference are people who are already doing work with those from lower socioeconomic groups," Miller said. "We want people to start asking themselves if they're working the best way they can to target our neighbors."

Miller said Friday's schedule features a talk from Perkins followed by a leadership resource team panel featuring area entrepreneurs and businessmen and women who will offer tips about enterprising opportunities and real-world life skills training for the economically disadvantaged. A ribbon cutting of the Center for Peace will be at 10 a.m. followed by a tour of the center and other programs that address long-term solutions to poverty.

Saturday's workshop at Victoria Christian Life Center is a day-long event with breakfast and lunch served, focusing on sessions to help educate area churches and organizations on lasting community impact and poverty solutions.

"I think anyone who has a heart for justice, especially economically disadvantaged people in this area, this would be a perfect event for them to attend," Miller said.



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