Homeless statistics continue to rise as our nations economic woes result in higher unemployment, under employment and foreclosures. So when Margaret James, Director of the Metropolitan Dream Center called and asked if Ms. Kennebrew would speak at their Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet she immediately said yes. The Metropolitan Dream Center has helped thousands of homeless men, women and children connect to resources that would get them off the streets, find food and for some, get addiction counseling. This organization is comprised of several churches, pastors coalition and volunteers around the Dallas area. A former homeless woman herself, Kennebrew could appreciate the dedication and hard work of this grass roots organization.
Versandra Kennebrew has been traveling to shelters, churches and conferences sharing the principles that she embraced during the darkest days of her life. Prior to living in a Detroit area transitional facility for women and children, she had become depressed and suicidal after a third divorce, a second miscarriage and the closing of her massage practice. She actually lived week to week in a hotel for a year because she had been evicted and could not be approved to rent another apartment. “My message is not about the doom and gloom I experienced but of the triumph that occurred when I shifted my thoughts to celebrate all the good that surrounded me,” said Kennebrew. She feels the shelter saved her life.
To meet Kennebrew and learn more about her journey to self-discovery and triumph over homelessness, visit Jokae’s Book Store located at 3223 W. Camp Wisdom Rd, Dallas, TX, October 16, 2009 from 5 pm – 7 pm. For more information about the Metropolitan Dream Center or tickets to the awards banquet that will take place at the Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center, 5150 Mark Trail Way, Dallas, TX, contact Margaret James at 214-916-0623.
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