Postponed: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

On behalf of HopeWorks and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, we are writing to let you know that we have decided to postpone our April 23rd screening of “The Invisible Class” and subsequent panel discussion.

Please know that this decision was not made lightly.  There are a multitude of factors that influenced this decision.  We now have a good idea how COVID-19 (coronavirus) will manifest in our community and are mobilizing to implement all the best protocols and recommendations for preparing, preventing, responding and mitigating – especially and particularly for people without homes and resources who are especially vulnerable living in public spaces, and for our workforces who serve them.

With so much of our community’s focus rightfully placed on the pandemic in NM, we do not want to compromise the opportunity provided by this film for important dialogue by introducing it to you at such an inopportune time.

At the right time, our hope is that people will see this film and engage in a different kind of conversation about homelessness – one that has the potential to change hearts and minds and lead to lasting and compassionate solutions.  Until then, we will be working collaboratively to determine the right time for this necessary and critical conversation.  We will keep you informed along the way.  We are also working with the KiMo to ensure that ticket refunds are processed quickly as well.

Thank you for your support and your interest in our shared missions to end homelessness.  We look forward to reconnecting with you all for a community-wide screening of “The Invisible Class” when the timing is right.

With gratitude,

Greg Morris
Executive Director
HopeWorks
Jenny Metzler
Chief Executive Officer
Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless

Thank you to everyone who purchased a ticket for this event. We received notice from the KiMo Theatre that folks should start receiving refunds this week. Please let us know if you have any issues or concerns.

Exclusive Film Screening and Panel Discussion

“The problem feels so big.  Can we really end homelessness?”

We know the Albuquerque community is presently asking this question.  On April 23, 2020 at the KiMo Theatre, HopeWorks and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless invite you to a different kind of discussion, 11 years in the making.

Together, we will host an exclusive screening of “The Invisible Class,” a documentary film that tells the story of homelessness across America.  A panel discussion with key experts, including the film’s director, will follow.  This film is only being screened in select cities across the country.

THE FILM: Mass homelessness in The United States didn’t always exist, so how did we get to where we are today?  The Invisible Class tells the story of homelessness all across America, its criminalization, and the devastating impacts of the loss of affordable housing.

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HopeWorks intends to conduct focus groups in late 2020/early 2021 as a means of gauging the public’s knowledge of and interest in our programs and services.  Conversations resulting from these focus groups will help guide us into completing a more robust marketing and content strategy, in order to expand HopeWorks’ awareness and visibility.

If you are interested, please email Annam Manthiram, Development Director, at amanthiram@hopeworksnm.org, she will contact you once we have determined dates for these focus groups.  Thank you for your interest.

AHCH and HopeWorks are two organizations who have co-labored side by side for more than 35 years to meet the basic human and healthcare needs of people experiencing homelessness.  It is in the spirit of collaboration – and a sense of urgency on behalf of the many we serve on a daily basis – that we jointly bring this exclusive screening of the documentary film “The Invisible Class” to the KiMo Theater in Albuquerque.  The film’s director painstakingly worked on this film for 11 years, and has produced a work that may well reframe our discussion of – and more importantly, response to – homelessness all over the country.  Diving deep into the systemic causes and solutions, and juxtaposing testimonials from across the country, the Invisible Class needs to be seen by everyone in our community.

We cordially invite you to join us on the evening of April 23 from 5:30 – 9:00 pm.  Immediately following the film, a one hour panel discussion will be moderated and will include key stakeholders locally and nationally, including the director of the film.  Thank you, in advance, for not missing this unique opportunity.

Warmly,

Jenny Metzler, CEO                                                                            Greg Morris, Executive Director

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.                         HopeWorks

                                                                               

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