Community Shelter Board was one of 17 organizations from communities across the country invited to New Orleans last month for a thought leadership convening hosted by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. The discussion was focused on ending family homelessness. Columbus and Franklin County are recognized nationally for our family crisis response system. I was eager to represent our community’s homeless system at this two-day convening with other communities who are making progress in their work to quickly and effectively help families move from homelessness into stable housing. Community Shelter Board is committed to this effort and to developing strategies with our national colleagues on how to reach an effective end to homelessness among families.
I’m also pleased to share that Community Shelter Board recently won a Smart Women Award from Smart Business Columbus magazine, in the category of Progressive Organization. This award recognizes organizations that support women-based initiatives, develop advancement programs for women and create family friendly workplaces. I’m proud of our work to lead strategies that end homelessness for families headed by women, and strategies to help pregnant women get immediate access to shelter, employment, and re-housing services. And inside these walls at Community Shelter Board, 72% of us are women, and two-thirds of our leadership team members are women. We’ll keep working to advance women, alongside several others who were recognized in the August edition of Smart Business Columbus.

With warmest regards,
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