Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


SVdP Georgia, Mercy Care host forum on poverty

Published September 4, 2015

ATLANTA—St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, Mercy Care and other nonprofit partners will present the Poverty Forum on Friday, Sept. 18, at the Georgia Tech Student Center Ballroom, 350 Ferst Drive, NW, Atlanta.

The forum, part of a larger three-day Poverty Summit, is intended to increase awareness of poverty in the region, the barriers to overcoming it, and to create lasting solutions for ending poverty in area communities.

The other participating presenters are The Center for Working Families, Meals on Wheels Atlanta, and the Center for Family Resources. The forum will include panel discussions, keynote presentations and workshops to develop short- and long-term solutions.

An organization and volunteer fair will run prior to the panel discussions from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Registration and breakfast follow. The opening presentation will begin at 9 a.m. The panel A sessions start at 10:30 a.m., followed by a break for lunch, with panel B sessions starting at 1:15 p.m. The event ends at 4 p.m.

Panel sessions will include “Perspectives on Suburban Poverty” with John Berry, chief executive officer of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, as one of the panelists. Kim Case, director of quality at Mercy Care, will be among the panelists for “Improving Health Care Outcomes in Spite of Poverty.”

Other panel topics will include aging, race, collaborations that work, and educational endeavors.

Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, will provide the closing keynote address. He will offer data points and regional trend information to contextualize the discussion.

Tickets are $25 each. To register, visit

An intensive two-day Poverty Institute will be held prior to the forum on Sept. 16-17 at the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Registration for the event, which will feature Dr. Donna Beegle, president of Communication Across Barriers, is separate and available through