Mortgage Professionals Gather to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion
The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Print This Post Home / Commentary / Mortgage Professionals Gather to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion in Commentary, Daily Dose, Events, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2020-11-16 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Five Star Global’s American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMCD) this week hosted its Fall Virtual Member Meeting, “Connecting Across Distances,” during which industry professionals gathered to address race and inclusion. AMDC’s Vice-Chair Jodi Gaines, Chief Client Officer at Insight One Financial, says she believes this type of event is invaluable for those aiming to provide effective leadership. “As mortgage professionals, and especially as leaders, it’s important to understand the impact our communication has on others,” Gaines said. “When diversity and inclusion are present and everyone is heard, an emotional connection is triggered.” Gaines invited Samantha Tassone, President and Founder of GrowthFuel LLC, to lead a session, during which Tassone facilitated a discussion about the best ways to approach sensitive diversity-related situations in the workplace. “The presentation Sam provided gave each participant many relevant tools on how to show up and how to have a positive engaging dialogue,” Gaines said. A strategist, facilitator, speaker, and performance coach, Tassone has contributed to Forbes and NPR, and she has testified in front of the U.S. Congress on gender intelligence in order to help assess challenges that women face in the workforce and identify solutions to address them, according to AMDC Chair Lola Oyewole, VP and Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Ocwen Financial Corporation, who introduced her. Tassone acknowledged the complex issues facing society today—including COVID-19, the presidential election, and Black Lives Matter—which, she says, has led us to a worldwide dialogue around diversity, race, and social justice. “It’s important now more than ever to be able to navigate that conversational space and be able to create social and emotional bonds for each social exchange that we step into personally and professionally,” she said. “The real work that needs to be done around inclusion is really around leadership behavior.” She delved into “brain-based science” behind more confidently navigating these social exchanges. “Some of you have heard this term psychological safety. When you reach, and achieve psychological safety in the conversational space, it is what’s called an emotional bond,” she explained, for example, “so you are creating emotional bonds and connecting and creating engagement at the highest levels, which is special. This is the essence of inclusion.” Our lives, she said, are both personally and professionally “defined by the conversations we can and cannot have.” She addressed various natural implicit human cognitive biases, such as “similarity bias” (in which we instinctively agree with something/someone that feels familiar), which “can really hurt us because we move too quickly with a cognitive bias . . .and we don’t take time to look at the details or affirm things that might be outliers in that decision making.” She also explains “distance bias,” which, she said, “we tend to prefer, as humans, things that are closer to us versus things that are farther away from us. From a team perspective, we tend to embrace and engage more proactively with the team that’s in front of us, versus the team that might be, [for example], across the pond.” Biases are not necessarily bad or good, she added, but something about which leaders, especially, should be aware. Tassone led breakout sessions in which participants practiced “bad” conversations in hopes, she said, that they walk away with skills that they did not previously possess. By the end of the session, several participants weighed in to say they had shared experiences and employed found knowledge in their respective hypothetical situations. “Overall, I was pleased with the outcome of the Fall Member Meeting,” said Oyewole following the event. “Samantha’s workshop was engaging and insightful. It made me think about inclusion in a deeper way which will be beneficial.” Tassone concluded with more brain science, explaining how positive interaction produces a feel-good hormone called oxytocin. Conversely, when one experiences the feeling of being overpowered by, for example, a superior or coworker, they tend to feel “triggered,” due to a “cortisol hit,” which “creates distance in a conversational space.” There are choices to make, she said, “and it’s really about understanding what those choices are, and how the brain works.” The American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) promotes diversity and inclusion throughout the mortgage industry. Learn more at mortgagediversitycouncil.com. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago November 16, 2020 11,122 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: The Week Ahead: FHA Discusses CWCOT Changes Next: Renters or Homeowners: Who Struggles More Financially During COVID-19? Share 1Save Mortgage Professionals Gather to Discuss Diversity and Inclusion Subscribe
Mayor Fulop will be honorary chair for Race for the Cure…
The Susan G. Komen North Jersey 11th Annual Race for the Cure at Liberty State Park is coming up on May 6, and everyone is gearing up to rally and raise awareness (and funds) in support of Komen’s bold initiative targeted at reducing the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50 percent by the year 2026 by improving access to quality and timely cancer care and enhancing Komen’s national research focus on the most lethal types of breast cancers.Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop will take on the role of this year’s Honorary Race Chair. He has moved quickly to engage his city and help generate support for the Race and the fight against breast cancer.“I am honored to stand with the local North Jersey Affiliate of Susan G. Komen as the Honorary Chair of the 2018 Race for the Cure here in Jersey City,” says Mayor Fulop. “This is an organization that has offered support and guidance to countless individuals and families during the past two decades, and has proven its dedication to fighting breast cancer across the nation. I look forward to an incredible day at the Race for the Cure in our very own Liberty State Park as we celebrate all that this organization has accomplished.”“Moving our race to Liberty State Park last year was a huge success; people loved it,” says Kelly E. Nagle, executive director of Komen North Jersey. “Everyone running, walking and celebrating with the shared purpose of finding the cures for breast cancer was incredibly powerful. And with the singular backdrop of New York City and the Statue of Liberty, the day is picture perfect. We are grateful to Mayor Steven Fulop and Jersey City for their support of Komen North Jersey and our mission to save lives and end breast cancer forever. I’m looking forward to what is sure to be the best race yet.”Newport Centre will hosting an after party in the mall’s center court from 12 -2 p.m. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, interactive activities, instagrammable selfie stations, and receive special discounts from participating retailers. RPM Raceway will host a Racing for the Cure event at 12 noon.To register for the 11th Annual Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure, or make a donation to help get Komen North Jersey closer to achieving its BOLD GOAL, visit www.KomenNorthJersey.org/Race, call (908) 277-2904, or email [email protected] × 1 / 3 Mayor Steven M. Fulop cuts the ribbon to kick off the 5K Fun Walk at last year’s Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. L-R: 2017 Honorary Survivor Ambassador Patty Steele, Radio 101.1/WCBS-FM co-host of “Scott Shannon in the Morning,” Kelly E. Nagle, Executive Director, Komen North Jersey; Steven M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City; Kristin Wenger, Past President, Komen North Jersey Board of Trustees; Carrie Duane, 2017 New Balance Ambassador; and Marcos Vigil, Deputy Mayor of Jersey City. (Photo: Eloquent Studios) 2 / 3 More than 2,000 people were at the 2017 Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. Last year was the first time the North Jersey Affiliate held their Race at Liberty State Park; more are expected to be on site at this year’s event, which will again offer a 5K USATF Certified Timed Run and a 5K Fun Walk. (Photo: Eloquent Studios) 3 / 3 Survivors with signs depicting the number of years they have “survived,” take the stage at the 2017 Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. The Survivor Ceremony is a highlight of a day that focuses on Survivors, Forever Fighters and their families. (Photo: Eloquent Studios) ❮ ❯ 1 / 3 Mayor Steven M. Fulop cuts the ribbon to kick off the 5K Fun Walk at last year’s Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. L-R: 2017 Honorary Survivor Ambassador Patty Steele, Radio 101.1/WCBS-FM co-host of “Scott Shannon in the Morning,” Kelly E. Nagle, Executive Director, Komen North Jersey; Steven M. Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City; Kristin Wenger, Past President, Komen North Jersey Board of Trustees; Carrie Duane, 2017 New Balance Ambassador; and Marcos Vigil, Deputy Mayor of Jersey City. (Photo: Eloquent Studios) 2 / 3 More than 2,000 people were at the 2017 Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. Last year was the first time the North Jersey Affiliate held their Race at Liberty State Park; more are expected to be on site at this year’s event, which will again offer a 5K USATF Certified Timed Run and a 5K Fun Walk. (Photo: Eloquent Studios) 3 / 3 Survivors with signs depicting the number of years they have “survived,” take the stage at the 2017 Komen North Jersey Race for the Cure. The Survivor Ceremony is a highlight of a day that focuses on Survivors, Forever Fighters and their families. (Photo: Eloquent Studios) ❮ ❯
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Medical cannabis product approved for epilepsy
BBC News 23 September 2019Family First Comment: Researched as effective and safe. Not smoked. Not grown at home.The way medicine should be.The EU has approved for the first time the use of a medicinal cannabis product aimed at patients with two rare, but severe, forms of childhood epilepsy.Doctors can prescribe Epidyolex – an oral solution of cannabidiol, which comes from the cannabis plant – if they think it will help sufferers.It has been approved for use in the UK and other European countries, but the NHS does not currently recommend it.But some parents want alternatives that contain a component not in this drug.Last month, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence made an initial decision not to recommend prescribing Epidyolex, due to lack of evidence of long-term effectiveness.Final guidance is due later this year.What is Epidyolex?The drug does not contain any of the psycho-active component of cannabis, a compound called tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).Some parents, who have travelled to the Netherlands to buy cannabis medicines, feel the treatment will not help many children because it does not contain THC, which they argue has helped their children.Epidyolex has been approved as a treatment option for children as young as two with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome – difficult-to-treat conditions that can cause multiple seizures a day.The medication, developed by GW Pharmaceuticals, will be used in combination with another epilepsy medication called clobazam.READ MORE: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-49795260Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Glover, Murty, Logue get first wins of season at Marshalltown
In another green to checkers contest, Murty started 10th, claimed the topside as his own again and overtook then leader Dusty Vis at lap nine. Son Dallon followed his dad’s lead, rim riding his way to second place after starting ninth. Kyle Everts came from eighth starting spot to finish third. Glover led all 15 laps of the caution-free Late Model main and did so going away. Last week’s winner Dalton Simonsen finished second and Logan Duffy took third. By Joyce Eisele Curtis Glover led start to finish in winning the caution-free IMCA Sunoco Late Model main event Friday at Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (July 3) – Three drivers scored their first wins of the year Friday at Marshalltown Speedway, Curtis Glover in the IMCA Sunoco Late Models, Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Johnathon Logue in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Tom Berry Jr. made it two in a row in the IMCA Modifieds and Kaden Reynolds became a perfect 4-for-4 in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks after starting 12th. The ninth starting Logue made the bottom side work to his advantage, finding just enough moisture to make it work in his 18-lap event. Logue caught leader Brayton Carter, making the pass with four laps remaining, and then sailed to victory. Carter finished as the runner up while Jenae Gustin came from eighth to finish third.
QPR v Ipswich Town: match preview, team news, facts and figures
Matt Phillips was expected to leave Rangers last monthKick-off: 3pm, Saturday 6 February 2016Referee: Charles Breakspear (Walton-on-Thames, Surrey)Match in a nutshell: Rangers aim for only their second home win since October against play-off chasing Ipswich.Five key battles: Including Nedum Onuoha against Daryl MurphyBetVictor.com preview: El Khayati can help QPR see off IpswichInjuries and suspensionsQPRRuled out: None.IPSWICH TOWNRuled out: Dean Gerken (shoulder), David McGoldrick (hamstring), Teddy Bishop (hamstring). Jonathan Douglas (suspended) Possible line-upsQPR: Smithies; Perch, Onuoha, Hall, Konchesky; Luongo, Faurlin; Phillips, Chery, Hoilett; Polter. Subs from: Ingram, Lumley, Hill, Angella, Robinson, Kpekawa, Yun, Tozser, Doughty, Henry, Petrasso, El Khayati, Washington, Grego-Cox, Mackie.Ipswich: Bialkowski; Chambers, Smith, Berra, Knudsen; Skuse, Hyam; Maitland-Niles, Sears, Fraser; Murphy. Subs from: Henly, Foley, Malarczyk, Digby, Coke, Bru, Varney, Pitman, Toure. Vital statisticsForm guide – last five league matchesQPR total: D D W D L (6 points)Home: D L D D D (4 points)Ipswich total: W L D W D (8 points)Away: L D W W W (10 points)Top scorers – all competitionsQPR: Austin 10; Emmanuel-Thomas 5, Phillips 5, Polter 5; Chery 4, Hoilett 4; Onuoha 3; Fer 1, Hill 1.Ipswich: Pitman 9; Murphy 8; Fraser 6, Sears 6; Chambers 3, Douglas 3, McGoldrick 3; Maitland-Niles 2, Smith 2; Alabi 1, Bru 1, Oar 1, Tabb 1, Yorweth 1.Last five meetings26 December 2015: Ipswich 2 QPR 111 January 2014: Ipswich 1 QPR 317 August 2013: QPR 1 Ipswich 022 February 2011: QPR 2 Ipswich 014 September 2010: Ipswich 0 QPR 3QPR 4 wins, Ipswich 1 win, 0 drawsSee also:QPR v Ipswich: five key battlesFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Partners team up to feed the future
World Hunger Day, marked this year on 28 May, reinforced the truth that too many children are starving and need sustenance to concentrate at school and grow healthily. The South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey statistics, revealed on the day, were challenging and gloomy. They showed that one in eight people around the world faced food insecurity each day. (Image: Kelloggs Facebook) • Candice Burgess Media Liaison, Strategic Marketing and Brand Management Paula Wilson Media Consulting (PWMC) +27 21 762 1687 [email protected] • One small bag makes a big difference • Science school comes to Mvezo • Fighting hunger in Mandela Bay • Feeding bodies and brains • South Africa’s women farmers root out hungerMelissa Jane CookIt is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; and that you can’t teach a hungry child. But in South Africa, almost one in five children go to school every day with an empty tummy.World Hunger Day, marked this year on 28 May, reinforced the truth that too many children are starving and need sustenance to concentrate at school and grow healthily. The South African National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey statistics, revealed on the day, were challenging and gloomy. They showed that one in eight people around the world faced food insecurity each day.Breakfast for Better Days is a Kellogg’s initiative. The food company has committed to partnering with dairy group Parmalat and FoodBank South Africa to provide five million breakfasts to South African children this year. In attempting to change the lives of these children for the better, Kelloggs will donate more than R10-million in cereal and milk to FoodBank, which in turn will distribute the food to needy schools across South Africa.This means that 25 000 children will have a breakfast every school day this year. This translates into 500 000 litres of milk and 150 000 kilograms of cereal.“Providing regular breakfasts to these children, many of whom come from disadvantaged communities, gives them an opportunity to concentrate better in class,” says Neil Davison, the national operations manager of FoodBank South Africa. “The better concentration in class and significantly improved attendance figures, we know, we will go a long way towards improving the standard of education in these classrooms.”Full tummies campaignNationally, the initiative is providing approximately 25 000 primary school pupils with a breakfast of cereal and milk – over five million servings of breakfast throughout this year. Breakfast for Better Days is in its fifth month and has already served more than two million breakfasts to children at participating schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.In Western Cape, more than 7 000 pupils are on the Kellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days scheme. The schools chosen to be included were based on a number of different criteria, such as location and whether they had a feeding programme run by the government or privately.“Breakfast is not just a meal; it’s part of the making of a brighter future. When kids start the morning right, there’s no end to the opportunities for fun and learning that each day can bring,” says Jack Kruger, Kellogg’s marketing category manager. “We want every child to have a bright start, fuelled by the power of breakfast. That’s why we are donating five million servings of breakfast in 2014, and hopefully we’ll help make a tangible difference in their lives.”According to the World Hunger Project, World Hunger Day has a key focus on genuine partnership. “It seeks to highlight the positive actions taken by those existing on less than £1 (R17.50) per day, to end their own hunger,” it says. The day “seeks to inspire people in both the developed and developing worlds to show their solidarity and support to enable many more to end their own hunger and poverty and make the journey to self-reliance”.If they are educated, children’s destinies can shift from poverty to prosperity as they gain the skills needed to lead healthy lives – but this can only happen when their brains and bodies are powered by food.“The Breakfast for Better Days initiative is a social responsibility programme that we really wanted to be involved in, both because it will assist communities that struggle to put breakfast on the table, but also because it enforces how important breakfast is to a good start,” explains Parmalat’s marketing manager, Janine Greyling. “Good eating habits are established in childhood, and we hope that once these children and their families see the benefits at school of a cereal and milk breakfast, they will make it a habit for life.”The World Hunger Education Service states that hunger is a leading cause of poverty. It results in poor health, low levels of energy as well as mental impairment, thus reducing the ability to work and learn effectively. Children are the most visible victims of hunger-induced undernourishment.Watch Kelloggs Breakfast for Better Days – TV CommercialSeeing a change in the classroomChildren who don’t eat breakfast before school are at a disadvantage, and no one has better insight into this than their teachers. “It’s real,” says Nataly Horn, the principal of Ysterplaat Primary School in Brooklyn, Cape Town. “While it’s hard for many South Africans to comprehend the scope of the problem, I can tell you that we see hunger and the destructive toll it takes every day in the classroom. Absenteeism, lethargic children who can’t concentrate (and sometimes can’t even stay awake) and behavioural problems… Simply put, without food in their stomachs, children are not able to learn.”Khuziwe Shiba is a Grade 2 teacher at Ikwezi Primary School in Mofolo North, Soweto, one of the schools benefiting from Breakfast for Better Days. She says: “The kids [who] have breakfast come to school bubbly, loving, smiling and active, and look forward to the day ahead. The ones [who] don’t have breakfast are gloomy, tired, passive and don’t want to play or participate. They are not able to concentrate and easily lose interest. A hungry child struggles to follow what is going on in the classroom.”Studies indicate that breakfast helps children feel more alert and puts them in a better mood in the morning. That first meal of the day supports concentration in the classroom and helps fuel physical activity on the playing field, which can translate into more fun. Breakfast intake has also been associated with improved memory, test grades and school attendance. Cereal is high in carbohydrates, which are the main source of energy for the body and brain. Research has shown that children who start their day with breakfast tend to have a lower body mass index (BMI) and less chance of being overweight or obese.Kate Hamilton, the fund development manager of FoodBank South Africa, explains: “Not only do the children appear to have greater physical well-being, but there has been a shift in mood as well. So, the programme is not a short-term one. They are looking towards a longer term solution to hunger and hunger in schools.”Watch Kelloggs Breakfast for Better DaysPartners on the breakfast driveFoodBank South Africa is the country’s largest food banking network. FoodBank is also Kellogg’s international partner in the global campaign, which will provide one billion servings of cereal and snacks in its support of global hunger relief by the end of 2016. FoodBank collects and transports the cereal and long life milk from Kellogg’s distribution centres and Parmalat to its own warehouses, where the produce is sorted and packed for each participating school, and delivered monthly.Hamilton says: “It will affect [the children’s] potential to be great. These are future leaders who need to be brave and courageous.”Lunch Buddies campaignIn another initiative, Lunch Buddies, Foodbank South Africa partners different schools – a more advantaged one with a disadvantaged one – and every Friday the former delivers lunch to FoodBank, which then distributes the sandwiches to the latter schools.Roxy MacNaughton, FoodBank South Africa’s national programmes co-ordinator, manages the Lunch Buddies programme. She explains how it works: “Lunch Buddies provides children from under-resourced schools with sandwiches made by children who go to more resourced schools. The children at the donor schools pack an extra lunch which they leave at a collection point at their school. FoodBank fetches the sandwiches and delivers them to the beneficiary schools.”
Art, Meet Touch: Photoshop Reveals New iPad Apps
Today, Adobe revealed three new Photoshop Touch applications designed for the iPad: Adobe Color Lava, Adobe Eazel and Adobe Nav. The apps work with Adobe’s Photoshop CS5 desktop software, which will be updated to version 5.5 in order to support the new functionality. The update is due out in a matter of weeks.What’s interesting about these applications – not Photoshop replacements themselves – is how they integrate the tablet with the PC, offloading specific tasks to the touchscreen interface. In Color Lava, for example, artists use their fingers to mix colors on the iPad, creating custom swatches and themes which can then be ported back to Photoshop. Adobe Nav, meanwhile, offers a different way to navigate desktop Photoshop’s interface. Only in Eazel are actual paintings created – but paintings which take advantage of the touch technology to offer new techniques in blending paint.In addition, third-party developers will soon be able to integrate similar functionality into their apps, thanks to Adobe’s new toolkit, the Photoshop Touch SDK.Photoshop Touch Apps, Making Art on the iPadThese forthcoming Photoshop Touch apps only augment the Photoshop experience, they do not replace it. But the add-ons unlock the functionality of the touchscreen in a new way, bringing back the physical interaction between color and palette that typical Photoshop use had lacked. Instead of clicking a mouse, designers swirl their fingers over the touchscreen’s interface, mixing paints on an actual palette. When you think about it, even the iPad’s form factor itself seems a suitable stand-in for the real-life palette with its thin, rectangular shape, easy enough to balance on a hand, while held in the crook of an arm. sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces After mixing colors in Lava, artists can then port the new color combinations back to the desktop software, which they can navigate using Adobe Nav. This new user interface for Photoshop puts the software’s tools and menus right on the touchscreen, where toolbars can be customized and files can be opened, accessed and zoomed into, both on the tablet and PC, simultaneously. Photoshop, the PlatformAdobe is releasing tools for developers in the form of the Photoshop Touch SDK (software development kit). With this, third-party developers will be able to build similar functionality into their own touchscreen applications. That means developers can build different types of palettes, color-mixing tools and drawing applications – or even tools where the Photoshop integration is just one feature of a more complete application experience. The SDK extends this functionality to different devices, too, including Android tablets and RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook.Designers and artists have not yet had a chance to get their hands on the new Photoshop Touch apps yet – they’re due out on May 3 in the iTunes App Store, retailing for $1.99 to $4.99 each. However, developers can begin building their own apps today, with the SDK available here. In Eazel, the new touchscreen drawing application, artists use their fingers to create paintings. Press all five fingers to the screen at once to reveal Eazel’s tools, in order to change things like brush size or color. It even introduces a new technique involving “wet” and “dry” paints. In Eazel, the paints dry as they would in real life: over time. Paintings made in Eazel can also be ported back into the desktop version of Photoshop. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Adobe#mobile#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
KSAC to Place More Focus on the Homeless
A renewed attempt is being made by the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) to address, in a more sustained way, living conditions of persons deemed homeless in the Corporate Area.A meeting was held at the KSAC headquarters in downtown Kingston, on February 27, between the Parish Homeless Committee and stakeholder partners from several key organisations, to come up with strategies that will make an impact on the condition of the homeless.The primary strategy agreed on is the setting up of administrative sub-groups to focus on bringing about the re-integration of homeless persons with their families.Co-ordinator for the Homeless at the Poor Relief Department at the KSAC, Cyprian Lewis, told JIS News that another strategy is to re-integrate them back into society.“We want to formulate three other sub-committees – Fundraising, Public Awareness and Housing and Welfare Committees. From these three, persons will be able to pool their professional resources and contact non-governmental organisations and sponsors in order to move forward,” he said.Mr. Lewis said the sub-committees are expected to formulate plans and strategies that will be presented to the Poor Relief Department at the KSAC.He called on members of the public to stop encouraging the homeless to stay on the streets by giving them handouts. Instead, he is recommending that donations be given to a central source – the Poor Relief agency – which will see to their care.“What we’re looking at is to have one set place that they can go to, without being on the street,” Mr. Lewis emphasized.