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Imagine a mythbuster who takes on the complicated issues surrounding homelessness and community justice. You might get Kate Towson, ’09. On Thursday, March 2 at 5:30 p.m., the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs will welcome the alumna and experienced fundraiser who works to lower rates of homelessness in the United States.
Towson is the development director for Women’s Empowerment, a local nonprofit in Sacramento, California, that helps homeless women gain the skills they need to transition back into the workforce. The Sacramento Business Journal recently named her one of their “40 Under 40” for her outstanding professional achievements and community involvement.
Speaking at Washington College, she will address what she feels is the difference between providing charity for our homeless neighbors, and the justice they deserve–including ways everyone can be a part of the solution of ending homelessness in their communities.
Towson graduated from Washington College in 2009 with honors in political science. She studied at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where she attended classes and volunteered to help women and children living with HIV and AIDS. In December 2009, Kate became an Americorps VISTA Volunteer, moving across the country to Sacramento to work for a nonprofit called Sacramento Steps Forward, where she planned two Homeless Connect events (an all-day resource fair for homeless folks), helped coordinate a city-wide count of homeless people, and was honored to start (and raise seed money for) Sacramento’s first nomadic, faith-based winter shelter.
The event is free and open to the public.