Lafayette’s Temple Isaiah hosted a “community conversation,” Sunday afternoon, that brought together an array of representatives from local churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and non-profit agencies in an effort to forge a coalition aimed at combining and focusing resources to end poverty in Contra Costa County.
The event was titled “Voices on Poverty” and featured speakers who shared their experiences with poverty, homelessness, and hunger, as well as the “safety net” services and organizations that brought them back from the brink.
Among those who shared their stories was Ericka Robbins, an alumnae of Opportunity Junction, and Chris De Flippo, an alumnus of the Trinity Center. Opportunity Junction is a non-profit that provides job training to low-income residents of Contra Costa County. Trinity Center is a day shelter for homeless in Walnut Creek. Both Robbins and De Flippo struggled with addiction and poverty before getting clean and back on track with help from local safety net organizations.