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Barbara Jordan

The second Women’s History Month highlight is Barbara Jordan (1936-1996). Jordan was a lawyer, educator, politician, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was the first African American woman elected to the Texas state senate and first African American Texan in Congress. Jordan was also the first LGBTQ+ woman in Congress. Jordan is known …

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Call Your Representatives!

The Berks Coalition to End Homelessness sent letters asking our elected officials Senator Pat Toomey, Senator Bob Casey and Representative Chrissy Houlahan to work with their colleagues to avoid a long-term continuing resolution, and instead ensure affordable housing, homelessness, and community development programs receive the highest level of funding possible in fiscal year 2022, including …

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Clara Barton

March is Women’s History Month! This month, we will be highlighting important women who advocated for people experiencing homelessness and those living in poverty. The first woman that we will be highlighting is Clara Barton (1821-1912). As a girl, Clara grew up caring for her ill brother. At the age of 18, she began teaching …

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CoC Membership Invitation

Membership in the Continuum of Care (Berks Coalition to End Homelessness) is open to any organization or individual that has an interest in the community-wide commitment to prevent and end homelessness in the City of Reading and Berks County. Relevant organizations include nonprofit homeless assistance providers, victim service providers, faith-based organizations, political subdivisions and other …

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Thyra Edwards

The third Black History Month highlight is Thyra J. Edwards (1897 1953) Thyra J. Edwards was a world lecturer, journalist, labor organizer, womens rights advocate, and civil rights activist. She was highly respected by her peers and throughout the community where she provided services. Edwards was often heralded as one of the most outstanding …

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