Homelessness: Advocating for Change

PRESENTED BY: Meaningful Movies at First Church Seattle
12:00 PM, Sunday, January 21, 2024 PST
Location: First Church Seattle (click for map)

First Church Seattle Meaningful Movies, co-sponsored by Mt. Baker & West Seattle Meaningful Movies, invite you to watch Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance prior to our hybrid (online and in-person) discussion on homelessness, Sunday, January 21 from noon – 1:00.  The documentary will provide some background understanding for this hybrid event. The film’s director Melinda Raebyne will be the first speaker followed by two other speakers who will address the myths, statistics, and policies related to homelessness in King County.  The goal is to energize participants to take action on behalf of the homeless population.

This event, Part 2, follows a co-sponsored online presentation of Razing Liberty Square by Mt. Baker Meaningful Movies on January 18 on gentrification and homelessness. Both films will be used at this event as a springboard for a conversation about homelessness, including gentrification and climate change.

Participants should register in advance to see Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance before the event at https://firstchurchseattle.breezechms.com/form/6e4389289596509791367741722   You will receive an email with a private link to the documentary after you register. Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance will be available for viewing two and half weeks in advance.  The screening of film is free to registered participants.  The link to the online presentation and discussion will also be sent to you after registration.

About the Documentary: Camp Second Chance is an encampment founded by the homeless to foster an environment that allows them to become productive people in society.  In this powerful award-winning film, director Melinda Raebyne embeds herself one winter at one of Seattle’s homeless camps, Camp Second Chance, challenging public ignorance and humanizing a population that locals would rather neglect, sharing some of their personal stories and her actual experience of what it’s like to be homeless.  “Stories of Us” are their stories and ours, ones of triumph, showing us that the power lies within our own willpower not to just survive but to thrive. “Stories of Us” premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival to two sold out screenings. It was awarded the Turner Legacy Award by Meaningful Movies Project in 2020 and the Audience Choice Award at the Tacoma Film Festival.

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Melinda Raebyne is an award-winning filmmaker based in Tacoma, WA. As an independent filmmaker, Melinda works intentionally with communities to share local stories that have global resonance and impact. Her award-winning films include Ellos Gritan Libertad (They Scream Freedom), Stories of Us: Camp Second Chance, and Asylum. An advocate for independent filmmaking, she is affiliated with the Meaningful Movies Project and Washington Filmworks and has received a Firelight Media Spark Fund grant.

Website: https://www.melindaraebynefilms.com

Anneleen Severynen has worked in community and public health for the last 30 years. She has worked in many roles—as a volunteer, outreach worker, health educator, program director, researcher, nurse, and community advocate. She has also experienced some very stressful life events including temporary homelessness and losing family to overdose. The majority of Anneleen’s career has been spent working with and advocating for persons experiencing homelessness and persons from other marginalized communities. Anneleen is also a trainer of Trauma Informed practice and Prevention of Secondary Trauma for King County Public Health and for Health Care for the Homeless.  Anneleen received her nursing degree from the University of California San Francisco and her graduate degree from the University of Washington.

Jody Rauch (she/her) is the Senior Programs Manager at the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness (www.homelessinfo.org). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, with 20 years in the healthcare field. Her background has been in Community and Public Health nursing where she worked extensively with diverse populations, from people experiencing homelessness, people with mental health diagnoses and substance use disorders, to people with limited access to the healthcare system. Using decades of direct, clinical experience, she now focuses on the intersections of health and homelessness through policy, advocacy, collective action, and supporting homeless service providers across King County.



Release Year: 2019

Running Time: 50 minutes

Director: Melinda Raebyne

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