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Upcoming Connector Series Events

Tracy Kidder and Dr. Jim O’Connell

Nourishing Lives, a Connector Series Event | Food as a Lifeline to Prevent Homelessness


About This Event
The Marion Institute is pleased to host a discussion with Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, and Dr. Jim O’Connell, 2023 Bostonian of the Year and President of Boston’s Health Care of the Homeless. Our conversation is anchored by Kidder’s recent book Rough Sleepers, the powerful story of an inspiring doctor and his team who have made a difference in the lives of many by creating a program to care for Boston’s homeless community.

The interconnectedness between housing, food insecurity, and health is coldly logical. The sick and vulnerable become homeless, and the homeless become sicker and more vulnerable.

Although the tipping point is often the loss of a job, sickness or injury often precede it. Sickness and injuries make holding a job difficult, which leads to income declining and homelessness for those without a safety net.

The Marion Institute’s Southcoast Food Policy Council (SFPC) is the backbone entity for 400+ members-at-large, representing all sectors of our regional food system. As a social justice non-profit, we are focused on root cause solutions for improving health and ending hunger in our communities, but we cannot address hunger in a bubble and housing is a foundational piece to this puzzle. Via this event the Marion Institute aims to engage and convene our regional stakeholders in a conversation to address the interconnected levers required to address the vexing issues of food insecurity, homelessness, addiction, and healthcare.

We invite you to join us for this engaging conversation.

Thursday, May 2nd, 6:00-8:00 PM

$35 per person
Kilburn Mill | 127 West Rodney French Boulevard| New Bedford, MA | 02744

An Evening with Bessel van der Kolk

New York Times Best-selling author


About This Event
The Marion Institute is thrilled to host a discussion with world renowned author and
researcher Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., whose book The Body Keeps the Score has been
translated into 43 languages and remains on the New York Times Bestseller List.

What made a book written for the professional psychiatric community, full of research case
studies and analysis, shoot to the top of bestseller lists and stay there?

In many ways, we live in the age of trauma. The COVID-19 pandemic, poverty, hunger,
#MeToo, global conflicts, racism and racial injustice, inflation, and climate-related disasters
are all weighing on our collective consciousness.

For 50 years, Bessel van der Kolk has been at the forefront of research into post-traumatic
stress. Few have had more influence on our understanding of it, how it works, and how we
might better treat it.

In this Southcoast exclusive event, Dr. van der Kolk will share his insights into how traumatic
experiences can disconnect our body and mind, leaving us with a physical imprint of our
psychic wounds, and explore the body-oriented treatments proving effective.

We invite you to join us for this engaging conversation.

Thursday, June 27th, 6:00-7:30 PM

$55 premium, $45 A reserve, $35 B reserve

Kilburn Mill | 127 West Rodney French Boulevard| New Bedford, MA | 02744

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