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Breaking cycle of poverty is focus of Niagara Falls conference

NIAGARA FALLS – The Fourth Annual Poverty Conference in Niagara Falls will be a day-long event of caring, sharing and renewal from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Doris W. Jones Family Resource Center, 3001 Ninth St. Registration is due by Tuesday. The cost is $20.

The annual event is sponsored by the Niagara County Coalition for Services to the Homeless, along with the Buffalo/Niagara Falls and Erie/Niagara counties Continuum of Care and Niagara University.

Andrea Gray, Community Missions events and volunteer manager said the goal of the conference is to encourage participants so they know “one person can really make a difference in breaking the cycle of poverty.”

This year’s conference theme, “Agents of Social Change: Community Engagement,” will feature keynote speaker Paul Hogan, executive vice-president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, who will explore trends in philanthropy.

Other speakers include Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., president emeritus, Niagara University; John Klein-Geltink, vice president of Operation Sharing of Ontario; and Bobby Anderson, a chef in Niagara Falls who worked his way up from dishwasher to line cook to being recognized at Best Chef of Western New York; Whitney Walker, a community impact coordinator for the Mobile Safety-Net Team of the John R. Oishei Foundation; and Tom Lowe, director of ReNu Niagara and co-chair of the 2016 Niagara County Poverty Conference.