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Advocate for Homeless to Speak at FSU
10/17/2000

Michael Stoops, director of Field Organizing Projects of the Washington, D.C.,-based National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) will be at Frostburg State University Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center's Pealer Recital Hall. He will speak on hunger and homelessness in America and the Urban Plunge Alternative Break program.

Since 1972 , Stoops has been working full-time (primarily as a volunteer) with homeless and formerly homeless people and with homeless advocacy groups. He is a founding member of NCH, joining NCH's staff in 1988. Since 1988, he has worked to establish and provide ongoing support to local and statewide homeless and housing coalitions, and homeless self-help and social justice action groups.

Stoops serves as the project director for the National Homeless Civil Rights Organizing Project, North America Street Newspaper Association and the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. He also coordinates NCH's national events: National Homeless Voter Registration Week (every election cycle), National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and National Homeless Persons Memorial Day.

The Urban Plunge is a program in which students, after receiving orientation, are assigned a homeless "guide," who will be with them as they spend time as a homeless person on the streets of a city. Through FSU's Alternative Weekend Program, four FSU students will have the opportunity to join the Urban Plunge on Nov. 17-19 in Washington, D.C. Students who want to take part in the Urban Plunge program are required to come to the Michael Stoops presentation Applications and information will be available starting Friday, Oct. 20 at the Lane Center information desk.

For information, contact Tony Washington at (301) 687-4500.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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