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Each fall for the past 12 years, Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC) has hosted a Healthy Homes bus tour. The bus tour goes to parts of Greensboro that most people avoid. GHC shows the good, the bad, and the ugly of substandard housing and homelessness.

This year’s bus tour will be a little different: informative, more hands-on, and a lot more interactive. GHC is partnering with the Interactive Resource Center (IRC) for their tour this year. Participants will learn about the vital role that the IRC plays serving the needs of people experiencing homelessness or those at imminent risk of becoming homeless in Greensboro: The Invisible Community. We’ll also explore a different side of what Greensboro Housing Coalition does in the city.

The tour is going to be an opportunity to see the dayto-day trials of folks experiencing substandard housing, homelessness and foreclosure. Brett Byerly, Executive Director of GHC states, “Despite the great success of our three programs: Homeless Prevention, Foreclosure Prevention and Healthy Homes, the need for our services is still great. Dozens of people in crisis housing situations call us every day, needing help, needing hope.”

The tour will be on October 27, 2015, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The buses will leave and return from the IRC at 407 East Washington Street. After the tour, participants are invited to a Community Conversation in the IRC Day Room to discuss what they have seen and learned. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. Since 1989, GHC has been the voice for Greensboro residents who have problems with housing and few resources to solve them. GHC has prevented foreclosures, corrected health risks in homes, located affordable rentals and reduced homelessness for 25 years. GHC’s reputation as a housing advocate is known nationwide.

The IRC, founded in 2009, is Greensboro’s only day center for people experiencing homelessness. They offer a variety of services and programs, including showers, laundry, mail, jobs skills classes, case management and a medical clinic on site.


Forsyth Tech will be hosting North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, for a lecture on Friday, October 9 from 11 am – noon, in the Oak Grove Center Auditorium on the college’s Main Campus, 2100 Silas Creek Parkway.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Stephenson is the second Poet Laureate who has visited Forsyth Tech as lecturer in the ongoing Humanities Enrichment Series. This series has been in place for three years and is designed to generate an overall awareness of and appreciation for the humanities and arts for Forsyth Tech’s students, faculty, staff and the public.

Lisa Stanley-Smith, an English instructor at Forsyth Tech and coordinator of the event says, “Most people don’t get the opportunity to sit down and listen to someone so inspirational, talented, and entertaining. Having the North Carolina Poet Laureate visit our school is an honor. It is exciting.”

“I was lucky enough to have Shelby Stephenson as a college instructor during my studies, and can remember his simplistic perspective on writing,” Stanley-Smith recalls. “He used to say, ‘There’s no big trick to writing. Sit down in a quiet place, put pen to paper, and something you write will be good.’” About poetry, Stephenson himself says, “It’s about the sunset, and the shadows changing on the grass in a different way, all the time. I think the poem is already written.

It’s all there to begin with, and has got to be put on the page.”

He has received wide-spread recognition for his work including the Bellday Poetry Prize, the Oscar Arnold Young Award, the Zoe Kincaid-Brockman Award, the Brockman- Campbell Award, the Bright Hill Press Chapbook Prize, and the Playwright’s Fund of North Carolina Chapbook Prize, to name a few.

In 2001, the State of North Carolina presented Stephenson with the North Carolina Award in Literature.

Stephenson will be speaking Thursday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.

at UNC-Greensboro in the Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room in Jackson Library. Stephenson’s presentation, hosted by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries, is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the program. !