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A Moth-style storytelling event: Stories of Struggle and Survival

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East End Cooperative Ministry - Great Room

6175 Harvard Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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StoryburghLive! and PublicSource would like to invite you for an evening of Moth-style storytelling.

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The "Stories of Struggle and Survival" event will feature local storytellers, compelling narratives and showcase the power of human spirit.

Please come, prepare to be moved and inspired!

Most of the storytellers have experienced and/or are working in low wage/poverty/homelessness space. Their short biographies are as follows:

- Kess Ballentine is a PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. She has worked with children and families in a variety of capacities, including as an elementary school teacher, community program developer, and researcher. She currently works on the Pittsburgh Wage Study focusing on the interactions of work, poverty, and parenting. Her dissertation examines how parents navigate the complex terrain of home, work, school, and their personal parenting values when working jobs that have been documented to create barriers to parenting.

- Her crossroads came at 21 when Sharlene Dominick met the Lord. The Lord met her in rehab. Walked with her in the streets during homelessness, equipped her in crack houses and ministered to her in jail! Clean since 2-2-1998, she is blessed with a wonderful marriage of almost 14 years and delightful children ages 12-27. She’s earned a BS in Human Services and MSOL (Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership) from Geneva College. She is a published author of three devotionals (I Love Jesus, But I’m a Mess; My Pain Fuels My Purpose; and Faith & Recovery; It’s All Good). She has worked in Ministry/ Human Service field with many special populations (addicted women, adjudicated and addicted youth, homeless youth and young adults, Family Based Therapy and Urban ministry) for 20 years.

- Sarah Rashmee Souri is a psychotherapist, storyteller, musician, and speaker. She has her own psychotherapy private practice in the north hills area of Pittsburgh (Souri Counseling Solutions). Sarah loves helping others find their voice through the art of public speaking, and she is a big believer in the therapeutic power of storytelling!

- Meg St-Esprit, M. Ed. is a freelance journalist based in Bellevue. With a background in education and human services, she has turned her career towards using the written word to highlight issues she is passionate about. Locally she has written for PublicSource, Storyburgh, Niche.com, and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Her work has been featured nationally in publications such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post. She has a passion for advocating for housing justice, low wage earners, and educational equity. As a parent of four young kids herself, she also enjoys connecting with parents through writing about the struggles, hilarity, and joys of raising children. Find her work at www.megstesprit.com or follow her on Twitter @megstesprit.

- For more than 24 years, Rev. Kellie Wild has worked in senior management positions to serve people living in poverty, including people who are experiencing homelessness. Currently serving as director for the IMPACTS program at East End Cooperative Ministry, Rev. Kellie’s wide ranging career has included physical therapy and law. Her volunteer work has included service on the boards of Church Union, Foundation of HOPE, and Three Rivers Walk to Emmaus; the advisory board of the Seminary’s Metro-Urban Institute; and various committees of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the UMC. Most recently, Rev. Kellie received the Fred McFeely Roger’s Award for Creative Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

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