Town Hall

By | July 16, 2015

This series of classes features speakers who will keep you informed about a myriad of things happening in our world community. The scope of the topics will interest and amaze you—from government leaders to astronomy; from travel opportunities to how to cope with Medicare; from performers from the Houston Grand Opera to DNA; from religious tolerance to healthy aging.

Yes…you will find these speakers truly spellbinding. 

This class meets from 11:15 AM until 12:15 PM on designated Thursdays
(when LEOH is in session)

Please see below the speakers and their topics below for the Spring 2024 Session.   

Classes began on Thursday, March 14, and continued on consecutive Thursdays, ending on April 25. 

March 14        FREE TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS, AND HOW YOU CAN HELP YOUR NEIGHBOR

Debby Posso, Executive Director of Senior Rides and More, tells us how their organization assists those who have aged out of driving.

March 21         FILMMAKING IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

Dan Gordon, educator/nonprofit director, provides an in-depth view of how film-making is used as an interventional strategy for teenagers at the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department.  He takes us on a tour of the filmmaking residencies and shares some of the evocative films created by the teens.

March 28        TEXAS EQUUSEARCH: SEARCH & RECOVERY, “LOST IS NOT ALONE”

Tammy Phillips, Director, Business Operations, reminds us that their organization was founded in 2000 by Tim Miller, in loving memory of his daughter Laura Miller, who was murdered in 1984 at age 16.  She explains how the organization has evolved from a few searchers on horseback into hundreds of volunteers using the latest in technology and search methodologies.

April 4             ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Darenda Dorsey, Philanthropy and Volunteer Coordinator, HAWC (Houston Area Women’s Center), explains how HAWC provides shelter, counseling, and support services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.  Their mission is to stop this violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy.

April 11            PRESERVATION HOUSTON:  HISTORY IN PROGRESS

Jim Parsons, Program Director, talks about the organization’s work to save Houston’s irreplaceable architectural and cultural heritage.  He describes their educational outreach in providing walking tours, videos, and presentations, and he highlights some of the award-winning restorations which are bringing new life to Houston’s historic structures.

April 18           THE HARRIS CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND INTELLECTUAL DISABILITES (IDD)

Jennifer Boswell, Director of Adult Mental Health Services, tells us how their programs are transforming lives across our community.  She describes their services for those with behavioral and developmental needs.  Their programs strive to allow persons to live with dignity as fully participating and contributing members of the community, regardless of ability to pay.  Ms. Boswell also discusses the warning signs of mental illness.

April 25            HAVE SHEARS WILL TRAVEL 

Barbara Goodson, Executive Director, shares the history of this young nonprofit, and describes its current impact on thousands.  She also explains their expansion plans underway for Shear Success Barber and Cosmetology School in downtown Houston..