Sparrow Coalition founder talks with fellow group members

Marleen Shepherd (left) speaks at a meeting of the Sparrow Coalition in May 2015 at the First Christian Church in Carbondale.

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A group of advocates for the poor and homeless is planning a meeting this Thursday to talk about the state's current budget and its impact on social service agencies.

The Sparrow Coalition is hosting the In-Service on Advocacy to discuss the current status of the state budget, potential solutions to get social services adequately funded, and how local organizations can best advocate for their needs.

The Sparrow Coalition is a group of community partners addressing issues of homelessness and poverty in Southern Illinois. The coalition includes volunteers from social service agencies, faith communities, education and law enforcement and those who are retired, among others.

The meeting runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at First Christian Church, 306 W. Monroe St. in Carbondale. Lunch will be provided. The public is welcome. The featured speaker is Alex Wiesendanger of the Responsible Budget Coalition.

For more information, contact The Sparrow Coalition at

— The Southern



Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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