Film Series - The Homestretch

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Wednesday March 11

5:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

    March 11thThe Homestretch – FREE EVENT

Moderator: Natalie Harris 

Panel: Matt Reed Executive Director YMCA Safe Place & Markia Pence - former homeless youth and current student at ITT Tech.


Come join the Ali Center as we look at a problem facing all communities and especially our own, youth homelessness. After the screening we will have our product release party for the Ali Center UCrew Social Entrepreneurship Program.  Proceeds to benefit the Coalition Supporting Young Adults. #1in20kids


The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.


Discussion Moderator

Natalie Harris - Executive Director - The Coalition for the Homeless

Natalie Harris joined The Coalition for the Homeless, in April of 2010.  The Coalition is a member agency of over 30 homeless shelter and service providers serving Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  For four and one-half years prior, Natalie was the CEO of Miami Valley Housing Opportunities, a nonprofit supportive housing provider in Dayton, Ohio.  MVHO manages almost 600 units of supportive housing throughout Montgomery County.  Prior to joining MVHO, Natalie was a partner at The Partnership Center, Ltd in Cincinnati where she served as a HUD technical assistance provider and nonprofit grant writer. For 12 years prior to 2005, she served as director of the Specialized Housing Resources Department at Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC).  She has served as a consultant to the U.S. Census Bureau, Corporation for Supportive Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Urban Institute on issues related to rural homelessness and supportive housing.  Before joining KHC, she served as director of the statewide Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky and the Appalachia Service Project home repair program. 



Matt Reed – Executive Director for YMCA Safe Place Services

As Executive Director, Matt manages the operations of YMCA Safe Place Services, the social service branch of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. Safe Place Services’ includes a 24 hour Emergency Shelter for teens, the Y-NOW mentoring program, the Field Release program, and a Street and Community-based Outreach program.  He oversees the residential care, crisis-based intervention, and case management services of YMCA Safe Place Services’ emergency shelter program for 800 at risk youth who were placed in Safe Place Services’ care by self, parent or guardians, juvenile or family court, or child welfare agencies. He is currently a member of The National Safe Place Advisory Board, Jefferson Community Network for Child Safety (formerly Community Partnership for Protection Children and Community Collaboration for Children), Jefferson County Disproportionate Minority Confinement Advisory Board; The Casey Family Programs: Family Team Decision Making Work Group; Louisville Metro, District 10 Advisory Board; and a member of the East Side Neighborhood Association. In addition, Matt is a parishioner and volunteer for the St. Agnes Parish Family.



Markia PenceMarkia was born in Louisville, Kentucky.  She graduated a year early from Lincoln High School in 2010. She attended a year at Kentucky State University and now has a scholarship at ITT Tech.  She also spent over a year in and out of Salvation Army homeless shelter and is now in a transitional housing program at Home of the Innocents that pays her rent while she is working to finish school and work to save money for the future.  She volunteers at YMCA Safe Space and loves to workwith kids.


Doors Open @ 5:30pm – Screening @ 6:00pm

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 Special Thanks to the Coalition for the Homeless, Coalition Supporting Young Adults, YMCA Safe Place Services, PBS/ITVS, and KET!