‘Rough sleepers’: Series of community talks to discuss homelessness in Helena

There will be a series of community conversations regarding issues involving the unsheltered in Tracy Kidder’s book “Rough Sleepers.”

Plymouth Church – UCC, in partnership with the Lewis and Clark Library, United Way, the Montana Jewish Project, Good Samaritan and the Helena United Methodist churches, invite the public to participate in the reading and five-week discussion of the 2023 book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

According to the New York Times, “Rough Sleepers” follows Dr. Jim O’Connell, a Harvard-trained physician who, since 1985, has been treating Boston’s most vulnerable unhoused population: the city’s “rough sleepers,” men and women who dwell mostly out of doors, in parks, in subway tunnels and on sidewalks. O’Connell helps create a program to care for Boston’s unsheltered community.

An unsheltered person is seen sleeping on a sidewalk in Helena.

Jeff Buscher, United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area

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