Jan 26, 2020
Town Hall Seattle and the League of Women Voters present
Josephine Ensign
Catching Homelessness

Sunday, January 26, 2020, 2:00PM
The Forum

At the beginning of the homelessness epidemic in the 1980s, Josephine Ensign was a young, white, Southern, Christian wife, mother, and nurse running a medical clinic for the homeless in the heart of the South. Through her work and intense relationships with patients and co-workers, her worldview was shattered after losing her job, family, and house—and she became homeless herself. Ensign joins us decades later to tell her story through her book Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling Through the Safety Net. With intense empathy and deep human perspective, she highlights the ways her experience of being homeless reconstituted her life with altered views on homelessness and on the healthcare system. Ensign provides a piercing firsthand look at the homelessness industry, nursing, and our country’s health care safety net. Join Ensign as she reflects on how her understanding of homelessness has changed her work, perspective, and life experiences—and changed her.


Presented by Town Hall Seattle and the League of Women Voters.


Attendees are encouraged to bring new socks for Operation Nightwatch, a privately funded volunteer-driven program serving homeless adults in Seattle/King County.

Join us in The OTTO!
Located in the Forum, The OTTO Bar is a great spot to meet with friends before an event or keep the conversation going afterward. You can purchase beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages or bring in your own snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy.
On the night of this event, The OTTO is open from 1:00 PM-5:00 PM.
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