Dr. Joe Colletti Reflects on JFK

November 22, 2013 is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy Portrait

This year, November 22 will mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which left much of the nation stunned and grieving.

In commemoration, Dr. Joe Colletti, executive director of Fuller's Office for Urban Initiatives, has written a personal reflection on JFK's efforts to address poverty and how it influenced his own work to end homelessness. Colletti's latest project is to help end homelessness among veterans.

"By 1990, I was influenced by the writings of JFK and other world and national leaders that helped me dream dreams and see visions about the purging of poverty. Thus, I consider myself a product of JFK's presidential power to purge poverty," Colletti writes.

He continues:

"I primarily have been involved with ending homelessness, an extreme form of poverty, during this third cycle of 27 years. During this period of time I have had the opportunity to work alongside national and local leaders that have resulted in unprecedented decreases in national and local homelessness. These decreases are a result of the tireless labor of researching, promoting, and implementing evidence-based and best practices that were not prevalent prior to 1990 and not yet fully practiced today. As a result, I can envision how homelessness can be purged in the United States and will continue to help implement the evidence-based and best practices during the last few years of this 27-year cycle. I will encourage others to do the same."

You can read his full reflection here.

Dr. Colletti's Society of Urban Monks, an offshoot of Urban Initiatives, has organized a vigil in remembrance of JFK that will take place Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 5:00 to 6:00pm at Rose City Church. More details can be found here.

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