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Building Bridges: Fostering Healing & Connections in Our Communities



Rose Korang
Maddie Poindexter
Lucreta Bowman


November 17-20, 2016
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel

35 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Friday, November 18, 2016—Morning Devotions

Rose Korang

"Loved to Love"

References: John 15: 9-17 & Jeremiah 1:5

Bio: Dr. Rose Korang-Okrah is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. She is a “staunch” member of NACSW since 2008. She is Catholic and has served in various leadership positions in the Catholic Church. It was through her service as the Diocesan Women’s Development Coordinator for Sunyani Diocese in Ghana that she took the plight of widows in Ghana to heart and developed a passion to help solve the human rights and social injustices that confront the widows. Since 2007, she has been conducting various studies on the Akan widows in Ghana, has published her research in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and has presented at both national and international conferences, including NACSW.



Saturday, November 19, 2016—Morning Devotions

Maddie Poindexter

"The Voice of Truth: Finding Your Identity in Christ through Forgiveness"

Abstract: “Who are you?” That is one of the most common questions asked today. As we move through the years this question becomes more complex. Everyone associates positive and negative words with their own identity. How do we start to release negative thoughts about ourselves in order to secure our identity within Christ? This devotional time will focus on forgiveness as the key to securing our identities in Christ.

Bio: Maddie Poindexter is a senior at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She has been an NACSW board member for the past two years. Maddie is currently the vice president of the social work club at her school and is very active in the Multicultural Student Development Office on campus. She has lived and volunteered in an orphanage in Chihuahua, Mexico for several years, volunteer experiences which have shaped her into the new upcoming social worker she is today. Maddie hopes to start in an MSW program next fall and eventually continue to pursue her vocation wherever God may lead her.





Sunday, November 20, 2016Morning Worship
Lucreta Bowman

"Building Bridges for Men and Women in Addiction”

Abstract: Lucreta will share how God has used her faith and personal witness to build bridges for men and women in addiction, helping them in their recovery, in rebuilding their lives, and in transforming their communities.

Bio: Lucreta Bowman’s early years were full of pain and addiction. Placed in foster care at birth, Lucreta never met her biological parents. She was abused as a child, and placed in a mental hospital at an early age. Believing that no one cared for her, Lucreta turned to a life of drugs leading to incarceration in several state prisons.

Yet through God’s grace, Lucreta has become a leader in her community able to inspire in others. She founded Having the Courage to Change, a 1-2 years program for adult women that takes a holistic approach to recovery from addiction.

Lucreta is licensed pastor and has completed Chemical Counselor Training. She has given presentations at the National Corrective Institute, and the Univ. of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Department. She has written a book entitled, Positive and Inspirational Thoughts, as well as an autobiography, Breaking the Cycle of Self-Abuse, which details her transformation from a difficult childhood to a motivational adult.




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