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The Volunteer Ministry Center Presents


Featuring Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize Winner, and Best-Selling Author of Rough Sleepers


Dr. Jim O’Connell, President of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Tracy Kidder

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Tracy Kidder is an outstanding author whose best-selling works include House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends, Home Town, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Strength in What Remains, and The Soul of a New Machine, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. His most recent book, Rough Sleepers, is the powerful story of an inspiring doctor, Dr. Jim O’Connell, who helped create a program to care for Boston’s homeless community.

Dr. Jim O’Connell is the founding physician of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, which now serves over 10,000 homeless individuals and families each year in two hospital-based clinics and in 30 shelters and outreach sites and on the streets of Boston. He assisted in establishing the nation’s first medical respite program for homeless persons and designed and implemented the nation’s first computerized medical record for the homeless program. He has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, CBS Evening News, and in several feature-length documentaries.

James J. O’Connell, MD

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Honorary Chairs Dr. Robert and Carney Ivy

Carry the Torch will begin with a Mission Fair at 10:00am. Agencies which provide housing, general assistance, medical, and behavioral health service throughout our community, along with VMC will present booths and interact with event attendees who are looking for volunteer opportunities. The luncheon will begin promptly at 11:45am in the ballroom of the Knoxville Convention Center

Thursday, October 24, 2024

Knoxville Convention Center

Mission Fair 10:00 am-11:30 am

Lunch and Program 11:45 am-1:00 pm

Book Signing 1:00 pm-2:00 pm

If you would like to be an event sponsor and have a table for you and up to nine guests, please contact Mary Beth Ramey at 524-3926 x 229 or Download a Sponsorship Packet HERE for more information on sponsorship levels.

If you don't wish to be a sponsor and will not be attending as a guest of a sponsor, you may still attend by purchasing limited reserved seating at $125 per seat.

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