Street Voices

Larry Davis, former coordinator of the Street Voices Program, reflects on its success.

The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) speaker’s bureau program Street Voices has sent out trained speakers for 10 years.Street Voices is made up of several well-trained homeless and formerly homeless speakers who want to share their stories with your audience.  With each unique tale, their goal is to expose the community to the real face of homelessness and inspire people of different ages and backgrounds to serve and get involved in their communities.  They can attend a religious congregation or civic organization along with a staff member to talk about homelessness in Greater Cleveland.

Street Voices has been in existence for 10 years and has told their stories to many schools,  churches and faith based organizations on a regular basis across Northeast Ohio. Typically we do 20 to 40 presentations a year.

In addition, with the support of the Greater Cleveland Arts and Culture funding, NEOCH developed a Moveable Wall that can compliment our speaking engagement.  This is a series of panel displays of photography by people experiencing homelessness.  These trained photographers captured images from their worlds and each put together a panel to represent their work. 

Here are a few of our speakers promoting the program.  Each has taken a half day training session on public speaking and then worked on their presentation during the summer.  Each presenter is accompanied by a staff or board member from NEOCH. 

To schedule a Street Voices Speaker:

Fill out the "Street Voices Form", and a member of our team will contact you. NEOCH suggests a $100 honorarium, however, if the group is unable to provide the honorarium, no group will be turned away. Click here for a Street Speaker Flyer!

Our Speakers