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Malone University’s be:justice to address homelessness on September 26

September 12, 2013 | Release # 6710

The Malone University social justice student organization, be:justice, will host a discussion on homelessness, vocation, and serving others Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Brehme Conference Center, located on the campus at 2600 Cleveland Avenue N.,W. in Canton. The event is free and open to the public, but all are asked to bring a toothbrush and a tube of toothpaste to donate to Haven of Rest Ministries.

Guest speakers are Malone University alumna Yvonne Brake, director of development at Haven of Rest Ministries and founder of Because He Cares Ministries; and her twin sister Yvette McMillin, director of women's division at Haven of Rest Ministries. Both women will share how they are using their talents and careers to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.

This event is part of a larger conversation surrounding Malone University's "Malone Reads" book, The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, a memoir about a woman's unconventional, poverty-stricken upbringing. First-year students participate in the program; all other members of Malone's community are welcome to read the book as well.

Yvonne Brake is director of development at Haven of Rest Ministries, where she has served for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of Malone University (B.A., Management), Case Western Reserve University (MNO, Nonprofit Management), and is working toward her Ph.D. in organizational leadership from Eastern University; and has a diploma in church theology from Ashland Theological Seminary. She has spoken at conferences throughout the country and is a recipient of Malone University's Leadership in Excellence Award. She also received the Lifetime Achievement award from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, the Judge Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award in Social Service, the Women of Excellence Award from the Akron Black Women's Leadership Caucus, the Friend of the Family Award from the Ohio Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, and the Black Woman of Excellence Award from the Summit County YWCA. She has been named to Who's Who in American Women and the Who's Who in America lists. She is on the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the International Leadership Association of Gospel Rescue Missions board of directors, a member of Association of Fund Raising Professionals, the Christian Community Development Association, and Women in Leadership. Yvonne is married to Darryl Brake and is a church member of The House of the Lord.

Yvette McMillan is director of women's division at Haven of Rest Ministries, where she has served for more than 20 years and has also directed HRM's Harvest Home, a homeless shelter for women and children that provides relief, rehabilitation, and development programs and services. She is a certified trainer in Bridges out of Poverty. She is a graduate of The University of Akron (B.A., Social Work); Case Western Reserve University (M.A., Non-profit organizations); and has a diploma in theology from Ashland Theological Seminary. She has received the Summit County Black Women of Excellence Award, the Friend of the Family Award from the Ohio Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Excellence in Community Service Award from the Akron Chapter of Ohio Black Women in Leadership Caucus, and the Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award in Social Services. She is a board member of Because He Cares Ministry and is a member of ABC Zonta Member, International Leadership Association, and Women in Leadership. She is a church member of The Chapel.

be:justice is a Malone University student organization that explores justice on personal, local, national, and global levels; raises awareness; and offers educational opportunities. For more information, please contact Amber Balash at 330-471-8241 or nonynfu+znybar+rqh.

Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2015  , and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.

Contact:

Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
Phone: 330-471-8239
Cell: 330-324-2424


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