Conversations for Change: Featuring Josephine Ensign, author of Skid Road

Oct 25 11:45 AM-1:00 PM
Zoom virtual event

Take a break, grab your lunch, and join us for a free virtual interactive session with Josephine Ensign author of “Skid Road: On the Frontier of Health and Homelessness in an American City.” She—and you—will be in conversation with Gordon McHenry, Jr., President and CEO of United Way of King County discussing historical roots of poverty and homelessness in Seattle.

It’ll take all of us coming together to solve our community’s most critical crisis and challenge. RSVP now to stay informed and affect change at this interactive session.

United Way is committed to making all our events as accessible as possible. When you register, you’ll have an opportunity to indicate any accommodations you need. Please note that a minimum of two weeks’ notice is necessary to arrange some accessibility needs. If you have any questions, please reach out to

P.S. If you’d like to read the book before the event, consider purchasing from Estelita’s Library, a local Black-owned library and community center.


Conversations for Change: Featuring Author Josephine Ensign
Wednesday, October 25th, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm


From the publisher:
Affluent Seattle has one of the highest numbers of unhoused people in the United States. In 2021 an estimated 40,800 people experienced homelessness in Seattle and King County during the year, not counting the significant number of “hidden” homeless people doubled up with friends or living in and out of cheap hotels. In “Skid Road” Josephine Ensign uncovers the stories of overlooked and long-silenced people who have lived on the margins of society throughout Seattle’s history.

About the author:
Josephine Ensign is professor in the School of Nursing and adjunct professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington. She is author of “Catching Homelessness: A Nurse’s Story of Falling through the Safety Net and Soul Stories: Voices from the Margins.”

If you’d like to read the book before the event, we suggest purchasing from Estelita’s Library, a local  Black-owned library and community center. Search for “Josephine Ensign” at this link.

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