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  • Writer's pictureRenee DeBoard Lucas

Invited to speak at Universal Healthcare Management Services' event!

Mr. William Patterson, CEO at Universal Healthcare Management Services reached out to TRUE, seeking to partner, as we have related missions. I was honored to be invited to speak at a community event Mr. Patterson was hosting – this was a rededication of the facility where his organization is based, in honor of two individuals killed by gun violence. Mr. Patterson and I had not met in person and I was grateful for the trust involved in inviting me to speak as a community partner at such a meaningful event. I spoke briefly and introduced TRUE and its mission. I did not know the other community partners, but Mr. Patterson had told them about me and TRUE and I felt immediately included. As I was leaving, the mother of the young man they were honoring gave me a hug and thanked me for being there. (This could sound like we’re trying to amp up the pain or take advantage of this - I definitely don’t want to do that so feel free to leave it out. It just meant a lot and is part of why we want to go to events like this – to join with the community in violence prevention).


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