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Ash Uss '17

More Than a Meal or a Mat: Addressing Homelessness in a Holistic Way

Featuring Ash Uss ‘17

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 :: 12:00 noon

Emmanuel College Alumni Relations is proud to present the Emmanuel Together – Alumni Spotlight Series. This 9-part series will feature a new topic and alum profile each month September 2021-May 2022.

During this season of giving, we are pleased to present Ash Uss '17 discussing More Than a Meal or a Mat: Addressing Homelessness in a Holistic Way.

This registration is now closed. If you would like to attend, please email alumni@emmanuel.edu for the Zoom information.


About Ash Uss '17:

Originally from Amityville, New York, Ash began working in homelessness as an Emmanuel student. As an undergraduate student, Ash participated in the Alternative Spring Break Program to Phoenix. She travelled to Phoenix during all four of her spring breaks to work with people experiencing homelessness. She then returned to Phoenix after graduating in 2017 and completed a year of service with Andre House of Hospitality, a homeless services center in downtown Phoenix. She then worked as a community advocate for additional shelter beds and was the principal investigator on a research study with 100 unsheltered individuals in downtown Phoenix. Ash is passionate about disrupting structural, institutional and cultural practices which criminalize homelessness and poverty. She also participates in a variety of regional efforts to end homelessness through the Arizona State Mental Health, Housing and Homelessness Workgroup and the City of Phoenix’s Strategies to Address Homelessness Task Force.

As someone who once benefited from St. Vincent de Paul’s services, Ash has a unique ability to relate to many of the individuals she works with. In 2021 she started her own consulting business called From the Ground Up. She is excited to leverage the depth of her community relationships to collaborate with individuals and organizations to propose, design and implement compassionate responses to homelessness from the ground up.