unraveling homelessness


Event Update

Please see below for important event updates and information.

Parking and Location

Please arrive with plenty of time to park. You may park in both the Red and Orange Parking lots. Once you have entered the building, please proceed to Sikes Hall for all of the festivities. 

Cashless Bar

Please keep in mind that this is a cashless event. If you would like to purchase a drink at the bar, please be sure to bring a debit or credit card. 

Unraveling Directions Talbot House Homelessness Lakeland FL

join us oct. 19

we examine the five “common threads” that can cause a person to fall into homelessness and how, together, our community can weave a stronger and more resilient future.

Poverty. Illness. Abuse. Food Insecurity. Housing.

These are the five “common threads” that emerge time and time again when we talk to our clients about their descent into homelessness. Through their stories, we learn about the societal gaps and pressures that can cause even the most well-prepared individuals to struggle. 

On October 19, Talbot House will hold its largest fundraising event of the year to support programs addressing each common thread issue. We will discuss how, together, our community can weave a stronger and more resilient future. Please join us for an evening of joy, compassion, and generosity. Registration is required and tickets are available now.  


Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023

Silent Auction: 5:30 p.m.

Program: 6:30 p.m.

RP Funding Center

701 W. Lime St. Lakeland, FL 33815

featuring rev. W. david mcentire

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David is a native of Atlanta, GA and has lived in communities in Europe, the Far East and throughout the United States. David has served in ministry in the Florida and North Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church for 48 years. David is a 1972 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in Psychology and Religion. He attended seminary at Duke Divinity School, Duke University and began his first appointment in1981. David has served churches in Plantation, Ocklawaha, Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, and Lakeland, retiring at the end of 2022.

David married Nancy Curran in 1976. Nancy was born in Baltimore but grew up in Pompano Beach, Fl. Nancy and David have three children; Katie, Andy and Molly. Katie is married to Matt Wiatt (the son of Rev. Wayne Wiatt). They work for IndieAtlantic Films. Andy is married to Ashley and they have two sons, Crosley and Jude. Andy owns a film company, the IndieAtlantic Company and is co-owner of Concord Coffee. Molly is a 2013 graduate of Florida State University and currently works at the Florida United Methodist Conference as an associate director of missions and volunteers.

David is firmly grounded in his Wesleyan roots and theology, grateful to part of the United Methodist family. He is passionate about mission and evangelism and most of all loves to preach. David’s greatest joy is knowing that a person has come to know the love of Jesus Christ in a personal way.


Geri Blount, Singer, Songwriter, Musician

Passionate about her music, this Florida native strives to please her audiences, both young and old, with an eclectic mix of genres from her musical roots of country, gospel and bluegrass to rock, blues, covers and originals.

Over the past three decades, prior to pursuing her solo career, Geri performed as lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for several bands having the opportunity to share the stage as the opening act for Waylon Jennings, Aaron Tippin, Jett Williams, Blackhawk, The Lost Trailers, Joe Nichols, and Southern Star Bluegrass.

In 2015, Geri decided to go in a new direction as a solo artist. Since 2020, she has been a full-time musician, performing 250-300 shows a year throughout central Florida, playing at various venues including restaurants, festivals, corporate and private events, senior living communities, assisted living communities. In addition to her solo career, she also performs on occasion with her duo/trio group “SideKix” and leads praise and worship for several ministries.

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Emcee: Stacy Campbell-Domineck

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Stacy currently serves as the President & CEO for CareerSource Polk. In this role, Stacy leads a workforce system consisting of two full-service One-Stop Career Centers, a Mobile Career Center, a Youth Services Division, a Business Services Division, and a corporate office. Stacy has over 19 years of experience in workforce development and over 26 years of experience in leadership, supervision, and management.

Stacy is very engaged with economic development organizations and chambers of commerce in Polk County where she acts as a catalyst in forming successful relationships with vital business and education partners. Stacy has been instrumental in sparking and leading conversations regarding the State of the workforce and business intelligence regarding talent acquisition and retention. She has served as a consultant for the State of North Carolina’s workforce system to improve customer engagement and satisfaction. She is a highly sought­ after speaker and trainer and has presented at numerous statewide, regional, and national conferences as well as served as keynote speaker for private business events.

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Psychology, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Mississippi State University and has completed all coursework towards a doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 


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Your business, church, or organization can maximize its impact by sponsoring one or more tables at our annual banquet. Recognition varies by sponsorship level. You can make a sponsorship gift online or download the form below. 

For more information, email events@talbothouse.net or call (863) 687-8475, ext. 140.