A free screening of the documentary Beyond Homeless: Finding Hope will be given at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre on May 3. Following the film will be a panel discussion including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento County Supervisor Sue Frost. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Seats can be reserved via Eventbrite.
The documentary focuses on homelessness in San Francisco and Haven for Hope, a nonprofit fighting homelessness in San Antonio, Texas. One-time Sacramento resident Lemanda Del Toro will be on the panel to talk about how the nonprofit enabled her to leave behind a life of addiction, abuse and homelessness. "They care here. It’s like heaven on earth," she told the San Antonio Report.
The documentary was produced by the Independent Institute, which is working together with the Salvation Army and the Urban Vision Alliance to fight homelessness in the Bay Area, following the example of Haven for Hope. They welcome volunteers.
Mary Theroux, chief executive officer of the institute, appears in the documentary. She will participate in the panel discussion. Theroux also co-authored the institute’s 66-page report Beyond Homeless: Good Intentions, Bad Outcomes, Transformative Solutions.
The May 3 screening has been organized by Advocates of Self-Government. The event will begin with a reception where visitors can meet others with concerns about homelessness. The screening is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The panel discussion will take place at 7:15 p.m. The documentary can also be viewed at the Beyond Homeless website. A video of a panel discussion at the documentary’s 2022 premiere can be found at the Independent Institute's YouTube channel.