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Ohio Wesleyan University Lecturer to Discuss Helping the Homeless
Henry M. Buhl Founded One of Nation’s Most Successful Job Training, Placement Programs

October 2, 2007

Henry M. Buhl
DELAWARE, OHIO – In 1992, Henry M. Buhl was approached on a SoHo street by a homeless man seeking help. Not only did Buhl, a retired investment banker, assist the man, but Buhl also made it his mission to help other area homeless people who needed only training and opportunity to find jobs and get their lives back on track.

That single encounter led to the creation of the SoHo Partnership, a program designed to provide employment training and job placement for the homeless. Buhl worked with local merchants to create job opportunities for people to sweep streets, clean up graffiti, and perform other tasks to improve the neighborhood.

But he didn’t stop there. Buhl combined the jobs with education and training initiatives in an effort to make a permanent difference in people’s lives. The concept was so successful that it has led to the creation of similar programs in other parts of New York and the nation.

Buhl will talk about his efforts and experiences as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s 2007 Sagan National Colloquium. Buhl will discuss “Training the Homeless to Succeed” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Benes Rooms of the university’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

In addition to being a philanthropist and social activist, Buhl also is a professional photographer, a passion he began to pursue after retiring from his 30-year investment banking career. Through the Buhl Foundation, he supports scholarship in the arts and human services and awards a biennial grant for excellence in photography. He also is a member and past chair of the Guggenheim Museum’s Photography Committee; a member of the Board of Trustees of Metropolitan College of New York in New York City; a director of FAIR (Federation for American Immigration Reform); and a co-founder of the newly created Coalition for a Secure Driver’s License.

Each year, Ohio Wesleyan University’s Sagan National Colloquium examines an issue of national and global significance with a fall lecture series. The theme of this year’s 22nd annual Colloquium is “Cities and Suburbs: Life in a Metropolitan World.” Past Colloquium speakers have included President Gerald Ford, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, and author Kurt Vonnegut. A full schedule of this year’s Colloquium events is available at snc.owu.edu.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 40 states and 45 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.