The event will begin at 11 a.m. in the Rose Lecture Hall located inside Lee’s Helen DeVos College of Education.
Bartlette will present “Macaroni at Midnight,” a profile of his experiences as a Native American child growing up with severe speech and physical handicaps in an environment of poverty, child abuse, family violence, racism, and alcoholism. Bartlette has shared his story over 5,000 times before numerous groups and conferences.
Bartlette’s professional career includes over 20 years working as an administrator, social worker, counselor, educator, and staff developer with troubled youth, minorities, families, and people with disabilities.
“Dr. Bartlette’s presentation will show the difference that one person can make,” said Reba Terry, executive director of The Caring Place. “There is a great need in our community, but we can all do something to help.”
The event will also include a food and clothing donation drive sponsored by The Caring Place. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food and gently used clothing items.
The Caring Place is a Christian nonprofit organization in Cleveland that provides food, clothing and professional social work services to individuals and families in need.
The event is free and open to the public.