Free Event-Belonging, a Call to Building a Healthy Community


  1. john a powell is returning to the DeKalb area for an in-person conversation on Monday, November 27, 2023, hosted by the DeKalb Area Belonging Council.

Members of the community are invited to gather on Monday, November 27 at the DeKalb High School for an important evening to build on and forge new efforts that prioritize belonging for a healthy community.

A free community dinner sponsored by the City of DeKalb will be served in the cafeteria from 5-6:15PM. The event is in-person, free, and open to the public.

Attendees can expect to leave with a clear understanding of what belonging is, why it matters in our community, and what we need to do moving forward to build a healthy community rooted in belonging.

There is no cost to attend the evenings events at the DeKalb High School, but those who wish to attend the community meal need to register at

The conversation is hosted by DeKalb Area Belonging Council (DABC) with the supportive funds provided by the DeKalb County Mental Health Board and the DeKalb County Community Foundation.  More information can be found at


Jennifer Groce & the DeKalb Area Belonging Council


* powell spells his name in lowercase in the belief that we should be “part of the universe, not over it, as capitals signify.”