Project Homeless Connect is a one day event designed to bring all service agencies and non essential services together in order to provide maximum help to the homeless and near homeless of the 21 counties served by the North Central Continuum of Care.
The event will be held on Thursday, October 25 this year in conjuncture with the St. Leo's Catholic Church Coat Drive. Most services will be available at the E-Free Church in Grand Island.
"Project Homeless Connect is an amazing opportunity for our community to unite and provide same day services to those in need. I am very excited to see what we can build and the impact that this effort will have on the homeless members of our region," said Melissa DeLaet, Project Homeless Connect chair. "Project Homeless Connect is about hospitality and results, both of which Grand Island is proven to excel in."
Project Homeless Connect began in San Francisco in 2004. PHC was built on models of response to Hurricane Katrina and Stand Down for veterans. This event has been adopted by more than 220 communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia since its inception.
PHC is used as both a way to for increase homeless awareness in the area and allow easier access to both public and private resource providers to those who are in need of the services.
"I feel this event (Project Homeless Connect) will open doors to resources and services that are many times barriers toward a person's accomplishment toward stability," said Cheryl Holcomb, convener for the North Central Region Continuum of Care. "Although this event may not address every problem, it will provide many of the resources in a one-stop venue to help with effort from all the human service agencies."
The Grand Island Community Foundation has matched the Continuum of Care with a donor who has designated $5,000 to help with Project Homeless Connect. The Continuum of Care is looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committees, volunteers to help the day of the event, and sponsors and donations to help defray the cost of the event.