On Thursday, Oct. 19, Project Community Connect will hold its third annual one-day, one-stop event for housing, support and quality of life services directed toward those in the community who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.
The free event will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Admiral Coontz Recreational Center in Hannibal.
If you have been a part of Project Community Connect in previous years, you know the event is not business as usual. The day isn’t about waiting in lines, signing up to waiting lists or creating false expectations. It’s a day of immediate access, solutions and hospitality from the whole community working together.
The event features services such as providing birth certificates and photo IDs, clothing, haircuts, medical and dental screenings, budget services, housing/shelter placement, mental health services, career and education assistance, groceries and more.
During the 2016 event, 3,402 individual services were provided by 46 organizations to 300 people. The event was staffed by 170 volunteers with the goal of strengthening the community.
A variety of people attended Project Community Connect. Some were literally homeless; some had experienced domestic or sexual assault; some were employed but seeking additional assistance; some were in jeopardy of losing homes; some needed assistance with utilities or rent; and some had a mental or physical diagnosis.
Anyone needing assistance is welcomed at the event.
Those interested in participating in 2017 Project Community Connect — as a service provider, volunteer or sponsor — are welcomed, as well.
Visit eventbrite.com and search for 2017 Project Community Connect to register as a service provider or volunteer.
More information is available by calling the event co-chairs Amanda Wosman at 573-629-3346 or Kallie St. Clair at 573-221-8282.