Project Homeless Connect 2012

Project Homeless Connect 2012

Notes from the Director

January 2012

“Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart; and you’ll never walk alone; you’ll never walk alone.”

– Oscar Hammerstein II

This past Saturday was one of the highlights of the year for me. Project Homeless Connect was held at First Presbyterian Church for the 3rd year in a row (4th for the event). The entire basement of the church and part of the main floor was transformed into a dental clinic, beauty parlor, eye clinic, doctor’s office and social service area.

Smiling faces, balloons, and willing volunteers greeted homeless and low income individuals and families that came through the doors. 212 people attended the event – over double the amount from previous years!

The numbers were impressive: 53 businesses and agencies directly involved in the event, 67 haircuts, 34 eye exams, 200 hot lunches and a line down the hall all day for dental services. Even more impressive than the numbers, were the stories. One woman told me she hadn’t had an eye exam for 14 years since she left the military. Even though she worked full-time, she had nothing left at the end of the month for her and her son.

People gathered shampoo and clothes, immunizations for their children and dog food for the pets. There were toddlers and senior citizens, individuals and entire families. Laughter, hugs, tons of thank yous – the air was full of spirit and hope. It’s hard to feel alone when people are offering services and everyone is involved in helping others. This event didn’t just benefit homeless and low income individuals; it benefitted all those involved.

Walk on, walk on, with hope in your heart!