Volunteers Provide Services to Over 600 People in Need

A total of 609 individuals received a wide variety of services during the annual Project Homeless Connect

By Beacon Staff

A total of 609 individuals received a wide variety of services during the fourth annual Project Homeless Connect, a collaborative effort coordinated by the Project Homeless Connect Committee and sponsored by Community Action Partnership, Samaritan House and the United Way Volunteer Center.

Participation was up by 14 percent over last year, according to the United Way. There were 216 service providers from 40 community agencies and organizations that contributed 1,453 volunteer hours during the recent two-day effort, which reached out to individuals, families and veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Services ranged from vaccinations and pet services to dental and medical services, hair care, financial and employment counseling clothing, groceries, bicycle repair and provision of household and personal care items. Clients also enjoyed a free hot meal on the site. The event was held at the the Samaritan House Administration Center in Kalispell.

According to event organizers, a total of 224 community volunteers contributed 1,098 hours at the event, including greeting guests and directing them to services, coordinating parking, serving meals, helping with set-up, cleanup and janitorial services and runners and delivery people.

Guests who filled out a questionnaire said they appreciated the services provided.

“I never thought I would be in this situation and I appreciate everyone so very much. I am grateful,” one client wrote in their questionnaire survey.

“What an awesome service to provide. Thank you all so very much,” another person wrote.


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