On behalf of the Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition’s Project Connect Committee, I would like to thank several members of this community for their participation in our annual Project Connect, which was held on Tuesday, Aug. 27.
Thank you to the First Church of the Nazarene for allowing us to hold our event in their activity center and all the work they put into setting up; to the many volunteers who gave their time setting up, collecting data, welcoming guests, cleaning up and all the other duties they performed; and to our funders, Johnson Control – Blue Sky and Owosso Masonic Lodge #81, F. & A.M.
A huge thank you has to go to all the hair stylists who donated their time, including Chasidy L. from Studio Hue; Kim R. from Great Clips; and Alyson N., Carlie S., Genna M. and Jenna V. from Paul Mitchell the Salon, located in Clinton Township; as well as manicurists and hand therapists Micki K. and Kathleen A. You all did a fantastic job!
I would also like to thank the 41 nonprofit, governmental and volunteer organizations that participated as vendors in Project Connect 2019. It was a challenge, but they did a phenomenal job!
A big thank you goes to the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Posse for holding a school supplies drive at Meijer and Walmart. Thank you to both stores, as well, for allowing this to happen.
Also, thank you to Commissioner Dan McMaster for bringing about 600 pounds of fresh vegetables from the County Jail Garden for distribution to our attendees, and also for staying to help. And, thank you to O-Town Café. The food was delicious. Over 200 people ate lunch.
Last but not least, I would like to thank all of the members of the Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition who worked so hard to organize and put together this terrific event that connects those in need with those who are able to assist. Shiawassee County organizations offer a wide array of services and caring employees who work tirelessly and without recognition in serving those who are homeless or low-income residents.
A few preliminary (subject to change) numbers from this year’s Project Connect: 156 families, and a total of 455 Shiawassee County residents, received services at Project Connect 2019, including six families that were literally homeless. Twenty-eight veterans attended and 57 households had earned income.
Rebecca Zemla, chairperson,
Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition