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Rebecca Zemla-Shiawassee Center Coordinator Capital Area Community Services, Inc.

2:46 pm

Independent Editor,
On behalf of the Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition and the Project Connect Committee, I wish to thank several members of this Community for their participation in our ninth annual Project Connect held June 9 at the Corunna Community Center thanks to the City of Corunna.  This event was aimed at providing support to Shiawassee County residents and Veterans who are low-income, homeless, or at-risk of becoming homeless.
There were 182 households representing 476 people that dropped in to visit and learn about available services at Project Connect 2016. Forty one were veterans, 12 were literally homeless (three Veterans), 19 were couch-surfing (five Veterans), 53 of those families were working.  They were from every town in Shiawassee County.
The Independent Newsgroup did some great articles to educate and inform the residents about the event.  Thank you to the city of Corunna for consenting to hold our event in their activity center. The many volunteers that gave of their time to set up, collect data, welcome our guests, serve the noon meal, clean-up and all of the other duties they performed – without you we could not have had the successful program. Thank you.
The District Rotary 6310, Owosso Rotary Club and Johnson Control – Blue Sky donated funding to make this program available in Shiawassee County. Thank you.
A huge “Thank You” has to go to all of the stylists from Fantastic Sam’s and Grondins. Personal needs items were provided through Thrivent and Allied Motion Motor Products employees. The Greater Lansing Foodbank who provided food baskets to attendees.  Thank you.
About 44 organizations providing services, and information and referral were present. Thank you to everyone who participated. Last, but not least, I would like to thank all of those Project Connect committee members who worked so hard to organize and put together this terrific event that brings together those in need and those who are able to provide support. Shiawassee County is blessed with a wide array of services and caring citizens who work tirelessly and without recognition in serving those who are low income, homeless and at risk of becoming homeless.

Rebecca Zemla-Shiawassee Center Coordinator
Capital Area Community Services, Inc.

Rebecca Zemla-Shiawassee Center Coordinator Capital Area Community Services, Inc. was last modified: July 18th, 2016 by Karen Elford