SHIAWASSEE Community Foundation employees, (from left): Carole Soule, Executive Director; Jessica Houska, the new Youth Advisory Council Advisor, and Lisa Clark, the new Shiawassee Community Foundation Administrative Assistant, were handing out bags with shampoo and deodorant during Project Connect Thursday, Sept. 17. (Independent Photo/MELISSA SHEPARD)

The Shiawassee Homeless Coalition held the 8th annual Project Connect, a free event designed to assist all Shiawassee County residents, but specifically the homeless, low-income and at-risk of being homeless, on Thursday, Sept. 17, at The First Church of the Nazarene on M-52, Owosso.

A record-setting 42 vendors were on hand, offering free information and assistance with employment, hygiene, homelessness, preventive services as well as depression and health screenings. There was also a truck parked outside with food that was distributed by the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Over 30 volunteers showed up to help.

Rebecca Zemla, Manager of Capital Area Community Services and Project Connect Chair, thanked Johnson Controls – Blue Sky, The Cook Family Foundation, the Owosso Church of the Nazarene the Youth Advisory Committee through the Shiawassee Community Foundation and all the volunteers for their support.

Project Connect 2015 was last modified: September 21st, 2015 by Karen Elford