The Shiawassee Homeless Coalition is presenting its eighth annual Project Connect, a free event aimed at providing support to Shiawassee County residents who are low-income, homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. The event will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1965 S. M-52, Owosso.
There will be approximately 40 agencies and other organizations offering to help with employment, hygiene, homelessness, preventive services as well as depression and health screenings.
The Greater Lansing Food Bank truck will be giving food to those who qualify and have accumulated a minimum of 10 agency/organization signatures on their intake sheet at exit.
Haircuts will be offered by volunteers from Fantastic Sam’s and Grondin’s. Manicures will be provided by Micki Peltz and two others assisting Micki. GiGi’s Catering is serving a hot lunch.
Personal need items will be provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Youth Advisory Council through the Shiawassee Community Foundation, Thrivent and Allied Motion Motor Products employees.
“A very special thank you to the Cook Family Foundation and Johnson Control – Blue Sky who are sponsors for this wonderful event this year,” said Rebecca Zemla, manager of Capital Area Community Services and Project Connect Chair. “ In 2014 about 470 people attended Project Connect and took advantage of a full range of services provided in one convenient place. Everyone who lives paycheck-to-paycheck or has lost their job or have medical issues, and are always at risk of becoming homeless are invited to attend. Project Connect will help you understand the services available.”
The Shiawassee Homeless Coalition reports 597 screening calls were received by Capital Area Community Services, Inc., acting as the Housing Assessment Resource Agency for Shiawassee County, in regards to housing issues of Homeless or at risk of homelessness Oct. 1, 2013 through Sept. 30, 2014. “There are many misconceptions about homeless individuals and families,” said Zemla. “Most homeless individuals have lost their job or are evicted because of the economy or are victims of abuse. Some are returning from the military or prison. There are many variables leading to homelessness and needing assistance.
“Volunteers for Project Connect are desperately needed. Anyone interested in helping for four hours is encouraged to call (989) 723-3115. Shiawassee County is where people help people every day. Thank You.”