PROJECT CONNECT was held for the seventh time in Shiawassee County on Thursday, Aug. 3, with 243 local residents taking advantage of the free event that was organized by the Shiawassee County Homeless Coalition (SCHC) to assist low-income Shiawassee County residents. The event was sponsored by Johnson Controls and the Owosso Morning Kiwanis Club, and the free items and services offered included health screenings, employment assistance, veterans services, homeless assistance, hair cuts, manicures, hygiene items, depressions screenings, legal services, and many more.
Members of the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) can be seen loading fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable food items into the vehicle of one of the 125 families it helped throughout the day. The GLFB brought a full semi trailer full of food to dispense, and nearly everything was distributed by the end of the day.
The event began as a small homeless coalition, with only four organizations and seven county residents participating the first year. It has grown in popularity over the years. What started as a small group working to provide services to the homeless population of Shiawassee County, has grown into an event that now offers services to any low-income resident in the county.
SCHC chairperson Becky Zemla was overjoyed to see 243 area residents take advantage of the event, and she said the growth of Project Connect has created a more collaborative atmosphere among Shiawassee County service organizations.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)