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Project Homeless Connect April 23

April 13, 2010

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop-shop event providing immediate and free access to services such as dental and medical screenings, haircuts, employment assistance, grocery cards, homeless gear and more. The services are offered to people experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Friday, April 23
8 a.m. to noon
University Center for the Arts
Instrumental Music Hall
Entrance on Pitkin

Homeward 2020 – an initiative of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado that seeks to end homelessness in Fort Collins by 2020 - and the Colorado State University Student Leadership, Involvement, and Community Engagement, or SLiCE, Office are sponsoring the first-ever “Project Homeless Connect."

The event will be held at the University Center of the Arts in an effort to help find solutions to homelessness in the community with fundamental support of the homeless population in the area through an array of resources.

Free services

Project Homeless Connect will provide immediate free access to important services including:

  • dental and medical screenings
  • haircuts
  • employment assistance
  • grocery cards
  • homeless gear
  • bike repair
  • legal services

Free transportation will be provided by Green Ride Colorado and the event also offers free breakfast and lunch.

“The first goal of Project Homeless Connect is to provide a full range of high quality support services in a user-friendly environment,” said Homeward 2020 Director Bryce Hach. “The second goal is to engage the broader community about the issues and needs of our homeless population.”

SLiCE Office sought grant for hosting event

The SLiCE office successfully obtained a grant from the Daniels Fund in order to host this event. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students to participate in active learning,” said Pamela Sampson, director of SLiCE. “Our hope is that students gain an awareness and embrace the idea that anyone is susceptible to homelessness and that we all should care enough about our neighbors who are experiencing a tough time to support them.”

Project Homeless Connect gives people and organizations that have never been involved in homelessness before a way to make a difference in their community. “We hope this will be an annual event that will bring the community together in support of the homeless, the homeless service providers and the 10-year plan to end homelessness in Fort Collins,” Hach said.

Contact: Jennifer Dimas
Phone: (970) 491-1543