Let us introduce you to Project Homeless Connect!
On any given night in Pierce County 2000 people experience homelessness. This number includes babies, children, teens, and adults. They are victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans, and senior citizens.
Project Homeless Connect provides a starting place on the journey back to safety, stability, health, and hope. Onsite services address the needs that contribute to homelessness by providing basic medical and dental care, access to education, employment and benefits systems, mental health and chemical dependency assessments, flu shots, haircuts, and much more – all under one roof!
How it works: Project Homeless Connect is a wonderful opportunity for community members to contribute their time, talents, and energy to making our county a better place to live. On October 14th, we hope to serve 750 people experiencing homelessness with the services they need to begin the journey back to safety, stability and hope.
Utilizing a huge cadre of volunteers, Project Homeless Connect offers access to:
§ Veterans services
§ Family support services
§ Basic medical and dental care
§ Domestic violence assistance
§ Mental health & chemical dependency assessments
§ Child care services
§ Benefits systems
§ Identification replacement
§ Flu shots
§ HIV testing
§ Education and employment services
§ Veterinary care
§ Wound care
§ And more….
When people enter the front doors, they are greeted by friendly volunteers and offered the opportunity to enjoy a hot meal. Hand-washing stations are available for cleanup and volunteers are on hand to explain how the event works and what services are available.
Guests are asked to identify their top three needs and volunteer guides provide individual assistance to help ensure that those needs are met. This is particularly valuable in such a large and open venue, where simple navigation can be confusing!
Each ‘team’ coordinates appointments and tracks the number and type of services provided and the number of clients seen. In some heavily utilized team areas, appointments are essential both for manageable flow and to allow guests to visit more than one service component during the limited hours of operation. Medical and dental services are triaged so that individual issues are addressed appropriately.
“Why end homelessness? Because we can…”
Project Homeless Connect is far more than a resource fair – the event provides direct access to goods and services that people experiencing homelessness may need. This is possible because people in our community are willing to volunteer their time and expertise to help their unhoused neighbors.
Volunteers bring a variety of skills and abilities to share, from medical training to a talent for listening. Part of the beauty of this event is the opportunity it provides for more meaningful interaction with all kinds of people we may not meet every day. Come share a meal, give a haircut, provide an eye exam, be a guide. They need you!
Project Homeless Connect’s goal is to end homelessness in Pierce County. That requires a community committed to finding – and implementing – solutions to its causes. Project Homeless Connect offers access to the things people need to start the journey back to health, stability, and housing.
Volunteers are the heart of Project Homeless Connect and there are many ways to be involved. They provide training prior to the event that includes a walk through of the venue, a description of every service offered onsite, and clear assignment of duties.
Please contact them at the email address listed below with questions, for ways you or your group can be involved, or to volunteer for a specific area. See you in October!
Area specific volunteer opportunities:
Phone: (253) 593-2111
Ready to volunteer? Fill out the form below to sign up.
PC Homeless Connect Volunteer Form
747 Market St
Tacoma, WA 98402