Project Homeless Connect Coming to Grand Island


Service agencies and non-essential services are convening at a conference in October this year to see what they can do to help the homeless in our area.

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event that brings all service agencies and non-essential services together in order to provide maximum help to the homeless and near homeless of the 21 counties served by the North Central Continuum of Care.

The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 25 this year in conjuncture with the St. Leo's Catholic Church Coat Drive. Most services will be available at the E-Free Church in Grand Island.

"Project Homeless Connect is an amazing opportunity for our community to unite and provide same day services to those in need," said Melissa DeLaet, Project Homeless Connect chair. "I am very excited to see what we can build and the impact that this effort will have on the homeless members of our region. Project Homeless Connect is about hospitality and results, both of which Grand Island is proven to excel in."

Project Homeless Connect began in San Francisco in 2004. PHC was built on models of response to Hurricane Katrina and Stand Down for veterans. This event has been adopted by more than 220 communities throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia since its inception.

PHC is used as both a way to increase homeless awareness in the area and allow easier access to both public and private resource providers to those who are in need of the services.

"I feel this event will open doors to resources and services that are many times barriers toward a person's accomplishment toward stability," said Cheryl Holcomb, convener for the North Central Region Continuum of Care. "Although this event may not address every problem, it will provide many of the resources in a one-stop venue to help with effort from all the human service agencies."

The Grand Island Community Foundation has matched the Continuum of Care with a donor who has designated $5,000 to help with Project Homeless Connect. The Continuum of Care is looking for volunteers to serve on the planning committees, volunteers to help the day of the event, and sponsors and donations to help defray the cost of the event.

For more information on volunteering contact Joyce Meinecke at For more information on sponsoring or donations please contact Melissa DeLaet at

Courtesy: Hope Harbor