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      Project Homeless Connect Coming to Grand Island

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      Project Homeless Connect is a one day event designed to bring all serviceagencies and non essential services together in order to provide maximum helpto the homeless and near homeless of the 21 counties served by the NorthCentral Continuum of Care.

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

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

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

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

      "I feel this event (Project Homeless Connect) will opendoors to resources and services that are many times barriers toward a person'saccomplishment toward stability," said Cheryl Holcomb, convener for the NorthCentral Region Continuum of Care. "Although this event may not address everyproblem, it will provide many of the resources in a one-stop venue to help witheffort from all the human service agencies."

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

      For more information onvolunteering contact Joyce Meinecke at jmeinecke@cccneb.edu.For more information on sponsoring or donations please contact Melissa DeLaetat mdelaet@hopeharborgi.org.

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