Project Homeless Connect

VLogoJPGProject Homeless Connect is coming to the Donal Snyder Community Center at 2520 East Pass Road in Biloxi on November 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an invaluable resource day for homeless persons in the area.
Items that will be handed out include bug spray, batteries, socks, underwear, flashlights and bottled water. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to those who attend the event. Financial services, haircuts, health screenings, housing information, social services and cat and dog health exams and vaccinations will be on tap. Homeless persons will also receive VA assistance, resource information, personal hygiene items, supplies and much more.
Homeless persons in the area can ride one of the Coast Transit Authority buses for free on fixed routes to get to and from the event.
The free one-day event is a one-stop opportunity to provide people experiencing homelessness with access to a broad range of community agencies, professional services and personal assistance.
Project Homeless Connect will engage the entire community in a powerful day creating awareness and providing solutions with hope to significantly reduce homelessness. Volunteers are needed in many areas. If you would like to spend your day making a difference in the lives of people who really need your help, please contact John Hosey with United Way at 228-896-2213.
Donations of clothing, food and all of the items listed above are needed to make the event a success. To donate, please contact Kay Daneault at Mental Health Association of South Mississippi at 228-864-6274.
Kenney Washington, Director of Client Services and Acting Executive Director, at Back Bay Mission in Biloxi says, “The people we will be seeing at this event will need sleeping bags, tents, tarps and all manner of items that can make their winter easier.” The date chosen for Project Homeless Connect here on the coast coincides with Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week. PHC is not just an event that is presented here on the coast but is a nationwide event that touches thousands of people in need all across the US.
The lead agency involved in this event is the Open Doors Homeless Coalition. These folks are dedicated to building solutions to homelessness. If you know someone who is homeless and needs help, bring them to the Project Homeless Connect Event or call the Open Doors Homeless Coalition at 228-604-2048.
Sponsoring and participating agencies include Biloxi Police Department, Goodwill Industries, and Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Non-Violence, MS Interfaith Disaster Task Force, Mental Health Association of South Mississippi and many others.
By donating or volunteering for Project Homeless Connect, you and your family can make a difference in the lives of those who need assistance now more than ever. It’s getting colder outside and the numbers of those who are homeless here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is staggering. The reality today is that “homeless” doesn’t just include men and women but is all too often encompassing families and children. So, go through your closets, bathrooms and kitchen cabinets. Get rid of items you don’t want or need by donating them to Project Homeless Connect.

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