Project Homeless Connect started earlier today at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, TN, matching local volunteers and available services with people in our region who are struggling with homelessness. The Project is sponsored in part by United Way of the Mid-South.
Hundreds of local volunteers are helping homeless people with legal issues, dental and eye care, food and clothing, and in many cases connecting people with programs that can be an important first step to getting off the streets and into permanent housing. When a person who is living on the streets is matched with housing, organizers ring a bell to let volunteers know they are taking steps to reduce the number of people living without shelter in our community.
The event works to impact as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, and as conveniently as possible – producing a single site where people receive many different forms of assistance and service.
During a short kickoff program, local leaders including Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, City of Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, City of Memphis Director of Housing and Community Development Robert Lipscomb, Executive Director of Community Alliance for the Homeless Katie Kitchin, Vicki Carayiannis from FedEx Corporation and Dave Skorupa from United Way of the Mid-South spoke about how teaming organizations and volunteers makes a difference in people’s lives and impacts our entire community.
Project Homeless Connect has an event page on facebook , so show your support by posting it on your facebook wall and invite your friends to do the same. Click on a photo below to see it in a larger size.