There has been a 41% decrease overall of homelessness in Shelby County. Even still, many who don’t have a place to call home, are getting some help Thursday at the Cook Convention Center, thanks to Project Homeless Connect.
This is the 8th year for the event, which is aimed to give homeless folks in the Mid-South services to turn their life around for the better. Project Homeless Connect goes along with the Mayor’s action plan to end homelessness.
Those in need are offered numerous free services. These include housing referrals, employment services, veterans’ services, health evaluations, haircuts for men and women, and free meals.
Since this program began in 2010, it has given thousands of homeless individuals a second chance for a positive, productive life.
“That’s the good thing about Project Homeless Connect. The people that come and volunteer actually take people through the system, help them to figure out one what are the top 3 things you want to get out of this today, and they have a chance to interact with them, hear their story, and understand they are no different than we are,” says Cheré Bradshaw, the Community Alliance for the Homeless Executive Director.
Before each participant leaves this event, they also receive a care bag which contains socks, hygiene products, bottled water, and more.
“The people, if they are on the streets, people don’t make eye contact with them. They just ignore them. This is a time where someone is spending one-on-one time just with them and people know and care,” says Bradshaw.
The event goes from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Thursday.