Project Homeless Connect Reflection
Homeward is grateful to every community member who participated in the success of Project Homeless Connect 2017.
• For the eleventh consecutive year, coordinated vital services with the people who need them most
• Saw our neighbors experiencing homelessness take steps towards more stable housing
• Witnessed how the barriers to basic services many of us take for granted affects our most vulnerable community members
• Embraced Project Homeless Connect 2017 as an avenue to overcome these barriers
Yet, an important outcome exists beyond these stated results: we have all been reminded of the humanity of people experiencing homelessness.
We can often overlook the human component of homelessness. The person going through homelessness can become an abstraction lost in news stories of the crisis of homelessness. Yet, the experience of every volunteer, service provider, and Homeward board and staff member conveys something more basic. Our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness today are not other. They are just like us without a safe and stable place to call home.
Project Homeless Connect exists primarily to remove the barriers between adults experiencing homelessness and the services that can help them overcome it; yet, PHC also promotes the connection of community members who have and do not have stable housing. Yesterday presented every participant with the opportunity to look into the eyes of a person that is not singularly defined as homeless, but justly qualified as neighbor, family member, coworker, and friend.
Homeward invites you to take part of the effort to address homelessness in our community in these simple ways:
• Volunteer for our January Point-In-Time count
• Support the nonprofits that participated in Project Homeless Connect
• Donate to Homeward, the planning, data, and coordinating organization for homeless services in our region.