Duluth area homeless can connect to necessary servicesAs many as 200 people sleep outside every night in Duluth, according to the organizers of St. Louis County Project Homeless Connect. Even more use emergency shelters or couch hopping to get by.
By: Teri Cadeau, Duluth Budgeteer News
As many as 200 people sleep outside every night in Duluth, according to the organizers of St. Louis County Project Homeless Connect. Even more use emergency shelters or couch hopping to get by.
In light of this, the organizers of Project Homeless Connect are asking everyone in the community to spread the word about this year’s Project Homeless Connect event. The one-day event is a one-stop place which provides a large range of free services to people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.
This year marks the eighth year that Project Homeless Connect has provided access to free, necessary services.
This year’s event will be in Trepanier Hall in the Gimaajii Building at 202 W. Second Street from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be a listening session with elected officials at 1 p.m. which is open to anyone willing to participate.
“There is a great need out there,” says organizer Joel Kilgour, a member of the Loaves and Fishes community. “Becoming homeless can happen to anyone in this time and economy.”
The services offered this year include free hair cuts, flu vaccinations, blood pressure tests, bicycle repair, employment help, a free barbecue lunch and much more.
“Empowerment” is the theme for the 2013 Project Homeless Connect. In addition to the services, there will be focus groups and/or workshops that deal with issues such as winter survival skills, alcohol and drug treatment options in Duluth, and organizing to protect your rights.
Project Homeless Connect is looking for donations of new or very gently used wool socks, in both men’s and women’s sizes. Any other new or gently used warm winter clothing is also needed. Donations are being accepted at Dorothy Day House (1712 Jefferson Street), any day from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you go
WHAT: Project Homeless Connect
WHERE: Trepanier Hall in the
Gimaajii Building at 202 W. Second Street
WHEN: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday