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New effort connects public with housing services

The United Way Community Impact Coalition will host its first Project Community Connect event on Tuesday, August 26.

This event is open to the public and the goal is to improve access to vital services and housing. This is a collaborative effort to engage consumers, business, non-profit community and individual volunteers to work together to create solutions to help better serve the local community members in need.

Project Community Connect is a one-stop shop model for delivering services to connect individuals and families with qualifying services. This local project is based on a nationally implemented model of service delivery called Project Homeless Connect.

The project will be partnering with service providers, businesses and citizens to bring multiple resources to one location where people can go and find the services they need.

Project Community Connect will offer the following services and more: housing, employment, medical care, mental health care, chemical dependence care, benefits and legal assistance, transportation assistance, daycare information, school supplies and food.

Each guest will receive help in identifying what specific services they need and will explore options they otherwise may not have been aware of.

This local effort is part of a nationwide attempt at breaking the myth that people do not seek assistance and services and would simply prefer to be in their situation. Data indicates that when people are approached in a respectful and kind manner, with available and appropriate resources, they are eager to accept help toward self-sufficiency.

National outreach professionals agree that it takes multiple contacts to build trust toward accepting assistance.

This event will be held at the Viking Plaza Mall in the old Thrifty White location. Hours will run from noon to 8 p.m. on August 26.

This information is provided through the efforts of the Community Impact Coalition. If you would like to know more about the work being done locally by the Community Impact Coalition, contact Jessica Boyer, United Way community impact director, at (320) 763-4840.