LONG BEACH — Project Homeless Connect is a one-day resource event connecting people to community services, referrals, and information at the Long Beach Elks Lodge on Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Support services offered at the event include housing assistance, dental services, eye exams and glasses, haircuts, veterinary checkups, haircuts and ID cards.

People experiencing homelessness are those who slept the night before in any of these places: a camper, car, or RV, with family or friends, in a tent or in the open, or in a shelter, hotel or motel. People living without drinking water, restroom or shower facilities, utilities, heat, or a place to cook are also considered homeless for the purposes of this event.

Last year Project Homeless Connect provided 139 members of our community with a wise range of these services. Throughout the day, more than 70 volunteers and 26 local agencies, organizations and businesses worked together to help guests access the services they needed.

Upon entering the Elks Lodge in Long Beach, guests are welcomed and escorted to an intake table to assess their individual needs and interests, before being introduced to a guide who accompanies them in navigating the available resources. Guests will receive sleeping bags, warm coats, hats, and socks as needed, and are invited to enjoy a warm meal with the community.

Project Homeless Connect is conducted in January to coordinate with the annual Point in Time count of people who are homeless in Pacific County. This project supports the Pacific County 10-Year Plan to Reduce Homelessness.

At least 75 volunteers are needed to make this event a success. If you would like to volunteer please contact Mitzi Pothier at gregnmitzipoth50@gmail.com or 360-574-3769.

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