The third annual Project Homeless Connect Norfolk is set to take place on Friday, June 28, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Norfolk High School.
This event is focused on providing immediate services for people who are homeless or struggling to get back on their feet.
Over 40 different service providers will be on site to help people as needed, including areas such as medical, dental and behavioral health services. A hot meal also will be available to everyone as well as haircuts and child care for those who need it.
All services are free and proof of income is not required.
Upon arrival, individuals seeking assistance will be directed to a service point where everyone’s data is secured to keep track of the number of people able to get assistance. All information is confidential.
The services are on a first-come, first-served basis and people may have to wait in line before being paired with a personal navigator. The navigators are trained volunteers who can help guide their person to the correct help that they need in a comfortable, one-on-one setting.
According to Lacy Kimes, one of the main organizers for Project Homeless Connect, around 350 people were helped during last year’s event. She expects over 400 people to attend this year due to the amount of need related to this spring’s flooding.
Although the need is there, Kimes understands hesitation in regards to getting help.
“It’s OK to be nervous and it’s OK to be overwhelmed,” she said. “We are here to help.”
Since this process is both stress free and of no charge to the participants, the $25,000 that was needed for this project was completely raised by local businesses and sponsors.
“Without those sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to have this event,” Kimes said.
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Want to learn more?
For more information, visit Project Homeless Connect Norfolk’s website www.projecthomelessconnectnorfolk.org or call Lacy Kimes at 877-379-3798.