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Project Homeless ‘Connect’s with residents

Project Homeless ‘Connect’s with residents

Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 5:00 pm

Carey Counseling Center Inc. recently hosted the first ever Obion County Project Homeless Connect at the Eddie Cox Senior Center in downtown Union City.
Service providers, volunteers and churches came together to assist individuals who were homeless or those at risk of homelessness. This resulted in 22 service providers with 36 individuals providing services such as mental health information, housing resources, applications for benefits, veterans services, eye exams, blood pressure checks, body mass index evaluations, financial assistance, legal aid, career services, shelter resource, foreclosure prevention, domestic violence information and many more services.  
Twenty-two volunteers from the University of Tennessee at Martin, various churches and others from the community participated. Some passed out donated goods such as clothing items, toys, canned goods, hygiene kits, blankets, water and toiletries. Others served a breakfast of muffins, sausage and biscuits, along with juice and a lunch of chicken, potatoes, green beans, rolls and Girl Scout cookies. All goods and food at the event were donated or bought with donations from the community.  
Each service recipient was partnered with a volunteer to help them navigate the services. As many as 19 service recipients attended, with 20 children in their families. Among those who benefited from the event were two recipients who received their identification, plus several more who will be receiving birth certificates; a family of three had their water turned on; eight individuals received three outfits from Helping Hands Ministries and many recipients used PHC transportation. Several service recipients reported they felt the event helped their situation.                   
“Carey Counseling Center Inc. was very pleased with their first Project Homeless Connect Event and we hope to replicate it in other counties, as well as staging a yearly event in Obion County,” a spokesman said. “The event would not have been possible without the work of those who took part and those that donated. Without their help this event would not have been so successful.”
For more information about Project Homeless Connect or Carey Counseling Center Inc., contact Amanda Nichols at 885-5060.    

Published in The Messenger 5.02.12

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