My very first blog post in 2008 was about Project Homeless Connect. It's a safe bet that I will write about it again because the challenge of homelessness persists.
The DBAP gates were opened to the homeless and those at risk of living on the streets October 11th. 270 social service and health professionals connected with about 281 people in need of services - medical, food, housing, employment. Hair cuts were available, and veterinarians were on hand to assist with the most loyal of pets. The Bulls' concessions company, Centerplate, with an assist from the Interfaith Food Shuttle, provided a hot meal for everyone.
A noteworthy feature of this event is the high level of volunteerism. 205 folks helped out. There's lots of one-on-one attention, an attempt to make this a personal encounter rather than standing in a long line for help. (The stats come from Matthew Schnars at the City of Durham's Community Development Dept. He ably organized PHC.)
Read the Herald-Sun editorial: