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Donations, Volunteers needed for Project Housing Connect

October 19, 2014

Donations, Volunteers needed for Project Housing Connect

By Joe Mortensen

Personal care items and winter clothing – gloves, hats, coats – are needed for Project Housing Connect, the one-stop shop on Wednesday, November 5, for Midland County residents who are homeless or need help to keep their homes. Donations may be dropped off at Midland Area Homes, 1825 Bay City Road, Midland.

Volunteers are also needed, as hallway guides and to staff the registration tables and the giveaway room. Volunteers may sign up through the United Way Volunteer Website:  http://unitedwaymidland.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

Project Housing Connect will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Midland on November 5 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Use the Larkin St. entrance.

No prior registration is needed for those who seek assistance, but ID and evidence of income is expected.

The two dozen or more human service agencies cooperating in Project Housing Connect will fill the church’s fellowship hall with displays, printed information, and on the spot sign-up for assistance.

Two new services are being offered this year: people with no insurance can get free flu shots, and representatives of Bay Area Housing will be on hand to offer counsel and assistance with homeownership and eviction and foreclosure issues.

Among the most popular services at the annual event are free haircuts as well as health screening offered by MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland. Individuals who want a haircut should wash their hair before coming. Medical screenings require a 12 hour fast before testing can be done.

The giveaway room offers free personal care items and aluminum water bottles, all  packed in an attractive sling pack.

As in past years Midland’s Open Door will provide free lunch to all who attend.

Amanda Johnson, housing specialist at Midland Area Homes and chair of Project Housing Connect, said, “I hope that the event helps people learn something new and gain a new service which they wouldn’t otherwise receive.” Questions may be directed to her at 989-496-9550.

Project Housing Connect is sponsored by Midland County Continuum of Care and the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. The Midland Continuum combines the efforts of more than 20 non-profit and governmental agencies to prevent homelessness by providing housing-related services to those who are homeless or living in substandard housing.

Midland Continuum website: https://continuummidland.wordpress.com

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