In preparation for St. Vincent’s collaborative “Project Homeless Connect” event coming up in late January, the charity asks the community for donations of warm gloves, beanies, scarves, coats, new socks and underwear, sunscreen, first aid items, sleeping bags, travel-sized toiletry items (razors, shampoo, soap, combs, oral hygiene items) and non-perishable food and snacks.
In partnership with about 60 other local nonprofit organizations that work with the homeless population, St. Vincent’s will distribute the donated items at the annual “Project Homeless Connect” event on Tuesday, January 27, from 7 a.m. to noon at the Reno Events Center on 4th and Center Streets in downtown Reno.
The event is part of a community-wide plan to help connect homeless people and those at risk of becoming homeless with a one-stop shop for services, such as: medical, dental and vision care, disability services, haircuts, job resources, pet care and housing assistance.
An estimated 1,000 homeless men, women and children will be welcomed and connected to service providers at the event. This is the seventh annual year of the “Project Homeless Connect” event in Reno, and it has become an effective, organized effort to coordinate services and connect with people living in poverty.
Donations can be dropped off between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day at St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop at 500 East 4th Street in downtown Reno. Upon drop off, please specify that the donated items are for “Project Homeless Connect.” For more information, contact Anne Schiller at 775-691-7768 or [email protected]
Established in 1941, Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada (CCNN) is a Nevada-based, 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit corporation operating nine human service programs including: St. Vincent’s Dining Room, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry, St. Vincent’s Resource Network, St. Vincent’s Residence, St. Vincent’s Thrift Shop, Holy Child Early Learning Center, Immigration Assistance Program, Adoption Program, and the Kids to Seniors Korner Program. CCNN is committed to providing help and creating hope in our community. From infants to seniors, CCNN assists approximately 40,000 people per month in the northern Nevada community.
Miriam Hodgman is originally from San Francisco. She previously was the communications coordinator for the largest hunger-relief organization in Sonoma County, California. She has a bachelor’s degree in American history, with a minor in American Indian studies, from San Francisco State University, and has a master’s degree in public administration from Sonoma State University. She enjoys training a variety of martial arts.