More than 1,000 homeless men, women and children will be welcomed and connected to local social service providers at the 2015 Project Homeless Connect event on Tuesday, January 27 at the Reno Events Center at 400 North Center Street from 7 a.m. to Noon.
The event, coordinated by Catholic Charities and The St. Vincent’s Programs, provides individuals and families experiencing homelessness to free services such as medical care, social services, mental health services, veterans services, housing information, and quality of life services such as haircuts and massages.
About 65 local service providers will attend this year. For the first time, the Nevada Health Centers Mammovan and the VSP Vision Care mobile van will both be on site offering free mammograms and eye exams. Those who need additional care will have follow-up appointments to include prescription eyeglasses if needed.
This is the 7th year of Project Homeless Connect and has become an effective, organized effort to coordinate services and best assist people who are dealing with poverty and homelessness.
Project Homeless Connect is a nation-wide best practice and is currently held in more than 200 communities around the world each year. Each community identifies a time of the year that best fits the needs of their homeless population.
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 Affordable Housing, 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 41,000 people per month in northern Nevada.
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.