Project Homeless Connect Newport organizers are gearing up for this years’ event and are looking for donations and are in need of more volunteers. Project Homeless Connect is scheduled to take place Friday. Organizers of the event however are accepting much needed donations. The one-day event brings together service providers with assistance with obtaining legal I.D.s, pet care, legal assistance, a hot meal, non-perishable food items and a store set up where those in need can get warm clothing and hygiene items. In a typical year, the event serves about 200 people. Thanks to a grant of $2,000 from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution fund they are able to purchase tents, tarps, sleeping bags along with ID’s and Birth Certificates.
All sizes of new socks and underwear for men, women and children are greatly needed. Warm items for winter like gloves, hats and coats are also needed for the event. This is the 8th annual event held to distribute services to the homeless in Lincoln County. Last year there were 168 people served at the event. Donations can be dropped at Western Title and Abel Insurance in Newport; at Ray’s Food Place in Waldport and the Yachats Community Store. Volunteers are needed as well in a variety of roles. Commissioner Bill Hall said the yearly event brings attention to the community of the plight that those who are facing homelessness are going through.
The idea behind Project Homeless Connect is to try to provide all the needed services in a one day event. The Samaritan House Family Homeless Shelter is managing the event and accepting financial donations. RSVP of Lincoln, Linn and Benton Counties is coordinating volunteers. To sign up to volunteer or to learn more click on the banner at the top of the page.