April 3, 2018
Yesterday may have felt like just another Monday in our community, but it most assuredly was not for the team at Connections.
Thanks to the relentless support of our donors and volunteers, we reopened our drop-in services full time yesterday.
That means we are now providing basic, but critical, services five days a week to our neighbors. Now they can take a shower; do laundry; access a storage locker, the clothing closet or food pantry; meet with one of our case managers, mental health specialist, or nurses; and find the support they need to rebuild their lives and find their path back to stable housing - five days a week.
Our agency has come so far since July 2015, when we were reeling from the State budget crisis and were forced to close our drop-in services completely and lay off nearly a quarter of our staff. Resilience is one of our core values though, not only because our program participants embody it every day, but because our staff and supporters do as well.
With determination, careful planning, and phenomenal support from our community, we are transforming this agency from one that was contracting and worrying about its own viability to one that is expanding our supporters, our programs, the number of participants we serve, and by these means, expanding our impact.
Thank you for your support and partnership as we work together to serve and catalyze our community to end homelessness, one person at a time.