Individuals experiencing homelessness near 35th Avenue and Cactus Rd will be connected with a range of services and resources during "Project Connect" on May 20th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 11650 N. 35th Avenue, Phoenix 85029.
Guests will be able to meet with professionals providing housing support, healthcare screenings, job search and preparation, legal assistance and vital records and identification replacement, among other services. COVID-19 screenings, tests and vaccines also will be available and guests will have access to clothing, haircuts, showers, food and even bicycle repairs.
Nonprofit agencies committed so far to the one-day event include HSC, A New Leaf - Faith House, Basic Mission, CAN Community Health, Catholic Charities/MANA House Veterans Outreach, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Circle the City, AZ Dept of Economic Security, Homeless ID Project, Humans and Pets in Crisis, Justa Center, AZ Motor Vehicle Division, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Social Security, Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, St Vincent de Paul, St. Joseph the Worker, Street Medicine Phoenix and Valley of the Sun United Way.
“Project Connect meets people where they are rather than directing people to one location in downtown Phoenix, in order to provide services and resources in a one-stop model,” said HSC Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender. "We are grateful to the Valley of the Sun United Way for the support and financial investment that makes this project possible.”
Between 250 and 300 guests are expected at the event organized by the HSC. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles and shifts: set-up 6 am to 8 am; Guest Guides 7 am to noon and 11 am to 3 pm; floaters 7 am to noon and 11 am to 3 pm; clean-up 2 pm to 4 pm.