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Project Homeless Connect Links Nearly 1,000 Homeless to Essential Services

DENVER – Nov. 18, 2014 – At Project Homeless Connect (PHC) 14 on Monday, Nov. 17, nearly 1,000 homeless individuals and families accomplished in one day tasks that might normally take months to complete separately. PHC 14 brought together Denver’s homeless community, a record number of volunteers and 133 providers of essential services such as medical exams, employment opportunities, legal aid and housing information. 

“Each year, in one place and on one day, Project Homeless Connect links hundreds of homeless parents, children, seniors and individuals in our community to dozens of crucial services needed to get back on their feet,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “Project Homeless Connect wouldn’t be possible without the help of our community, and this year we saw more volunteers participate than ever before, which clearly shows the community’s continued commitment to finding long-term solutions for homelessness.” 

Hundreds of PHC 14 volunteers were paired one-on-one with homeless persons to help them navigate the wide-array of services available. During the event, more than 900 people accessed housing information, approximately 750 received clothing, more than 350 obtained information on job opportunities or received resume assistance and more than 500 received medical care. 

Twenty-year-old Cory Madison talked with attendees about his path to self-sufficiency. Cory was a college student who suddenly became homeless. Cory received assistance from Urban Peak, a shelter for homeless youth, found a job and will move into his own apartment in December. He told attendees that they must keep pushing forward, even during the toughest of times. “I encourage everyone here today to not give up. After 14 months, what seemed to be a bleak situation turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Today, I have a job I like, and I get to help others. Believing in yourself can change your life.” 

“Each year, by working together as a community, we are able to create real opportunities for homeless persons in Denver that may otherwise be unattainable to them,” said Bennie Milliner, executive director of Denver’s Road Home, the city’s program to end chronic homelessness. “Even though we are many years into hosting the event, we saw record volunteers and more than a hundred service providers present today. The determination of the community to find an end to homelessness is clearly present today at Project Homeless Connect.” 

PHC 14 was coordinated by Denver’s Road Home, the City and County of Denver and Mile High United Way with support from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Regis University and more than a hundred service providers.  A full list of providers is attached to this release. 

Since 2006, Project Homeless Connect has provided more than 12,000 homeless individuals with services including medical care, legal and employment services, haircuts, benefit assistance and access to clothing.

 About Denver’s Road Home

Denver’s Road Home is the city’s program to end homelessness. It was created by the mayor’s Denver Commission to End Homelessness in 2005. Denver’s Road Home is a comprehensive, integrated plan that blends a housing-first solution with responsibility, self-reliance and accountability. The plan aims to link thousands of homeless people and those at-risk of becoming homeless to shelter, housing, job training, mentoring, eviction assistance and case management services. To learn more, visit www.DenversRoadHome.org.

Project Homeless Connect 2014 Service Providers

 

Nelson Ministries

Budget Mobile

Denver Public Library

Mile High United Way 2-1-1

Massage Therapists

Denver Public Schools  Homeless Education

Providers’ Resource Clearinghouse

Wells Fargo

Denver Police Department

Denver Animal Shelter

Denver Pet Strategy workgroup

Peace, Love & Paws, Inc.

Animal Haus

Colfax Community Network

PATH Program/Aurora Mental Health Ctr.

Great Clips

Blow Salon

Independent Hair Stylists

Harm Reduction Action Center

Bank on Denver

Taxpayer Advocate Service

Energy Outreach Colorado

Gary Rhodes Photography

Pin and Tonic

Clayton Early Learning

Denver VOICE

Senior Support Services

Metro Volunteers

Denver Out Loud

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Veterans Programs

Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office

VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans

Volunteers Of America, Back Home

Denver Human Services Veterans Services

Rocky Mountain Human Services

Volunteers Of America

ReHire Colorado

Denver City & County Office of Human Resources

Youth for a Change

MiCasa

Work Options for Women

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Work for the Door, Open Door Ministries

Goodwill

Urban Peak

Job Corps

Talent Acquisition, Denver Office of Human Resources

Workforce Centers, Denver Office of Human Resources

Emily Griffith Opportunity School

Community College of Denver

GLBT Community Center of Colorado

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Flaggers INC

 

TPM

Labor Max

UPS

Exact staff

Fed EX

SPCS INC – Bill / Steve

Transdev

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Labor Union

ABM Janitorial Services

Sodexo

LGC Associates

Allied Force

People Source

Manpower

Kelly Services

Elwood Staffing

Link Staffing

Sears

Kelly Staffing

Career Strategies Staffing

Home Depot

Allied Barton

Metropolitan Services

Stonebridge Hospitality

Denver Housing Authority/Warren Village

Denver Rescue Mission

Gateway Battered Women's Services

Samaritan House

Warren Village

Providence Network

Family Tree, Inc

Attention Homes & The Source

Empowerment Program

Volunteers Of America

New Genesis

Family and Senior Homeless Initiative

Crossroads Men's Shelter

Lambuth Center

Harbor Light

Mercy Housing

 

Open Door Ministries

Hep C Connection

Regis University

Walgreens

Colorado Health Network

Rocky Mountain Cares

Optometrists

Visiting Nurse Association

Davita

Lutheran Family Services Rocky Mountains

Nurse Family Partnership

9 to 5

Prenatal Plus at Rose Midwifery

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

Denver Health School and Community Programs

A Promising Future

Denver Human Services, Child Support Services

Denver Human Services, Outreach

Denver Human Services, Adult Protective Services

Colorado Legal Services, Colorado ID Project

Denver Vital Records

Denver Motor Vehicles

Social Security

Colorado Department of Human Services

Arnold & Porter LLP

Colorado Affordable Legal Services

Homeless Court

Denver Health Outreach Services

Denver Health Healthy Communities

Colorado Access

Denver Health Medicare Choice/Select

Colorado Disabilities Benefits Support Program

Centura Health LINKS

Metro State

CU Addiction Research & Treatment Services (ARTS)

Denver Office of Drug Strategy

Colorado Coalition for the Homeless

Denver Health Women's Mobile Clinic

JH Investigations