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600 Volunteers Needed for Project Homeless Connect 15

Annual event connects hundreds of homeless to needed services like health exams, employment help

DENVER – Denver’s Road Home is issuing a call for more than 600 volunteers for the annual Project Homeless Connect. Project Homeless Connect 15 is a free, one-day event that is open to people of all ages who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless. During the event, volunteers are paired with individuals and families to help ensure the participant is able to access all of the resources available at the event such as basic medical or dental exams, legal help, employment advice, food, medical and other assistance benefits, hygiene bags, haircuts, clothing, school supplies and other community-provided services.

This year, the event will take place on Thursday, November 3 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. Those interested in signing up to volunteer for the event can do so online at www.bit.ly/denverphc.

According to the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative’s 2016 Point-In-Time survey, at least 5,400 people are homeless in the seven county Denver Metro area on any given night, many in need of the simplest necessities. Project Homeless Connect 15 is intended to deliver as many of those services to as many people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness as possible on the same day in the same place.

Since 2006, Project Homeless Connect has provided more than 13,000 homeless individuals with needed services. This year’s event will include more than 70 service providers within the Denver Metro Area. Space is still available for providers interested in participating in this year’s event. Those interested should contact liz.ochs@denvergov.org with their information and availability.

“A homeless family or individual could spend months connecting with many social service providers and government benefit offices in an effort to improve their situations,” said Bennie Milliner, executive director of Denver's Road Home. “For clients that attend Project Homeless Connect, several service providers are located in one space, allowing them to accomplish in one day what would usually take months or more.”

Project Homeless Connect 15 is coordinated by Denver’s Road Home, Mile High United Way and the City and County of Denver with support from Regis University.

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