Nov 15, 2018
Denver’s Road Home, in partnership with Mile High United Way, hosted hundreds of people experiencing homelessness and housing instability at the annual Project Homeless Connect event. Denver’s Road Home convened more than 100 resource providers to offer on-the-spot employment, health, and other basic services at the Colorado Convention Center, removing the barriers of time and transportation that are especially challenging for anyone experiencing homelessness.
“Project Homeless Connect embodies our work to bring our collective resources to bear in connecting residents to housing, health resources and jobs,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “The collaboration of city agencies, nonprofits, and the community is what makes this event so successful, and I can’t thank the employees and volunteers enough for all they do on event day and every day of the year to support and lift up those residents experiencing homelessness.”
Approximately 1,400 people attended the event and connected to resources including employment services, medical check-ups, housing resources, coats and shoes, dental care, pet services and legal services. Project Homeless Connect had more than 750 community volunteers, many of whom paired up with a person or family experiencing homelessness to help them navigate through the variety of resources available at the Colorado Convention Center. Employers who hosted a job fair at the event reported 515 job fair participants and 157 job offers, more than double the offers from the year before.
“The relationships forged between volunteers and guests are what make Project Homeless Connect so unique,” said Chris Conner, Director of Denver’s Road Home. “When neighbors can understand each other’s needs and hopes, we strengthen the whole community.”
Since 2006, Project Homeless Connect Denver has provided nearly 16,000 individuals in homelessness with services including medical care, legal and employment services, haircuts, benefit assistance, clothing and other community services. The event is coordinated by Denver’s Road Home and Mile High United Way with support from We Don’t Waste, Regis University, and the U.S. Bank Foundation.
Quotes from Attendees and Volunteers
"Project Homeless Connect means support for me and my family," Lorenzo, a Project Homeless Connect guest, said. "Having all the resources in one place lets me take care of my family, which is my number one priority."
"It's great to be in an environment where all kinds of resources are in a place where people can access them all at once. It introduces people to resources that they didn't know existed and connects them to services they might not have found otherwise," Kenny, a Project Homeless Connect volunteer with Servicios de la Raza, said. "Today is not just about my program, it's about all of us. All the service providers are working together to help the people in our community who need our help the most. That means more than I can say."
Project Homeless Connect 2018 Service Providers