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Project brings services, volunteers, homeless together

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 10th, 2013

Homeless people line up outside the Civic Auditorium Tuesday for the annual Project Homeless Connect. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — The people who came seeking services at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium Tuesday came from throughout the county, and myriad different backgrounds.

Some were relatively nicely dressed, while others wore soiled, tattered clothes. Some toted all their possessions in large duffel bags, while others carried nothing. Some came on foot, others on their bicycles.

Nearly all the people who attended the fourth year of Project Homeless Connect shared one thing in common, however: for whatever reason they have found themselves without a permanent home, eking out a living on the street and in shelters and living through charitable organizations and the kindness of others.

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day communitywide effort to link homeless people with services and resources such as medical, dental and psychological services, housing assistance, legal resources and numerous others.

They also get help getting identification cards and with social security benefits, get haircuts and a free meal.

“We’re trying to create the possibility of all the services being in one spot to help people get on their feet,” said organizer Kymberly LaCrosse. “It makes it easy for them to get the things done they need to get done.”

For the complete article see the 04-11-2013 issue.

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