“Project Connect” Bringing Services, Resources to People Experiencing Homelessness Near 35th Ave and Cactus

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 13, 2022): Individuals experiencing or on the brink of homelessness near 35th Avenue and Cactus Road will be connected with a range of services and resources during “Project Connect” from 8 am to 3 pm on Friday, May 20 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 11650 N.35th Ave.

            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. 

            Guests also will have access to clothing, haircuts, showers, food and even bicycle repairs.

            Each guest will be assigned a volunteer to assist in connecting to services and resources. COVID protocols will be in place and screenings, tests and vaccines will be available. 

            Nonprofit agencies committed so far to the one-day event include Human Services Campus, A New Leaf – Faith House, Basic Mission, CAN Community Health, Catholic Charities/MANA House Veterans Outreach, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Circle the City, Community Legal Services, AZ Department 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 between 6:15am and 4pm while services are available between 8am and 3pm.

            For volunteer information, visit https://hsc-az.org/volunteer or contact [email protected] or by phone at 602-282-0849. 

For more information about the Human Services Campus and its 16 nonprofit partners, visit www.hsc-az.org.

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Contacts: • Amy Schwabenlender, Executive Director, Human Services Campus, Inc., 602-281-8628, [email protected]. • Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., 602-317-3040, [email protected]

ABOUT THE HUMAN SERVICES CAMPUS: Founded in 2005, the Human Services Campus is a collaborative force of partner organizations united on one campus to end homelessness.  Located just west of downtown Phoenix, 16 independent agencies on the Campus see nearly 1,000 individuals every day, offering a holistic range of client services including: reunification with family and friends; mental, physical and dental health; shelter; employment; meals; legal services and housing. Having all of these resources in one location with intra-agency communications makes it more feasible to provide a customized engagement for each client to help end their homelessness.  For more information, visit www.hsc-az.org.

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