Project Homeless Connect, Lincoln City, Thursday
Photos by Casey Miller, Lincoln County PIO
Clothing picture: Linda Roy, LC Chamber and Rosie Sufficool, Consultant
Stirring the chili: Brad Taylor, News Reporter
Project Homeless Connect figured they served nearly 100 homeless persons today at their services outreach operation that was held at the St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church in Lincoln City. The doors opened at 10am and ran until 3pm, offering food, clothing, shoes, toiletries, dental services, employment referrals, leads on cheap places to live, getting birth certificate information, official ID, and lots more.
Many were appreciative of the community’s efforts to reach out to the them, whose numbers are growing by the day as more homes are foreclosed on those who have no jobs and no hope of even renting shelter that’s even half-way decent for themselves or their families. They especially appreciated the abundance of food for them to partake at the church.
Lincoln City Mayor Dick Anderson stopped by during the noon hour to see how things were going and he said he was very impressed that the operation was so well organized, especially among the agencies and specialty services that were on hand to help the homeless. “It was going very smoothly,” Anderson said. “I especially admired the volunteers who guided the homeless among the various service providers. They did it with such kindness and caring. They were just wonderful.”
Lincoln County Commissioner and homeless advocate Bill Hall was also on hand watching what he called a very smooth running operation where the needs of the homeless were quickly determined and then fulfilled in short order. He said he was very impressed with the efficiency in the way everything worked so well in the space provided by St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church. He said he looks forward to the next Project Homeless Connect coming up in mid-October in Newport at the Newport Church of the Nazarene on NW 12th.