Project Homeless Connect, a service to Lincoln County’s homeless, set a new record for the number of homeless people served: 227 people. Old record: 189. Friday’s count showed 153 homeless adults, 74 homeless children. Nearly 160 registered volunteers guided them through the maze of donated services throughout the Church of the Nazarene’s serving hall on Friday.
Dental services, medical, mental health, official ID, veterans benefits, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, food, personal hygiene products, job and other training referrals, bedding, tarps, shoes, warm clothing, haircuts, all in the mix. Over 50 service providers helped those who have fallen through what has become America’s tattered and bedraggled safety net. There were even 20 rabies shots for their pets, donated by the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.
Growing homelessness has become a long festering problem in Lincoln and other coastal counties since typical winter weather conditions here are far more moderate than in the hot to frigid cold interior valleys. Homeless camps are more or less tolerated by local authorities knowing there is no where else for homeless people to go and they’d rather know where they are congregating than not.
There is a school district verified figure of over four hundred homeless children in Lincoln County.
Project Homeless Connect organizers say they want to deeply thank all those who volunteered and those businesses and agencies that donated so generously of their materials and services. But to be sure, the expressions of gratitude they received from the homeless they served will most assuredly be remembered for a lifetime.
Those who would like to donate their time, services or products at the next Project Home Connect event can call 541-265-9883.