Community donations badly needed for upcoming “Project Homeless Connect,” helping our homeless citizens
Financial donations are being sought to expand the services available at the seventh annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event in Newport Oct. 4. Last year, the one-day event provided direct services as well as referrals to 223 Lincoln County residents – all of them in crisis. “Although hundreds of hours of volunteer time are donated, along with a wide variety of goods and services, the event does have financial needs,” said Bill Hall, steering committee chair. “The PHC steering committee has made funding a second dental van the top financial priority,” he said. A $100 donation from the Newport Presbyterian Women has been committed toward the $700 cost of securing the van from Medical Teams International. Lincoln County dentists and dental technicians provide their services at no charge.
Hall said the committee has already booked one van for the date, but based on past demand, would like to have a second van. Hall said that each van will serve 20 people and provide about $25,000 worth of dental care – a huge return on a modest investment. He said the committee needs the added funds very soon in order to secure the second van and recruit volunteer providers.
Any funds collected above and beyond the cost of the dental van will go toward other direct services to the homeless including assistance in obtaining legal identification, the committee’s top priority. “Many people have lost their legal I.D. or never had it,” Hall said. “Without it, it’s impossible for a person to access services they qualify for.”
Samaritan House, Lincoln County’s family homeless shelter, is serving as fiscal agent for the event. Donations are tax-deductible and may be sent to 715 SW Bay Street, Newport, 97365. Please write “PHC” or “Homeless Connect” in the subject line of the check.
Contact: Bill Hall, 541-265-4100
Lola Jones 541-574-8898