Financial donations are being sought to expand the services available at the seventh annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event in Newport Oct. 4. The one-day event provided direct services and service connections to 223 Lincoln County residents in crisis last year.
Although hundreds of hours of volunteer time are donated along with a wide variety of goods, 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,” said Hall. 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.
Hall said the committee has already booked one van for the date, but based on past demand, would like to make a second van available. “Each van will serve 20 people and provide about $25,000 worth of dental care. That’s a huge return on a modest investment,” Hall said. He said the committee needs to have the added funds in hand 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 event guests, with 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. Please write “PHC” or “Homeless Connect” in the subject line of the check.
Contact: Bill Hall, 541-265-4100
Lola Jones 541-574-8898