November 28, 2007 -The City of Knoxville,
Knox County and Remote Area Medical are seeking volunteers to help
make an annual one-day event aimed at helping people get off the streets
and into housing a success.
Project Homeless Connect, a day-long event designed to connect
homeless individuals with the resources that can lead them to housing
and self-sufficiency, is set for Friday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 a.m.
until 4 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center.
The program brings together the entire community - ranging from
individual volunteers to government agencies to faith-based and
medical providers and others who offer homeless assistance - and
the people they serve under the same roof at the same time.
The goal is not so much to feed and clothe people but to connect
folks living on the street with the resources - like medical and
social services and even housing resources - which can help get
them off the streets.
But to make that happen the city and Remote Area Medical need a
lot of help.
Last year more than 450 volunteers took part in the event - part
of the Knoxville/Knox County Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
- that was attended by more than 500 homeless individuals.
The organizers in particular need help from dentists and others
in the health care occupations but volunteers from all walks of
life are needed to help with everything from greeting people and
directing them where to go to gathering information.
Remote Area Medical will provide all the setup and materials needed
for dental and medical practitioners.
For more information about Project Homeless Connect, or to volunteer,
please access www.knoxprojectconnect.org
or call Mike Dunthorn, project manager for the Knoxville/Knox County
Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, at 215-3103.