Way of Western Connecticut Gives Boost To Danbury Project Homeless Connect
The United Way of Western
Connecticut has given a welcome boost to
efforts to address homelessness in the region by contributing $1000 in gift
cards for food purchases to be distributed to persons in need at Danbury Project Homeless Connect 2010. The cards will allow individuals
and families facing homelessness to purchase meals at area food
Danbury's Fourth Annual Project
Homeless Connect will take place on December
10, 2010 on the Downtown Campus of Western Connecticut State University from
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Organized by the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care, the
event is a key component of the
region's Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness bringing
together more than forty area housing agencies and service providers along with
community volunteers to provide one-stop delivery of an array of assistance to
persons who are homeless or in need of housing or supportive services. Danbury's
project is part of a nationwide effort to end and prevent homelessness in
America initiated by the United States Interagency Council on
An array of services will be
provided on-site, including medical and vision screenings, dental services,
housing assistance, social services, Veterans benefits, credit counseling,
substance abuse counseling, nutritional assistance, credit counseling, legal
help, employment assistance, mental health counseling and other services.
Transportation will be provided to bring clients to Connecticut Motor
Vehicles Department for help with driver licenses and identification. Hot
food services will be provided throughout the day courtesy of Walsh Catering.
Bus passes, gift bags, clothing and other items will also be provided for
guests. Volunteer translators will be on hand to assist guests. WestConn students will be
staffing an activities area for children. Individuals and agencies are
invited to call should they have any questions about the services offered or if
they have any special service needs.
The United Way of Western Connecticut has been a key partner in Danbury Project
Homeless Connect from its inception.
In addition to its financial contributions, United Way representatives
have actively participated in planning and outreach efforts regarding the
event. This year the United Way’s David Deschenes produced a video
regarding the Danbury Housing Partnership and Danbury Project Homeless Connect
that was introduced at the Danbury Housing Partnership Awards Breakfast in
October. The United Way also
participated in the development of Danbury’s Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness
and is represented on the Danbury Housing Partnership, the entity
established to oversee implementation of the plan.
For more information
about Danbury Project Homeless
Connect and the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care please call Co-Chair Milena Sangut at 203-448-3224
or click on the link:
For more information about
the Danbury Housing Partnership please call Chairman
Mark J. Nolan at 203-797-8255
or visit http://www.danburyhousingpartnership.org.