I believe that Project Homeless Connect was a huge success. With our current economy problems and increasing number of the homeless, the services offered at Project Homeless Connect were very helpful; especially because of the variety of services being offered. I personally believe that offering all these services under one roof helps reduce homelessness. With the wide variety of services being offered, a person was able to get the proper attention they needed without going to numerous places within the city; everything was held under one roof. I also believe that there was a great level of comfort; a person would be able to go to a station, like DMV, and not feel bad because of their situation. All the departments that were there were not judgmental, they were truly there to offer their services and help in whatever way they could. I believe that if health care was offered in such a way like Project Homeless Connect, where it is accessible to everyone, all the services were under one roof and only occurred every couple months, some people would chose it and some wouldn’t. It is very convenient to have all services offered in one place and very helpful since it would be accessible to everyone; however, it may be an inconvenience for some if they were unable to attend on the day it was being held or if were unable to get to the specific location. A big pro to the situation would be the accessibility to everyone. People of all different economic status would be able to receive the proper and needed health care. I believe that the large amount of people who cannot afford health care is a big problem in our society. So overall, I think it would be beneficial to our society to have health care offered in this way. Alias: snreez
I believe that offering free under-one-roof comprehensive services will improve homelessness. I think programs, like Project Homeless Connect, are great ways to help get people off the streets. It is convenient for the clients that all the services are offered in one place, because no one really has to worry about traveling far or having to rush from one place to another. Homeless people might find it difficult and discouraging to seek services at various buildings, especially in big city such as San Francisco. The available services at PHC are absolutely amazing and range anywhere from wheelchair repair, to haircuts, to getting a DMV identification card. Just to see the reactions on people’s faces was great. Many of them were so thrilled to have everything they needed under one roof and free! What more could they want? I don’t necessarily think that having Project Homeless Connect will help all the homeless people, but I think it will help many. Most of them are just looking for help and just don’t know where to look. The volunteers and staff I met were so friendly and so patient. They definitely made this a great experience, not just for myself, but also for all the homeless people as well. In all honesty, there are many people that want to change, and there are some people that in reality just like the way they live and don’t want to change. Project Homeless Connect helps make homeless people aware that there is help out there and there are people that are willing to put in their time and effort to help them out. Upon leaving the event, my friend and I were walking across the street, when this group of homeless people came up to us and really let us know how happy people, like us, make them feel. They applauded us, which really made me feel like I had given something special to people in need. Not only do I think that Project Homeless Connect is a great way to get some people off the streets, but also that if we were to have a clinic with regular hours, it would drastically help the homeless community. Just to see how many people were at PHC was shocking. I understand there are budget problems at the moment, but I think that having a clinic that is open regularly with normal hours would help make homeless people aware that they need to change…they need to change for themselves! Living a life on the streets is horrible for themselves and their families. These people are vulnerable to so many diseases; so many hard times: nights in the rain, lack of food, lack of shelter, and lack of clothes. They need to be helped and they need places to go, where they can get clothes, aid with shelters, and food. By us showing and giving them a reason to change their lifestyles around, I know many of them would be willing to get off the streets. Sure some are not, but at least they know and we know that there is a chance to change and improve their lifestyles; the rest is just up to them. For example, Planned Parenthood is helping to reduce the abortion rate and pregnancy rate. Free services are available for those who cannot afford things and I think the same should be done with the homeless population. In the end, if we want change, we are the ones that are going to have to do something about it, because many of these homeless people are just not willing to do it alone, but if the opportunity arises…who knows! I think it is a risk we should take, because, in the end, hopefully the homeless population will decrease drastically and people will be off the streets, protected from the rain, eating food, getting haircuts, and getting tested for certain diseases; what a difference this would make! If one PHC event can help over a thousand individuals, imagine what a regular clinic can achieve!
With the current budget concerns, I would choose Project Homeless Connect over a daily community clinic with regular hours, because so many more important services as well as healthcare are offered on a regular basis. Project Homeless Connect is a great idea that has already, and will continue to help many of the homeless citizens of San Francisco by offering many services that aren’t easily available to them on an every day basis. As funding becomes more of a concern due to growing deficits in both the state and city budget, I think that it is of paramount importance to continue to offer services like these to the homeless people of our city. The homeless population’s health and well-being is of as much importance as any other citizen’s; perhaps even more important because they are at higher risk for many health issues. Letting these risks go unchecked by removing programs such as Project Homeless Connect can not only cause harm to homeless citizens, but can continue to damage the financial strength of the city and state through increased costs due to a higher incidence of health problems in the homeless population. Citizen Kane
Nice picture. ))) Don’t you think that people on the photo look very happy? Why? And who are they? First of all, it is mayor of San Francisco at the famous event of Project Homeless Connect that occurs only once every two months. Secondly, there are two volunteers from USF, who had their first experience with PHC. Although these individuals had different responsibilities on the Project Homeless Connect, they all have the same goal to help and make others happier. A chance to volunteer on the Project Homeless Connect, on February 11th, expanded my range of interest and gave me the idea how helpful this project is for people who really need the help. Although it is called Project Homeless Connect, clients don’t need to be homeless to attend the event. Many people are involved with PHC in order to volunteer helping clients to get their basic needs like social security, DMV, living, and medical services. It was an excellent idea to offer lunch, where people can even choose what kind of food they wanted, vegetarian or meat, and provide products for people to take home with them. Talking to the clients helped me changed my attitude toward them. It was very inspiring to see that most of them have great personalities, desire to talk, and even share stories about their hard lives. I was impressed to talk to them, because most of them have interesting stories. Many of the clients have lost their homes, as a result of the economic situation in the country; they need to solve their living problem. It was really sad to look at their unhappy faces when they realized that no more vacant rooms were left for them. Project Homeless Connect provides hope for people, because it makes everyone happy: people who need help and people who are ready to offer their help. Help doesn’t necessary need to be financial. A smile or small talk can help a person to open up and share their problems. These are important components that can help to make somebody’s life happier at that moment; this is my motto. I have no preferences between a regular clinic or PHC, for both help homeless individuals. These are two different settings with different responsibilities, but the purpose is the same to help, to care, and to make people’s lives better.
Volunteering for Project Homeless Connect was a very unique experience. They provided an array of services for the homeless population, including medical, dental, ID services, and methadone rehab. While I think that this is a great idea, several things could be improved. I noticed that the services that offered a place to live, such as homeless shelters or women shelters, weren’t available. Granted many shelters have too many people already to accommodate, I think that not having more services that offer housing at the event reinforces homelessness. This is because Project Homeless Connect provides opportunities for these homeless people to get medical attention, apply for Medicare, and do various other things, but these services don’t help them get off the street; that’s not to say that these things aren’t important to provide. When I arrived there that morning, there was a line of people waiting for Project Homeless Connect to open that went around the block. All day, there was a constant flow of people waiting in line and meandering around the auditorium. There were many services that were offered, but due to the great influx of people that came there, only a limited number of clients actually received them. For example, to see a dentist you had to have a voucher, due to the limited number of spots available. While I think Project Homeless Connect offers some great services, I think these homeless people might benefit more from a clinic that is open with regular hours than attending some grand event every two months. I think they would be able to offer more services to more people if they had a clinic open with regular hours on a daily basis. For instance, more people might be able to see a dentist or doctor if it were open regularly, rather than having a limited number of spots for people to use those services once every two months. I think it's a really great service and should be continued!
I volunteered with Project Homeless Connect, on February 11th, 2009, during the morning shift. I was amazed by the available services and the amount of people that attend the event. I was really touched by the fact that homeless people were being given an opportunity to get a lot of essential services, especially visual and dental, for free. Not only are poor people given an opportunity to use free services, but they are also given a chance to communicate with volunteers, nurses, and doctors, and feel cared for. Especially surprising to me was the visit of San Francisco Mayor Newsom, who showed that he cares about people in San Francisco and is willing to continue helping them. I think that if healthcare was available to all individuals using this model, people would choose it, because it is very expensive for a lot of people to have a health insurance now, and thus, they end up not going to the doctors or dental office for regular check ups. With the free services available every two months, people would definitely use them. On the other hand, it sounds unrealistic to have services like this available to everyone in the city, because there would be a lot of people who would use them and not be enough staff and volunteers to assist everyone. Although I liked the services provided at Project Homeless Connect, I think there are a couple of things that could be improved. By the end of my shift, I was escorting a lot of clients to the dental service desk and they got really upset when they found out that there were no more appointments available for that day. Some of them were waiting in line since the early morning just for dental check up. Project Homeless Connect is an important event for a lot of homeless people. Therefore, I hope that the city of San Francisco will continue sponsoring this event and also increase the number of available spots for each of the services.
In the city of San Francisco, where the homeless population is so high, the Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is a great program to ameliorate homelessness. As a volunteer escort, I assisted clients to the location of their needed services. I noticed that most of the homeless individuals attending the program were very content and anxious to be there. They were very concerned as to whether they made it early enough to get the services that they wanted. Some services available were medical, mental health, substance abuse, housing, dental, SSI benefits, legal counseling, eyeglasses, California IDs, food, voicemail, employment counseling and job placement, and wheelchair repair. The housing and shelter services were probably the most popular due to the lack of space for all the homeless to stay at. From being in an unhealthy living environment, many homeless clients experienced mental and medical problems. By living on the streets, many homeless people are associated with drug abuse. Most of the needed help of this vulnerable population can be found at PHC. These free under-one-roof comprehensive services ameliorate homelessness because some of the services allow the homeless to turn their lives around by offering employment services. By getting employed, the homeless can start to save up money to buy or rent a home and live a happier life. For example, if a homeless person is addicted to drugs, the reason may be because it makes them happier while they’re living on the streets. Therefore, at PHC, they can get healthier by becoming drug-free with the help of substance abuse services. If I had to choose between a clinic with regular hours or Project Homeless Connect every two months, I would choose PHC, because by volunteering here, I feel like I can make a difference. The homeless really needs our help so that they can get back on their feet again: live in a home, work at a job, and live happily. Before I volunteered at PHC, I was always afraid of homeless people, because I was scared that they’ll harass me or harm me in some way. But after the experience of working with the homeless at PHC, I realized that all they wanted was for people to acknowledge the fact that they exist and that they were normal people that just needed help. This experience drastically changed my perspective towards the homeless population.
My first encounter at Project Homeless Connect was a mind-opening, incredibly satisfying experience. I was amazed at the high volume of PHC volunteers, over 1000. Expecting to see only homeless people there for services, I was astounded that not just homeless people, but people from all walks of life were there. Just one experience at Project Homeless Connect has brought a new sense of reality to me. Many people in San Francisco– the homeless and those who are in financial hardship utilize Project Homeless Connect. Project Homeless Connect offers numerous needed services, such as dental services, DMV identification, eyeglasses, family services, food, HIV testing, housing information, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, needle exchange, acupuncture, massage, and even veterinary services for their pets. In my opinion, offering free under-one-roof comprehensive services is a step towards ameliorating homelessness. There are those that choose to stay homeless and those that truly want help. Project Homeless Connect provides services to help those that want to get off the streets. This program is a stepping-stone in helping individuals, who would not know where to begin in efforts to get back on their feet. For those that choose to live the life that they are currently living, Project Homeless Connect is providing them not only with essential health services, but also with the knowledge on where to get the help if ever they choose to turn around.
After having the chance to volunteer with Project Homeless Connect, I have a better understanding of why organizations like this one are not only valuable to those in need but also the entire community of San Francisco. I think offering free services to homeless people does not promote homelessness, but instead helps to ease the continuing problems we have with this issue. As each individual is assisted based on what they thought were relevant to their own health, this contributes to the positive outcome on the whole community. When one person is helped with a certain illness this can decrease the spread of illness in the community and increase awareness about the illness. Educating and providing the clients at Project Homeless Connect with the basics of an identification card to reading glasses will serve the city of San Francisco as a whole. This is improving the quality of the general public’s health in San Francisco. The homeless people who come for the services are just as involved and important in our community compared to everyone else, and just because they are homeless, this does not mean that they deserve it nor chose to be homeless. Project Homeless Connect displays the message that everyone deserves to be educated about their health and receive the necessary healthcare, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status, or gender; this shows that they truly care for each individual. If this organization provided services to all individuals, I definitely think that people would take advantage of the service. Although some may not enjoy the long waits and possibility of not getting access to all the services they need, they would still be able to get other services. Also, I think that if this was available, it would help lower class individuals, who cannot afford health insurance; these individuals need to be focus on too. People in this category may suffer in various ways. For example, a $20 co-pay for a hospital visit may not seem a lot to many people, but that $20 can affect a day’s meal for a lower class individual. Also, people and families in this category are between the fine line where they make more then what the government considers low-income but not enough to provide the basic needs they have. There are many resources out there but it’s hard to access them if clients do not have the connections. If a program was set up like Project Homeless Connect, where information about housing, medical care and other services is provided, it will be more easily accessed. Also, by having someone who the clients can speak to, it will enable a sense of faith and trust because they can express any concerns and voice any questions they may have regarding their situation. Also, other people may seek out this resource because it can simply save them money. Especially with the economy today, free services like the ones offered at Project Homeless Connect will give quality care to those who need and want it.
Project Homeless Connect was a great experience. It was unbelievable to see how much help these clients needed. The clients were very pleased with these types of services that were available to them at no cost. I believe offerings free under-one-roof comprehensive services solve the homelessness. This service supports them in their desperate needs. I think Project Homeless Connect helps solve the homelessness issue. They provide agencies that help them write a resume and find a job. They offer housing information that will help them get off the streets. They come from having nothing besides the clothes on their back. Project Homeless Connect gives them food, medical attention, supplies, clothes, information. These offerings allow every homeless to get help and advice in San Francisco. San Francisco has decreased services for the homeless because of budget problems. If I had to choose between a clinic with regular hours or Project Homeless Connect every two months I would choose Project Homeless Connect. Project Homeless Connect allows every homeless no matter what condition or circumstance to get the help they need. In a clinic with regular hours not every homeless may be able to attend. The clinic may be small and not provide services Project Homeless Connect does. If health care was available using this model for all individuals, I do think people would choose it. The main reason would be that the health care is free. Health care is either very expensive or hard to obtain. A large reason why people are in bad health is because they are unable to obtain health care. Health care is very important. I am very pleased that Project Homeless Connect has sponsors that provided free services. Especially now, due to the economic crisis, there has been an increase in homelessness. It is very important to keep those people in mind and provide free under-one-roof services, because it really benefits them.