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Project Homeless Connect
March 14, 2009

I had the great pleasure of working at Project Homeless Connect (PHC) with my classmates from the USF nursing program. In our capacity as Client Support Escorts, we greeted, checked in, and escorted clients to their first appointment of the day. I found the experience both humbling and exhilarating. Most often a homeless person on the street is someone to walk around and not engage with. By interacting directly with the homeless population of San Francisco, your perceptions are challenged and, in this case, I can say the outcome was positive. It is humbling to be reminded how fortunate I am to live the life that I do and not have to take the food and shelter I have for granted. Because we are nurses in training, it is exhilarating to be out of the classroom and doing something tangible to enhance our experience towards the goal of nursing. We were surrounded for the entire day by positive examples of what a nurse can do, especially in the arena of public health nursing. Does offering free under-one-roof comprehensive services reinforce or ameliorate homelessness? This question is a tough one. My personal belief is that homelessness is a reality and a serious public health concern. Because of that, PHC plays a vital role in keeping our city and county a safer place. So…I answer the question with a resounding YES it does ameliorate homelessness, it makes something unsatisfactory better. According to the PHC website, over 2,000 people attend the February event and used the services provided. To me that is truly amazing. The experience was so positive that it has made me rethink about my current goal of becoming an emergency room nurse and further explore public health nursing. It is impossible to sum up the experience any better than what another volunteer said: “The show of people gathered together in a harmony of selflessness, talents, motivations, and trust is a reason to go to PHC.” The ability to see the assistance in overwhelming numbers shows what we can accomplish together. Thank you Professor Cuttler, USF nursing administration, and PHC personal for letting us contribute to this amazing event. I had the great pleasure of working at Project Homeless Connect (PHC) with my classmates from the USF nursing program. In our capacity as Client Support Escorts, we greeted, checked in, and escorted clients to their first appointment of the day. I found the experience both humbling and exhilarating. Most often a homeless person on the street is someone to walk around and not engage with. By interacting directly with the homeless population of San Francisco, your perceptions are challenged and, in this case, I can say the outcome was positive. It is humbling to be reminded how fortunate I am to live the life that I do and not have to take the food and shelter I have for granted. Because we are nurses in training, it is exhilarating to be out of the classroom and doing something tangible to enhance our experience towards the goal of nursing. We were surrounded for the entire day by positive examples of what a nurse can do, especially in the arena of public health nursing. Does offering free under-one-roof comprehensive services reinforce or ameliorate homelessness? This question is a tough one. My personal belief is that homelessness is a reality and a serious public health concern. Because of that, PHC plays a vital role in keeping our city and county a safer place. So…I answer the question with a resounding YES it does ameliorate homelessness, it makes something unsatisfactory better. According to the PHC website, over 2,000 people attend the February event and used the services provided. To me that is truly amazing. The experience was so positive that it has made me rethink about my current goal of becoming an emergency room nurse and further explore public health nursing. It is impossible to sum up the experience any better than what another volunteer said: “The show of people gathered together in a harmony of selflessness, talents, motivations, and trust is a reason to go to PHC.” The ability to see the assistance in overwhelming numbers shows what we can accomplish together. Thank you Professor Cuttler, USF nursing administration, and PHC personal for letting us contribute to this amazing event.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

from all walks of life. Everyone I meet was excited to be there and lend a helping hand. Truly wonderful people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Greeted and checked in clients.