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Review for Project Homeless Connect, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase the number of available spots for each of the services, especially dental.

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Role:  Volunteer & I was escorting clients to different service desks.