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

Rating: 4 stars  

After volunteering at Project Homeless Connect for the very first time, the great experience I encountered will be instilled within me throughout my life. This momentous occasion, positively affects the lives for all people including the homeless and everyone who offered their time and services to them. Volunteering as an escort, however, I observed many positive and negative aspects about the event throughout the day. I discovered that the event was very well organized and that the people in charge were highly experienced in managing the whole process. Despite its organization, there was little to be done about the time wasted for people who had to wait for services they needed. I remember I had to escort JP to get his DMV I.D. but he saw that the line was so long, that he did not even bother to obtain it. Especially in the vision center, people had to wait by appointment that were two or three hours later in the day. This event should offer two stations for the most visited and needed services by the homeless, which could make the waiting time much faster. Before ever knowing what Project Homeless Connect was, I thought that our class would just be serving food to the homeless. Upon arrival, I saw that it was much more than that. I think that offering free under one-roof comprehensive services improves homelessness because it is one step closer for the homeless to make their life a little easier and improve their way of living much better. The various services they offer is more efficient and manageable being together in the same area, rather than having to go from place to place seeking their different needs. Since San Francisco has decreased their services I believe that Project Homeless Connect is the way to go. Obviously with regular clinic hours, individuals can get help daily, but for the people who operate the clinic regularly, it does not benefit the city. Which is why I stress the importance of Project Homeless Connect every two months. This is the place to get everything done all in one day. Offering different services right near each other in one building saves time and money. This way everyone can benefit from this situation including the homeless, service providers, volunteers, and the city. If healthcare was available for all individuals using this model, I believe that people would be hesitant to accept it. I believe that with more and more experience that Project Home Connect has, the better it is going to be operated. So with healthcare I believe that at first they would not choose this path. but after seeing and experiencing so many services all in one area, I believe that people would choose this. I also believe a lot of people would not choose this direction for healthcare because of how compacted and overcrowded it can possibly be. Unless the operation was done in an enormous complex, then it would be well conducted.

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I was a service provider and not an escort.

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Role:  Volunteer & Escort.