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

Rating: 5 stars  

The idea of under-one-roof comprehensive services does not reinforce homelessness, but rather helps with the homeless. The idea that providing these services reinforces homelessness assumes that everyone homeless prefers being that way and are responsible for how they got there. Some people are homeless because they have been forced into it by various means, such as financial hardship due to the economy or a recent loss of a job. Programs like Project Homeless Connect provide opportunities for people that are trying to recover from hardship through medical services and access to programs that can enable them to get back on their feet. For example, at Project Homeless Connect, people are able to seek medical attention, get information on welfare, seek help with drug addiction, find a home, get free DMV services, and receive a free lunch all in one area. To cut these services off because people assume everyone who is homeless is responsible for their status would be an injustice. If I had to choose between a clinic with regular hours or Project Homeless Connect every two months, I would choose Project Homeless Connect. While a clinic can provide medical services everyday for those that are homeless, the only services the clinic provides are medical services. On the other hand, Project Homeless Connect provides a multitude of services, including social services, medical services, and food services. Although it is two months, I feel that Project Homeless Connect provides a wide array of services that are able, if used to the fullest extent, can greatly help one that is homeless on their way to getting out of poverty. The clinic would only provide for medical services, and although we would probably see an increase in health among those in poverty, those in poverty would still be in poverty. I would rather like to see someone be given the opportunity to rise out of poverty and be able to afford their own health care as a result of coming out of poverty. If this health care model was available to everyone, I am confident that people would choose this model. Although health care is a big concern and a clinic would help to alleviate the health care problems, I think that it is more effective to curb poverty and homelessness. By helping the problem of poverty, we help the underlying problems of health care. Many people do not seek health care because they are unable to afford it. If we bring people out of poverty, then they will be able to afford it and seek treatment.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The descriptions of how this organization helps them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have this even occurring every month

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The vast amount of services provided to people in poverty.

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

Very cheerful and eager to provide a service.

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

Provide the services offered to everyone that comes through its doors

Ways to make it better...

None. This was overall a great program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Providing services to everyone that comes to seek them.

One thing I'd also say is that...

This is a great program

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & I helped guide people to the services that they needed.