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

Rating: 5 stars  

Before arriving at Project Homeless Connect on February 11, 2009, I was nervous and hesitant yet excited to volunteer with PHC. I did not know exactly how everything was going to take place, but I was excited to interact and help with the homeless men and women of San Francisco. Upon arrival, I saw many people standing outside. I did not know how to act, since I did not want to appear as some rich, up tight girl. Therefore, I just smiled at everyone I saw. Once inside the auditorium, I got to see the way PHC was set up, which exceeded my expectations. When I first heard about PHC, I thought that these people are really into helping the homeless, which is completely true. I thought that there would only be a couple of main stations in the auditorium, but instead the numerous stations blew me away: dental, massage, phone calls, DMV, vision, and many more. PHC is meant to help the people in every way possible. As a volunteer, I was assigned as an escort for the men or women to his or her first station after checking in and filling out forms. It was truly wonderful to be able to talk to a man or woman, just for a short time, but still be able to put a smile on his or her face. Once you do that, you realize that these people are just like you. They have all the same feelings that you do. A smile can turn a person’s whole day around. This experience opened my eyes to see how the homeless people live. It is an experience that you cannot just tell someone about, and expect that person to fully understand; it is a hands on experience. As nursing students, we are here to help people through whatever they are going through. A nurse should never judge their client by how they look. The homeless people that I talked to were all very nice. Homeless is a big issue today, and I believe that PHC is a wonderful event to have for homeless people who cannot afford these types of services.

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Role:  Volunteer & escort the men and women to their first stations.