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

Rating: 4 stars  

After my day of volunteering at Project Homeless Connect I had a very good feeling about the program and what it offered to the homeless population. I was amazed at the range of clients that this program attracted. Especially now with the recession I saw people that I wouldn’t expect to be homeless, although homeless may mean something different from person to person. In my opinion offering under-one-roof services helps to ameliorate homelessness because some of these services are provided to get homeless people on the right track, such as providing clients with the resources to get a job, or get ready for a job interview. Other services such as banking information and ID card services are also ideal for providing a client with the great resources for getting finances in order and attaining the necessary identification needed to get a job. I understand the argument that under-one-roof services may reinforce homelessness but then I think the homeless clients that show up to Project Homeless Connect are there because they want to better their lives. For most that includes having a place to live and the necessary means to survive, and I think that Project Homeless Connect is a ‘stepping stone’ to that ultimate goal. I was amazed at the number of services provided at Project Homeless Connect that is why I think it would be more ideal than a clinic open for regular hours. This may seem extreme, but I don’t think that a clinic with regular hours would be able to provide the number of resources and services that Project Homeless Connect provides to clients in one day. If a clinic provided these services daily they would need a great amount of funding as well as staff, which would be extremely difficult to provide. That’s why providing all these services is possible twice a month, and I believe it is extremely effective as well. This program creates the opportunity to provide necessary services to a mass number of clients and knowing that these services will be available twice a month clients can plan for the needs in advance. Although it would be most ideal to have daily clinics taking care of emergency needs and Project Homeless Connect taking care of needs that aren’t as accessible, if I had to choose it would be Project Homeless Connect. I see this health care model as ideal for homeless clients because it provides free services that this population may not otherwise be able to afford or receive because they don’t have health insurance. I don’t think all individuals would find this program favorable, such as those who can afford these services and have health insurance, because it is only twice a month, busy, and they may wish to spend more time with health care providers than offered. Overall, one can see that I am extremely supportive of Project Homeless Connect and that I believe it does a great deal in helping the homeless population.

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

the lifestyle changes of the clients.

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

try to provide the Project Homeless connect services more often.

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

observing the happiness of the clients while at Project Homeless Connect.

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

very kind and helpful and made sure that my experience at Project Homeless Connect was fulfiling and varied in my duties of being a volunteer.

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

provide Project Homeless Connect services much more often.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to locate the different service areas before the clients came to become more familiarized with the layout.

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

providing enough volunteers to help on a regular basis.

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

the overall experience was wonderful.

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Role:  Volunteer & I escorted clients at PCH.