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lgerchow

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

Rating: 4 stars  

The services provided by Project Homeless Connect fit in well with the city of San Francisco’s other services, including public health clinics, homeless shelters, and soup kitchens. Each bimonthly meeting brings aspects of health and general wellbeing to a portion of the population that typically receives only the tools of basic survival when offered assistance from both publicly and privately funded sites. Homelessness is a broad category that encompasses not only individuals living on the streets, but also families who have lost homes, and formerly employed individuals battling financial crises. The various forms of assistance offered free of charge by Project Homeless Connect allow members from any facet of the homeless population to improve their quality of life in a number of ways. The day-to-day and life-long struggles of homelessness cannot always be alleviated, but in sharing with the homeless population a belief in their humanity and an opportunity for assistance, advice, and care is an important step in the City of San Francisco’s battle to protect the rights and lives of its homeless. It is hard for some to comprehend the notion of homelessness, and even more difficult to brainstorm possible solutions to homelessness. The beauty of Project Homeless Connect is that it seeks not only to aid the homeless in finding a permanent residence of shelter, but also recognizes the humanity in every homeless individual by offering services like acupuncture, massages, internet access, and more. Homelessness is a complex circumstance that is often coupled with other issues such as chronic illness, mental illness, drug abuse, and financial turmoil; it does not simply mean without housing. In this vein, aid offered to the homeless must be directed at the many issues that are faced by homeless individuals. However, beneath the complexity of homelessness is the basic fact of humanity and human dignity. Everyone waiting in line at Project Homeless Connect deserves the same respect and self-respect that volunteers or care providers are entitled to. For me, the interaction between those in need and those volunteering, who had so much to give, was both beautiful and eye opening.

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

the stories from the clients I spoke to about the true impact of some of the services.

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

take surveys to see what is working and what isn't working with the clients.

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

learning from the different clients and their experiences.

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

helpful and happy to be where they were.

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

truly alleviate homeless issues in SF.

Ways to make it better...

I knew where I was volunteering before I arrived.

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

probably funding unfortunately.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & escorted clients to various services.