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

Rating: 5 stars  

People may argue that Project Homeless Connect’s services only condone and reinforce homelessness since providing free services and food may not motivate people to lead a different lifestyle. I believe, however, that it helps to reduce homelessness because Project Homeless Connect’s services promote life-changing opportunities for those willing. Although I find all the services to be helpful, those such as giving California state ID’s, helping to set up voicemail and bank accounts, and providing employment interviews, in my opinion directly influence a homeless person’s chances of reintegrating into mainstream society through employment. With a California ID, the homeless are able to apply for jobs. Since most homeless people do not have phone lines, voicemail accounts give the homeless a way for employers to get into contact with them. Regardless of whether they have ever had a job or not, mock interviews increase an applicant’s chances of being hired. Bank accounts provide a safe place for their earnings once a job is found. I believe that finding a job is crucial in order for someone to leave a life of homelessness. Of course the complex issue of homelessness will not be solved by a job alone, but it will make a huge impact. Project Homeless Connect’s services for some may serve as a catalyst for change in a good direction. Because I find great value in the services just mentioned that are not health related, I find Project Homeless Connect to be more valuable than a clinic. A clinic is worthwhile because it provides health care which the homeless would otherwise have trouble receiving. A clinic would be great to have, but I find Project Homeless Connect to be more helpful because of the help it offers to bring homeless people out of marginalization; a clinic would be unable to do this. A clinic may help the homeless to live healthier, longer lives but it would still be in the confines of homelessness. Project Homeless gives the people it aids the potential to break through these limitations.

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

the direct contact you are able to have with the homeless. It is an eye opening experience.

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Role:  Volunteer & Escorted clients to various services.