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

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience in participating at Project Homeless Connect was very positive. I believe the Project Homeless Connect helps with the homeless situation in San Francisco. For people who are in need of assistance, it is truly a one-stop shop. The event was very well-organized and provided a wide-spectrum of services for the attendees, which I feel helps them make a move for the better. If services such as Project Homeless Connect did not exist many people, who are trying to get back on their feet, would have a harder time doing so. The event was able to assist people medically, find them shelter, and provide them with employment opportunities. There were a large number of services at this event, making it easier for someone to have all of their needs met. If Project Homeless Connect did not have all the services that is provides under one roof, it would be very hard for people to take care of certain aspects of their lives, while being homeless is hard enough. Although Project Homeless Connect is an event that makes positive changes in people lives, if healthcare was available using this model, I don’t think the majority of people would use it. People are very set in their ways and the transition from seeing a primary doctor behind closed doors is very different from seeing one in an open setting, like at Project Homeless Connect. Also, if the whole population were to have the same model for healthcare, it would be difficult to see a doctor or have other specific needs taken care of in a timely manner. I do believe that if I had to chose between a clinic with regular hours and Project Homeless Connect every two months due to budget restraints, I would choose Project Homeless Connect. There are so many more services being offered at one time, and there are not many places that will have a wheelchair repair area, a distribution of food, free phone calls to loved ones, transportation services, and medical services available in a small radius. A clinic would only be able to provide medical services, yet Project Homeless Connect offers much more.

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

a positive light.

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

I would have a volunteer be a "secret shopper" I would have the volunteer visit different booths and evaluate the services and the people providing the services. I feel it is important to get opinions from the volunteers and those who are seeking services.

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

knowing that I made a difference. I was able to explain all of the services in detail to those who did not know all of the services Project Homeless Connect provided. I left the event feeling great and I would do this again.

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

For the most part, they were friendly and eager to help.

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

hold the event twice a month. And make certain examination/treatment areas a bit more private.

Ways to make it better...

A staff member working at the information both would have helped me when I needed assistance with a man seeking services. When I asked the employee for help his response was, "Well if you can't help him what makes you think I can"

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

The high number of people there for services versus the number of volunteers and staff.

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

I would do this again!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & Escort and translator.