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

Rating: 4 stars  

Project Homeless Connect of San Francisco seems like an effective program that improves homelessness by providing various services all under one roof. On the other hand, there are still many people who believe that offering free services, like Project Homeless Connect, just reinforces homelessness. For those people, I would recommend spending a day volunteering at Project Homeless Connect to see first hand how many individuals, family and children these services indeed help. To illustrate, Project Homeless Connect 26 provided service to about 2,225 people, which is a great amount for helping out in one day. Furthermore, due to budget problems, many services have already been cut for the homeless population. Therefore, I feel Project Homeless Connect makes up for that by providing a variety of services to clients. For example, unlike a clinic with regular hours, Project Homeless Connect helps individuals find housing, jobs, get haircuts, receive medical and dental care, banking assistance, DMV, wheelchair repair, podiatry, needle exchange, and veteran services. So If I had to choose between the two, I would choose Project Homeless, because, after my many interactions with clients, I found that most were concerned with finding and receiving housing/shelter, food, and identification cards. In addition, the outcomes of Project Homeless Connect 26 reveal that the services most used were the 300 phone calls and letters mailed to family and friends and receiving California state identification. This information portrays that individuals are seeking a new start by first trying to attain the necessary foundations to do so. Although medical is extremely important and was used quite a lot, clients still need more than that in order to pull themselves out of homelessness. One client in particular, J.B., specifically attended Project Homeless Connect for the housing and DMV services. He voiced to me that he did not need medical care, but instead shelter services were most important to him. Also, a volunteer, who was a former client at Project Homeless Connect, is living proof that one can rise above and utilize these services to make a new life. In addition, there was also a family there with a young child, which made me realize that a clinic alone will just not do; these individuals need well-rounded services more often. Homelessness is an epidemic. At the end of the day, Project Homeless Connect is a great first step to helping individuals gain there life back by providing them not just free services, because it is their right to receive them, but also provides new beginnings.

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Role:  Volunteer & escort.