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

Rating: 4 stars  

After having the chance to volunteer with Project Homeless Connect, I have a better understanding of why organizations like this one are not only valuable to those in need but also the entire community of San Francisco. I think offering free services to homeless people does not promote homelessness, but instead helps to ease the continuing problems we have with this issue. As each individual is assisted based on what they thought were relevant to their own health, this contributes to the positive outcome on the whole community. When one person is helped with a certain illness this can decrease the spread of illness in the community and increase awareness about the illness. Educating and providing the clients at Project Homeless Connect with the basics of an identification card to reading glasses will serve the city of San Francisco as a whole. This is improving the quality of the general public’s health in San Francisco. The homeless people who come for the services are just as involved and important in our community compared to everyone else, and just because they are homeless, this does not mean that they deserve it nor chose to be homeless. Project Homeless Connect displays the message that everyone deserves to be educated about their health and receive the necessary healthcare, regardless of their race, socioeconomic status, or gender; this shows that they truly care for each individual. If this organization provided services to all individuals, I definitely think that people would take advantage of the service. Although some may not enjoy the long waits and possibility of not getting access to all the services they need, they would still be able to get other services. Also, I think that if this was available, it would help lower class individuals, who cannot afford health insurance; these individuals need to be focus on too. People in this category may suffer in various ways. For example, a $20 co-pay for a hospital visit may not seem a lot to many people, but that $20 can affect a day’s meal for a lower class individual. Also, people and families in this category are between the fine line where they make more then what the government considers low-income but not enough to provide the basic needs they have. There are many resources out there but it’s hard to access them if clients do not have the connections. If a program was set up like Project Homeless Connect, where information about housing, medical care and other services is provided, it will be more easily accessed. Also, by having someone who the clients can speak to, it will enable a sense of faith and trust because they can express any concerns and voice any questions they may have regarding their situation. Also, other people may seek out this resource because it can simply save them money. Especially with the economy today, free services like the ones offered at Project Homeless Connect will give quality care to those who need and want it.

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

helping others.

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

University of San Francisco

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & host.