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

Rating: 5 stars  

Volunteering for Project Homeless Connect was a very unique experience. They provided an array of services for the homeless population, including medical, dental, ID services, and methadone rehab. While I think that this is a great idea, several things could be improved. I noticed that the services that offered a place to live, such as homeless shelters or women shelters, weren’t available. Granted many shelters have too many people already to accommodate, I think that not having more services that offer housing at the event reinforces homelessness. This is because Project Homeless Connect provides opportunities for these homeless people to get medical attention, apply for Medicare, and do various other things, but these services don’t help them get off the street; that’s not to say that these things aren’t important to provide. When I arrived there that morning, there was a line of people waiting for Project Homeless Connect to open that went around the block. All day, there was a constant flow of people waiting in line and meandering around the auditorium. There were many services that were offered, but due to the great influx of people that came there, only a limited number of clients actually received them. For example, to see a dentist you had to have a voucher, due to the limited number of spots available. While I think Project Homeless Connect offers some great services, I think these homeless people might benefit more from a clinic that is open with regular hours than attending some grand event every two months. I think they would be able to offer more services to more people if they had a clinic open with regular hours on a daily basis. For instance, more people might be able to see a dentist or doctor if it were open regularly, rather than having a limited number of spots for people to use those services once every two months. I think it's a really great service and should be continued!

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

really nice and were really encouraging for the people taking advantage of their services.

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Role:  Volunteer & Triage, Escort.