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Brittney Short

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I believe that offering free under-one-roof comprehensive services will improve homelessness. I think programs, like Project Homeless Connect, are great ways to help get people off the streets. It is convenient for the clients that all the services are offered in one place, because no one really has to worry about traveling far or having to rush from one place to another. Homeless people might find it difficult and discouraging to seek services at various buildings, especially in big city such as San Francisco. The available services at PHC are absolutely amazing and range anywhere from wheelchair repair, to haircuts, to getting a DMV identification card. Just to see the reactions on people’s faces was great. Many of them were so thrilled to have everything they needed under one roof and free! What more could they want? I don’t necessarily think that having Project Homeless Connect will help all the homeless people, but I think it will help many. Most of them are just looking for help and just don’t know where to look. The volunteers and staff I met were so friendly and so patient. They definitely made this a great experience, not just for myself, but also for all the homeless people as well. In all honesty, there are many people that want to change, and there are some people that in reality just like the way they live and don’t want to change. Project Homeless Connect helps make homeless people aware that there is help out there and there are people that are willing to put in their time and effort to help them out. Upon leaving the event, my friend and I were walking across the street, when this group of homeless people came up to us and really let us know how happy people, like us, make them feel. They applauded us, which really made me feel like I had given something special to people in need. Not only do I think that Project Homeless Connect is a great way to get some people off the streets, but also that if we were to have a clinic with regular hours, it would drastically help the homeless community. Just to see how many people were at PHC was shocking. I understand there are budget problems at the moment, but I think that having a clinic that is open regularly with normal hours would help make homeless people aware that they need to change…they need to change for themselves! Living a life on the streets is horrible for themselves and their families. These people are vulnerable to so many diseases; so many hard times: nights in the rain, lack of food, lack of shelter, and lack of clothes. They need to be helped and they need places to go, where they can get clothes, aid with shelters, and food. By us showing and giving them a reason to change their lifestyles around, I know many of them would be willing to get off the streets. Sure some are not, but at least they know and we know that there is a chance to change and improve their lifestyles; the rest is just up to them. For example, Planned Parenthood is helping to reduce the abortion rate and pregnancy rate. Free services are available for those who cannot afford things and I think the same should be done with the homeless population. In the end, if we want change, we are the ones that are going to have to do something about it, because many of these homeless people are just not willing to do it alone, but if the opportunity arises…who knows! I think it is a risk we should take, because, in the end, hopefully the homeless population will decrease drastically and people will be off the streets, protected from the rain, eating food, getting haircuts, and getting tested for certain diseases; what a difference this would make! If one PHC event can help over a thousand individuals, imagine what a regular clinic can achieve!

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

ways that I could not imagined.

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

not change a thing

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

getting to know the people that attended Project Homeless Connect

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

very kind, very energetic and willing to lend a helping hand

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

open up day clinicsto help the homeless

Ways to make it better...

I really liked my experience at Project Homeless Connect

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

setting everything up and making it as perfect as one can make it

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

I had a great time and definitely enjoyed my experience

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Role:  Volunteer & I helped the homeless take them to the correct stations.