My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Project Homeless Connect, San Francisco, CA, USA
Prior to attending Project Homeless Connect, I honestly felt a mixture of apprehensiveness and excitement towards the event. I have volunteered in similar services before so I already had an idea of what was to come. The event was really great and I learned a lot from it because it allowed me to put myself in the shoes of those who actually needed the services. Seeing the other side gave me a different perspective and I have gained even more respect for those who are going through extremely tough times in their lives. In working the event, I learned firsthand that everyone truly is the same and every individual you meet in life is just like you. It is not only a positive function for the homeless, but also for the volunteers and workers. I feel that offering free under-one-roof comprehensive services ameliorates homelessness because it allows the people to find everything they need all at once. It is a difficult task to take on all the hardships you are facing in life when you don't have the resources readily available. Having every service open to you under one roof allows you to get everything done without great hassle. The clients are then able to take the initiative in helping themselves and become that much closer to improving their situations. Also, the comprehensive services give the clients the chance to see that they are not alone in their situations. Seeing their friends, as well as strangers, going through the same circumstances allows them to act as a support for each other. It is always easier to get through tough times when you have support from others. In my opinion, the services of a clinic with regular hours and the services of Project Homeless Connect every two months are both favorable to those in need. A regular clinic would offer more opportunities for those seeking help because the clinic would be able to reach more people due to its regular hours. However, it would not have as much of a supportive environment as that of the events of Project Homeless Connect because people would not be able to come as groups. Project Homeless Connect allows people to gather together and work for the common cause of helping themselves. Being surrounded by a number of people who are experiencing the same things that you are and seeing that they are still trying to move forward regardless of their circumstances serves as motivation to move forward as well. Although Project Homeless Connect may be unable to accommodate the needs of every single person in a single event, the comprehensive services are beneficial to the clients. Also, the event itself is very positive and it allows the clients to interact in a caring environment. They are able to enjoy themselves in a positive setting, which may be something they don't really get to do everyday. I think people would choose this comprehensive services model for all individuals. The best part about it is that it is really convenient. Having the services of DMV, doctor, optometrist, masseuse, housing, and many others all in one area saves people a lot of trouble of having to find a way to get to each place. Not only would it save people time and trouble, but it would also save them money for transportation.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
extremely nice and I could tell that everyone really wanted to help out.
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