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

Rating: 5 stars  

The fact that today’s economy is on the brink of recession, homelessness in San Francisco, and all over America for that matter, has been on the rise. Services to help the homeless have become more important during times much like these. If I had to choose between a clinic with regular hours or Project Homeless Connect every two months, it would be a difficult choice if I did not weigh the pros and cons of each. Each service has its advantages and disadvantages. A clinic would be a beneficial service for the simple fact that help is offered almost every day rather than once every two months. However, on the downside, a clinic can only offer so much before running out of supplies. Therefore, volunteers and employees would need the necessary funding to keep the clinic running. As for Project Homeless Connect, the two-month period would give ample time to raise money and gather the necessary help to provide service for the homeless. The disadvantage with such set-up would be the amount of time that the homeless community needs to wait for service. If I were one of the individuals, who needed these types of services I would prefer a clinic with regular hours. If this type of health care was available, I think many other people would choose this as well. People would probably prefer a regular clinic, because of the immediate care they would receive and would not have to wait two months before receiving help again. A clinic that is offered with regular hours would also greatly decrease the amount of people needing help all at the same time. By offering a clinic that is available with regular hours, volunteers and employees will be able to avoid big crowds and long lines, which are often seen at Project Homeless Connect. I understand that in today’s economy, this would be a very hard, time consuming, and an expensive process, but I think it would be more beneficial. However, regardless of what kind of service is provided, helping the community should be the main priority and I think Project Homeless Connect is one of the prime examples of doing such. By offering free healthcare service under one roof, the homeless community is provided with a sense of support. They are able to look around and realize that they are not on their own. They will see other people are here to help, regardless of age, ethnicity, sex, religion, or sexual orientation. They will see people who care, and that’s exactly what services like Project Homeless Connect bring.

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

getting to help other people who are faced with difficult times in a struggling economy.

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Role:  Volunteer & I worked in the children's area and got to know several kids who had great personalities, which made it a very rewarding experience.