Continuum of Care
Contacts: Christina Scarpino
Every Woman’s Place/Webster House Youth Services
PROJECT CONNECT EVENT TO HELP HOMELESS AND PEOPLE IN NEED
Muskegon, MI -- Project Homeless Connect is a national project coordinated through the local
homeless coalitions and supported by the Michigan Supportive Housing Development Authority
(MSHDA). The event is designed to connect homeless and at-risk individuals with necessary
services in one convenient location.
The local continuum of care, comprised of 43 local agencies, will host this event on Tuesday,
November 20th from 9:00 am – 4:30 pm at St. Michael’s School on Sixth Street in
Project Connect events vary in size, content and frequency in each community, but share a
common intent - to remedy the homelessness of their neighbors. Events catalyze community
involvement, generating new partnership, commitment, and investment to end homelessness.
Project Connect gives people and organizations who have never been involved in homelessness
before a way to make a difference.
This year’s event will be the first ever in Muskegon County and many businesses and agencies
are stepping up to help by donating a variety of items and services. A Second Harvest Gleaners
truck will be on site, free items like gloves and coats will be given away, vision and hearing
screening will be offered, testing for diabetes, lead, and high blood pressure, and many more
services will be available all free of charge. There will be a children’s activity area coordinated
by the Muskegon Community College Early Childhood Development program.
There are still opportunities to help. The committee is looking for hair stylists, donated
children’s books, and donations of coats, hats, and mittens. Items may be dropped off at Every
Woman’s Place/Webster House Youth Services at 1221 W. Laketon any weekday from 9:00 am –
5:00 pm. Or call Javi or Christina at 231-759-7909 to offer help.
The committee is expecting more than 100 people.
In 2006, Michigan accomplished what no other state in the country has achieved with 100% of its
counties completing 10-Year Plans to End Homelessness. Communities across the state are
working toward a common vision – the elimination of homelessness in Michigan. The vision of
the Muskegon County 10-Year Plan is: In ten years, all individuals and families facing
homelessness in Muskegon County will have access to safe, decent, affordable housing and the
resources and supports needed to sustain it.
For the full 10-Year Plan, go to www.muskegoncoc.org or
www.thecampaigntoendhomelessness.org – Michigan’s Plan.