The Community Action Program for Central Arkansas (CAPCA) will be hosting the “Project Homeless Connect” outreach event on Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Greater Pleasant Branch Baptist Church, 601 Spruce Street, in Conway.
Project Homeless Connect is a community-wide effort spearheaded by CAPCA to make available to those facing homelessness in the Faulkner County area a wide array of health, wellness, and vocational services; as well as care packages containing personal care items and basic essentials; and a hot meal— all free of charge.
Among the services being offered are flu shots; health screenings; foot & wound care; rapid response HIV testing; vision, hearing, and dental screenings; limited chiropractic care/chair massage; winter gear kits, shoes & socks; free hats, coats, and gloves while supplies last; counseling services and referrals; Compassion Court; application assistance (for SNAP, TEA/TANF, housing, free phones, Head Start, and health insurance); GED and training program referrals; resume preparation and employment assistance; resources guides and veterans’ assistance; hair cuts and facials; pet care services; bicycle repair; bike locks and safety lights while supplies last; as well as eyeglass repair and adjustments.
Care kits will be distributed to the first 200 participants age 10 and up; these will include bottled water, a poncho, a first aid kit, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, hand sanitizer, a towel and washcloth, a dental hygiene kit, razor and shaving cream, nail clippers, utensils, and a sewing kit, among many other items, including a discount prescription card.
“Project Homeless Connect reflects a huge outpouring of effort on the part of the Faulkner County community,” said CAPCA Executive Director Jennifer Welter, “with a wide range of organizations and professionals giving their time to offer services on the day of the event—not to mention the abundance of generosity that we’ve seen in the donations that are being made. I couldn’t be more proud that CAPCA has been able to coordinate this essential program to offer assistance to our fellow citizens whose circumstances at the moment find them in need.”
Those interested in learning more about Project Homeless Connect, or who would be interested in volunteering their time at the January 23 event, are encouraged to contact CAPCA’s Melissa Allen (501-269-9351) or Lacey Outlaw (501-329-0977, ext. 2126). More information can also be found at the Project Homeless Connect Facebook page at facebook.com/projecthomelessconnect.arkansas.
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