Family Time: It’s time to Connect
Get connected to community resources at Project Community Connect.
Part of a larger country-wide effort, Rochester’s PCC is hosted by the Homeless Community Network of Olmsted County and has been bringing nonprofits and families in need together under one roof for 11 years.
“Last year we had 63 organizations attend,” said Larry More, family advocacy specialist for Three Rivers Community Action and PCC committee member. “The organizations offer information on everything including housing, mental health, energy assistance, legal resources, taxes, employment and child care. It’s an excellent way to find out about and connect to local resources.
“The great thing is, if you stop at one table and they don’t offer what you need, they can walk you over to the table that does offer what you need,” More said.
Held in a new location, RCTC’s Field House, and in conjunction with HUD’s Point-In-Time count to measure homelessness, participants’ first stop is the check-in table. There, volunteers will conduct a short intake interview to identify each family’s needs and the organizations available that can best help meet those needs.
“We expect around 300 people to attend. I’d suggest planning to spend an hour or more to take full advantage of everything that’s there,” said More. “Project Community Connect is only held one day a year. It’s the only time you’ll find all of these organizations in the same room — ready and able to answer all of your questions. It’s the perfect one-stop information-gathering opportunity.”
Open to family members of all ages (yes, kids can attend), in addition to information participants can get a free flu shot, photo ID, haircut and lunch.
“City buses 3 and 3D will provide a free ride to and from the event — just tell the driver that’s where you are headed. The Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association will be there with interpreters,” said More. “We’ll also have the Shoe Away Hunger Shoe Bus. The bus sells gently worn shoes (kids and adults) for $2 to $5.”