Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect is an annual event that removes service barriers for people experiencing homelessness and makes the connection to resources easy by bringing various organizations under one roof to provide resources free of charge.

Founded in 2004 out of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, Project Homeless Connect is a nationally recognized model aimed at serving people experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect. The event has been successful due to the participation of government organizations, corporate partners, non-profit agencies, philanthropic groups and volunteers. Over the last several years, cities and communities across the nation, including Milwaukee, have taken on the model and made it their own.

2019 marks the tenth year that Project Homeless Connect will be held in Milwaukee and the event’s inaugural year in Waukesha County.

 

Project Homeless Connect - Waukesha
Monday, September 9, 2019 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

In collaboration with Thriving Waukesha, Waukesha County Health & Human Services, ProHealth Care, FOOD Pantry of Waukesha, Waukesha Housing Authority, Lake Area Free Clinic, and shelters of the Housing Action Coalition, and members of the faith community in Waukesha County, United Way is launching the very first Waukesha Project Homeless Connect in Waukesha.

Register your organization to provide a resource table or services at Project Homeless Connect.

Questions? Contact Krystina Kohler at 414.263.8181 or email.
 

Volunteer Opportunities

Intake Volunteer - skilled volunteers with experience in social services will be responsible for completing housing applications for guests. The volunteer will interact one-on-one with the guest to fill out a housing assessment. Housing Action Coalition staff will be available to train and guide intake volunteers throughout the process.

Guest Advocate - guides to help our community members navigate through the resources and services provided throughout the Carroll University facility. You will interact one-on-one with an individual until all needed services/resources have been visited. Volunteers will remain with their guest throughout the duration of their visit to be sure all needs are met for the day and assist them with a brief survey regarding their experience. When the guest leaves, the Guest Advocate will then return to the intake area to escort another guest.

Hairdressers & Barbers - will be assisting clients facing homelessness by supplying haircuts.

Questions About Volunteering? Contact Lori Hayes at 414.837.3639 or email.

 

Project Homeless Connect - Milwaukee

Thursday, October 17, 2019 | 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County mobilizes nearly 500 volunteers annually to participate, making this their largest signature volunteer event. On behalf of the Milwaukee Continuum of Care (CoC), United Way also chairs the planning team, which include the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, IMPACT 2-1-1, Employ Milwaukee, Institute for Community Alliances, Marquette University, Department of Workforce Development, Cathedral Center, The Salvation Army, and Cardinal Capital. Marquette University consistently donates three floors of their Alumni Memorial Union to this event – a testament to their school’s mission of serving others and promoting the well-being of humankind. Outreach transportation operates throughout the day from shelters and encampments to make the event as accessible as possible.

727 individuals accessed services at the 2018 Milwaukee Project Homeless Connect. 480 volunteers assisted guests at the event. Services included housing applications, dental exams and emergency tooth extractions, vision screenings, birth certificate applications, warrant withdrawal and expungement applications, a job fair, benefit sign-ups, flu shots, basic health check-ups, health & hygiene take-away items, and warm weather clothing.

Register your organization to provide a resource table or services at Project Homeless Connect.

Questions? Contact Krystina Kohler at 414.263.8181 or email.
 

Volunteer Opportunities

Intake Volunteer - skilled volunteers with experience in social services will be responsible for completing housing applications for guests. The volunteer will interact one-on-one with the guest to fill out a housing assessment. CoC staff will be available to train and guide intake volunteers throughout the process.

Guest Advocate - guides to help our community members navigate through the resources and services provided throughout 3 floors of the Marquette facility. You will interact one-on-one with an individual until all needed services/resources have been visited. Volunteers will remain with their guest throughout the duration of their visit to be sure all needs are met for the day and assist them with a brief survey regarding their experience. When the guest leaves, the Guest Advocate will then return to the intake area to escort another guest.

Hairdressers & Barbers - will be assisting clients facing homelessness by supplying haircuts.

Questions About Volunteering? Contact Lori Hayes at 414.837.3639 or email.

 

More Information

  • Project Homeless Connect is organized by the Milwaukee Continuum of Care
  • Visit the Milwaukee Continuum of Care on Facebook
  • Read about the impact of the 2015 Project Homeless Connect
  • Want to help, but can't attend? Select an item from our Amazon Wish List and have it shipped directly to Nicole at United Way (225 W. Vine St. 53212). United Way will bring your donated items to the event.

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