On any given night in the Omaha/Council Bluffs area, it is estimated there are approximately 1500 homeless in shelters and on the streets. Project Homeless Connect allows these individuals access to important services.
First launched in 2008 by former Creighton president Father John P. Schlegel, S.J., Project Homeless Connect aims to provide services to the homeless. PHCO is a one-day event that serves as a “one-stop shop,” connecting homeless individuals to services including housing, healthcare, legal resources, Social Security, and food-stamp benefits. Government agencies, non-profit agencies, local businesses, volunteer groups, medical providers, legal experts and many other service providers come together in Creighton University’s Kiewit Fitness Center to offer on-site immediate assistance to individuals, families, seniors, veterans and youth who find themselves homeless. Project Homeless Connect Omaha has assisted homeless individuals improve their lives and exit life on the streets.
Project Homeless Connect Omaha is also about engaging Omaha residents who volunteer their time and talent for the area’s homeless by training them to act as Navigators for the homeless individuals they are paired with at the event.
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Reflections from Project Homeless Connect Omaha can be found here.