Project Homeless Connect Helps the Homeless

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COLUMBIA - The Project Homeless Connect event provided services for the homeless community in Columbia on Wednesday, including hair cuts, eye exams and job counseling. The event also provides healthy food, child care services, clothing distribution and veterinary services.

Gary Stoner, with Burrell Behavioral Health, said last year the event showcased services from more than 40 providers and attracted 138 customers. Stoner said all the goods and services provided throughout the event were donated and add up to at least $15,000

He said for the past four years the amount of people involved has continued to grow. Stoner said he expects at least 10 to 15 more customers this year. He has also seen more women and families throughout the years. Last year 18 families took advantages of services at the event.

Stoner said the event also serves as a safe haven from the heat. With temperatures rising to triple digits on Wednesday, the location at the Silverthorne Arena at Stephens College is a cool place to spend a few hours.