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Catholic Charities Seeks Donations for Project Homeless Connect

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From Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada:

Catholic Charities & the St. Vincent's Programs is asking community members to consider starting the New Year off by giving back to one of the most vulnerable populations in our area—the homeless. In preparation for our collaborative "Project Homeless Connect" event, we're asking the community for donations of warm gloves, beanies, scarves,  new socks and underwear, sunscreen, tarps, tents, sleeping bags, travel-sized toiletry items (razors, shampoo, soap, combs, oral hygiene items, etc.), and non-perishable food and snacks. We are also seeking volunteers who would like to help at the event by distributing donated items, serving food and coffee, and assisting homeless individuals.

Our agency, in partnership with about 60 other local nonprofit organizations that work with the homeless population, will distribute the donated items at the annual "Project Homeless Connect" event coming up on Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to noon at the Reno Events Center on 4th and Center Streets in Downtown Reno. The event is part of a community-wide plan to help connect homeless individuals and families with a one-stop shop for services, such as: medical, dental and vision care, disability services, haircuts, job resources, housing assistance, and much more. An estimated 700 homeless men, women and children will be welcomed and connected to service providers at the event. This is the sixth annual year of the "Project Homeless Connect" event in Reno, and it has become an effective, organized effort to coordinate services and connect with people living in poverty.

Anne Schiller, event organizer and Director of Program Operations for Catholic Charities, says "Project Homeless Connect" is a nation-wide program currently held in more than 200 communities around the world each year. "This event is crucial in our community. It helps changes our homeless response system by weaving together services and providers all with the same goal in mind: ending homelessness."

Donations can be dropped off from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at our Kids to Seniors Korner Program office at 224 Edison Way, Suite 500 in Reno. You can also take them to our St. Vincent's Thrift Shop at 500 East 4th Street in downtown Reno. Upon drop off, please specify that the donated items are for "Project Homeless Connect."  Pickup of donations can also be arranged by contacting Laura Enos at (775)322-7073 extension 228 or lenos@ccsnn.org.

To volunteer at Project Homeless Connect, please contact Jim Williams, Human Resources Director for Catholic Charities by calling (775)322-7073 ext. 222 or jwilliams@ccsnn.org.

From Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada

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