Nearly 100 service providers will be on hand Thursday as part of Project Homeless Connect Rochester, an annual day of services at Blue Cross Arena.
The event is part of a community-wide effort to connect homeless people with critical services in a “one-stop” venue. All included services are donated, and more than 1,000 volunteers have donated their time and effort to PHCR since its inaugural event in 2009.
More than 700 individuals were helped at last year’s event.
“A major goal for this event is to reduce barriers for individuals to access necessary services. Having numerous agencies under one roof, participants are able to complete many steps toward self-sufficiency, which would otherwise take weeks to accomplish,” said Kathryn Bryan, senior vice president of property management at PathStone Corp. “This event is a necessity in the Rochester area and at the end of the day, everyone leaves the event feeling a sense of accomplishment; this goes for participants, service providers, volunteers and organizers.”
The premium sponsor of the event is the regional, nonprofit health insurance program, YourCare Health Plan, a Monroe Plan Company. YourCare provides access to free and low-cost health insurance products such as Medicaid Managed Care, Child Health Plus and the Essential Plan.
PHCR’s goal is to provide information and a connection to essential, ongoing services such as housing, employment, government benefits, veterans’ benefits and legal services. In order to meet immediate, basic needs, the event offers lunch, access to medical and dental check-ups, haircuts and hygiene services and more.
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