Preliminary numbers show about 1,000 individuals and families needing human services attended Snohomish County’s fourth annual Project Homeless Connect at Cascade High School on Wednesday.
Approximately 400 volunteers and agency staff provided services, which included medical and dental care, rent assistance, veterinary services, legal services, hearing and vision services and veteran’s services. Everyone was offered a hot meal.
“We know there are families and individuals still struggling to meet their own needs, pay their rent, find a job or secure housing,” said Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon. “While there are signs of economic recovery, we still must do all we can to provide critical assistance to those that need it.”
Snohomish County’s Human Services Department collaborates with the city of Everett, The Homeless Policy Task Force, United Way, Community Health Center, Snohomish Health District, Medical Teams International, DSHS, numerous housing and social services providers, and community members to provide services.
This year, approximately 1,150 meals were served. More than 670 bags and backpacks containing toiletries were distributed by the YWCA and an additional 290 backpacks containing substance-abuse prevention materials were provided to youth by Snohomish County’s Human Services Alcohol and Other Drugs Division. About 130 people received foot care, 127 pets received basic care, 102 people received dental services and 144 households were provided housing information.
“This is a genuine community effort to come together and provide help to our struggling neighbors in need,” said Ken Stark, the county’s Human Services director.
Donations are still being collected to offset expenses and to begin planning for next year’s event. To make monetary donations, please make checks payable to: The Everett Gospel Mission c/o Project Homeless Connect, PO Box 423, Everett, WA 98201-0423.
For more information about the event, contact Jess Kaufman (Snohomish County) at firstname.lastname@example.org, Neil Parekh (United Way) at Neil.Parekh@uwsc.org or Suzanne Pate (Snohomish Health District) at email@example.com.