Such a well organized day with so many services. See you next year!
I was very impressed by the event. This was a great way to put the homeless in touch with so many needed services.
It was a very humbling and rewarding day to be able to help a couple who have been homeless for over a year. One of the most challenging parts of the day was to encourage them to seek services. They were overwhelmed by what was available but also believed they could take care of their needs elsewhere or on another day. They had no identification, had not applied for food stamps and had not filed for disability (despite legal blindness). Instead of getting these gaps resolved today, they chose to defer to anther day. I don't believe it was because they didn't want assistance but because the convention hall was so overwhelming in its size and the number of people. I was able to encourage both to get haircuts and get veterinary care for their dog- two services that were much appreciated. I was disappointed that there were no coats, sensible shoes, heavy blankets, sleeping bags or undergarments. While a clothing bank and coat bank was available, it did not meet this couple's immediate needs. It would be very helpful if future events included these much needed items.
Great event and great experience!
I thought the event was very well organized and effective. I was impressed with the fact that you paired up folks with volunteers to help them navigate through all of the great free resources.
Incredibly well organized, especially considering the amount of volunteers and attendees! I wish this was an event that happened more often than once a year, as there are so many with needs - a man that I helped guide hadn't had glasses in three years! These services are so desperately needed in our community!