One Day, One Stop, One Community

Just one day can make a difference for individuals and families in your community who are homeless or at risk for homelessness!

Excelsior Springs will host a Project Homeless Connect on Friday, October 27 at Lewis Elementary School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The first ever local event will bring together social service providers to provide services the homeless need in one place, on one day. Participants will receive access to a free meal, medical services, assistance obtaining vital records (birth certificates, social security cards, IDs, etc.), employment resources, showers and haircuts. The goal of Project Homeless Connect is to provide easy access to services and resources that support the transition of people out of the streets and/or shelters and into housing.

The Missouri Housing Development Commission (MHDC) assists a new Missouri community each year with planning and implemeting this event. In January 2017, MHDC began a partnership with Excelsior Springs to bring PHC to Clay and Ray Counties. The Project Homeless Connect planning team is working closely with the Good Samaritan Center and other social service providers in the area to organize and implement the event.

As the planning team prepares for the event this month, the support of the community will be imperative to the event’s success. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to check participants in and out, prepare and serve food, and guide individuals and families through the network of service providers.

If you would like to help as a volunteer, offer services, money or donate items, contact Jennifer Chapel at the Good Samaritan Center, 108 S. Thompson Ave., 816-630-2718, ext. 23. You can also visit the PHC events page for more information or sign-up to volunteer now.