Project Homeless Connect has grown. This year, Lincoln County can expect two Project Homeless Connect events in two separate locations — Lincoln City and Newport.
The 12th annual Lincoln County Project Homeless Connect will continue its mission to provide all sheltered and unsheltered people with immediate goods and services. Lincoln County Public Health will participate alongside other community agencies in this community event.
Lincoln City will have its event on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lincoln City Resource Center & Warming Shelter at 1206 SE 48th Place. Newport will have its event on Friday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 227 NW 12th St.
Both sites offer a free meal, donated clothing items, dental care, HIV testing and Oregon Health Plan (OHP) enrollment. Newport will continue to provide haircuts, pet care, immunizations, and various legal and housing assistance programs from the community. Lincoln City will start off its first year with showers, laundry, mental health services and medical bus tickets.
Project Homeless Connect is an example of how the community can come together and volunteer time toward improving the lives of those in need. Individuals interested in volunteering at the event can help with taking down items and should arrive at the Nazarene Church at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25. All other volunteer roles are filled.
Those interested in contributing can donate items to Dignity Drive collection bins at the Newport Public Library, Carl’s Coffee in Nye Beach and Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport. Recommended items include men’s socks, long underwear, warm layer clothing, hygiene products and tarps.