Support makes Homeless Connect event a success

The third annual Kenai Project Homeless Connect is now history and what a wonderful history. Sixty people came to receive information and services from 25 or so vendors. They were offered vision screening, flu shots, information about Social Security, Job Services and Public Assistance. The VA was available to assist veterans. Smoke Free was there to assist folks who want to stop smoking. Independent Living Center provided information on several issues and Love INC took applications for assistance.

Thanks to Arby’s, Odie’s, Don Jose’s, Main Street Grill and Birch Ridge Community Church lunches were available Special treats of the day included Tamara from Filligree and Hue Salon and Lacy from built Salon for cutting hair all day long, Tracy Pitts and Heather Rausch for providing back and shoulder massages and Susie Smalley giving hand massages. Thanks go the Alaska Cab for providing transportation, United Rentals for providing tables and chairs, Kenai Medicenter for collecting nearly a half ton of clothing, Alaska Christian College students for assisting with set up and break down of all those tables. Thanks to Milly Perry who stepped up at the last minute to rent and drive the U-Haul to get the tables and chairs fro United Rental and back again.

And then, there is my team. This event could not have happened without Lori Engler organizing the vendors, Kate Veh for recruiting volunteers and arranging transportation, Heather Morning contacted a lot of people and got items donated, Cheri Smith and Elena Powers for their skills. A huge thanks goes to the 40 or so volunteers who worked hard all day. You all were the best! There are so many others that cannot be named because of space.

Most of all, I want to thank this community (Kenai and Soldotna) for its support. I have lived in Kenai for a little over six years and love it here. I have never been part of such a responsive community. Thank you.

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