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Northeast Times | January 21, 2022

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Fort Worth: Annual event to connect homeless with vital services

Fort Worth: Annual event to connect homeless with vital services

Fort Worth’s homeless population will reach out to a variety of service providers under one roof during the annual Homeless Connect, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St.

Project Homeless Connect is a one-day, one-stop service and hospitality fair for people who are homeless. The event originated in San Francisco and is now being replicated in more than 100 cities. Such events have been identified by the U.S. Interagency on Homelessness as an innovative model to move people more quickly toward housing and stability and to move from managing homelessness to ending it.

More than 500 homeless guests are expected to attend the Fort Worth event.

Medical, dental and vision screenings, and wellness exams will be offered. Other offerings include housing and employment assistance, community services and resources, haircuts, and pet services.

Fort Worth Municipal Court will conduct a Safe Harbor initiative, meaning guests may visit without fear of arrest for outstanding warrants issued by the Municipal Court. To learn more about the Court in the Community initiative, call 817-332-7866, ext. 2179.

Fort Worth Animal Care and Control will provide pet-sitting services so guests can enjoy the event while their pets are being cared for onsite. A city veterinarian will provide vaccinations and microchipping at no charge.

Volunteers are needed to help set up, greet and direct guests, hand out backpacks and other tasks. To volunteer, contact Donna Laminack.