The fifth annual Project Homeless Connect takes place tomorrow at the Alton Salvation Army. From 10am to 2pm, more than 100 member agencies and individuals which comprise the Madison County Continuum of Care will provide a wide range of services to the homeless. Officials expect about 150 people to take part in the event.
David Harrison, Continuum of Care Coordinator for Madison County, says in the past, the homeless have sometimes been treated unfairly by those who are supposed to serve and protect.
More than 100 volunteers will help offer services such as the distribution of food, beverages and clothing. Participating agencies will also provide medical exams, substance abuse and mental health counseling and legal services. For a free ride to the event, you can call the Salvation Army at 465-7764, or go to one of the pick up sites at the Community Hope Center in Cottage Hills, the Main Street Community Center in Edwardsville, Riverbend Family Ministries in Wood River, the Collinsville Township Senior Center, or Chestnut Mainstay in Granite City.