By Johanna Peerenboom
In its fourth year and under a new name, more than 100 individuals and families attended the Benton County Project Resource Connect this past November. The event’s goal was to offer a one-stop spot for people who are homeless or living in a vulnerable situation to access essential services such as food, housing, medical care and dental work, as well as parenting programs and GED classes.
The event provided 58 health screenings, 40 people received dental services, 150 meals were served, 20 people received HIV/Hepatitis C tests, six applications were completed for Cover Oregon, and seven appointments made to complete the application at a future date.
I had the opportunity to work with the event planning committee made up of representatives from local non-profits and government agencies focused on alleviating poverty and assisting vulnerable populations in Benton County.
One of my major goals for this project was to work closely with the non-profit that will be taking control of the planning and coordination for future Project Resource Connect events in Benton County. I have worked to ensure a smooth transition and that forward progress is continued in the years to come. With a record number of participants this past year; we hope to continue to make this important event available and accessible to as many individuals and families as possible.
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