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Project Homeless Connect will be held Thursday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evergreen Middle School (7621 Beverly Lane in Everett).


Project Homeless Connect on July 20 offers one-stop help


SNOHOMISH — Thursday, July 20 will be the annual Project Homeless Connect resource fair giving low-income people many forms of help under one roof.
At Project Homeless Connect, which will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evergreen Middle School in Everett, there will be more than 90 service organizations providing help with housing, medical needs, free shoes, free haircuts and free animal boarding. A free hot lunch will be served at the event.
The event is moving back to Evergreen Middle School in central Everett this year. 
More than 900 people are anticipated to visit Project Homeless Connect. The event is accessible using Everett Transit. 
Among the 100 services will be mental health screenings, eye exams, employment leads and limited free showers. The showers open at 7:30 a.m.
Dentists from Medical Teams International will be on-site to give dental screenings and services.
Child care is available for families needing to access services.
Project Homeless Connect has resulted in success stories far and wide. It’s now in its ninth year.
Last year, approximately 1,060 backpacks filled with supplies were handed out at Project Homeless Connect. 
Among other statistics, 188 people received free haircuts, more than 400 people
received medical services, and 1,400 people received hot meals. 
More than half of the people who attended last year
reported as either being homeless or living in transitional housing, according to a summary report from event coordinators. A further 20 percent were temporarily living with their friends or family.
This event wouldn’t be possible without volunteers, and volunteer registration is now open but the deadline to register is nearing, as walk-in volunteers may not be able to be accommodated on the day of the event. 
Volunteers are needed to guide participants around the venue, help with registration, serve meals in the kitchen and provide general support before, during and after the event. 
To register to volunteer, go online to http://getconnected.uwsc.org and scroll to the pink section for Project Homeless Connect and follow the links.
For questions about volunteering, contact Brenna Anderst with United Way of Snohomish County at 425-374-5557 or email brenna.anderst@uwsc.org 
Volunteers must attend the orientation on Wednesday, July 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Evergreen Middle School.
Volunteers must attend the orientation on Wednesday, July 19 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Evergreen Middle School.
Project Homeless Connect builds on a national model to deliver immediate services and to improve long-term access to services. 

How to get there
Project Homeless Connect will be held Thursday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evergreen Middle School (7621 Beverly Lane in Everett).
By bus, if you can get to Everett Station (3200 Smith Ave. in Everett), you can use Everett Transit Routes 3 or 7 to get there. Route 3 stops almost in front of the school at Beverly Lane and 77th Street.
All Everett Transit buses will be free on July 20 to get to the event. 
Coming from outside of Everett, Community Transit bus route No. 271 takes people to Everett Station in downtown. The Swift bus line takes people southbound on Highway 99 toward the destination.
The school is behind 79th Street where the Buick-GMC dealership and the McDonald’s are.
By car, one way to get there from east of Everett is to drive to Everett using U.S. 2 and then head south on Interstate 5 until reaching the nearby 41st Street exit. Take the 41st Street exit and head toward Evergreen Way and turn left at Evergreen and go a distance until reaching 79th Street. Turn onto 79th to head
toward the school.
If using the Lowell-Snohomish River Road, enter Everett and go straight on 52nd. Turn left at Evergreen Way and turn right at 79th Street.
There is a parking lot at the school.

 

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