Homeless can receive free services March 4

Published on Wed, Feb 24, 2010 by Tara Nelson

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Homeless and low-income individuals in Whatcom County will be able to receive free medical, dental and housing assistance next Thursday, March 4.

The event, sponsored by Project Homeless Connect, is geared to help the nearly 2,500 people who are homeless in Whatcom County by offering them free and confidential services including dental care, medical exams, vision screening, women’s health care, information on veteran benefits, housing assistance and more. 

The number comes from the January 2009 Point-in-Time Count, which is a count of people who are homeless in Whatcom County. The 2009 Bellingham/Whatcom Project Homeless Connect provided 474 guests with services by more than 500 volunteers and service providers.

Organizers anticipate the size of the event to double for 2010 and guest attendance to be higher.
Whatcom Transit Authority will also provide two free ride days for March 3 and 4 to help guests and volunteers
without transportation gain access to services.

“This is our community’s way of engaging people with the issue of homelessness,” said Dan Hammill, Program Director at Whatcom Volunteer Center. “When you volunteer at this event, you make a difference in someone’s life.”

The event is a community effort led by The Opportunity Council, Whatcom Volunteer Center, Whatcom Homeless Service Center, Catholic Community Services, Department of Corrections, Interfaith Community Health Center and Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access.

Those interested in volunteering or donating can contact Rebecca Rayner at 360/734-3055 or rebeccar@whatcomvolunteer.org.