Tulare Co. seeks support for Homeless Project

The Tulare and Kings counties are seeking community support to help the homeless.

The 8th annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) is a one-day, one-stop event offering services, housing, and hospitality to those experiencing homelessness and event organizers are asking for community support to serve the over 1,000 people expected to be seeking services at the events.

A wide array of free services are provided for homeless individuals and families as well as those who are at risk of homelessness. Services include medical, dental, and eye care; housing services; DMV ID cards; birth certificates; haircuts; hot meals; family support services; and veteran support services.

The following locations are holding PHC events simultaneously on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 8:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m.:

• Hanford: Pentecostal Church of God; 323 E. 11th St.

• Tulare: T.D.E.S. Portuguese Hall; 515 N. I St.

• Visalia: Visalia Rescue Mission Community Center; 741 N.E. 1st Ave.

PHC depends on donations and volunteers to fulfill various duties throughout the day at all three venues.

Donations of sleeping bags, blankets, tents, tarps, reading glasses, dog food, socks, ponchos, plus sizewarm clothing (men’s and women’s), beanies, scarves, and gloves are needed for distribution at the events.

Volunteer positions include greeters, intake and check-in volunteers, hospitality volunteers, meal service, and set-up and break-down volunteers. Morning and afternoon volunteer shifts are available and all event locations are in great need of volunteers. People interested in volunteering or donating can visit kingstularecoc.org/projects/2016-phc-event/ for details on venue-specific registration and drop off locations.

Partners in this event include: Tulare County Health & Human Services

Agency, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Family Healthcare Network, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Kings View, Valley Oak SPCA, U.S.Social Security Administration, Tulare County Office of Education,Tulare County Adult Protective Services, Kings/Tulare Area Agency onAging, Central Valley Recovery Services, Visalia City Coach, West CoastBelievers, Turning Point, Tulare County Veterans Services, Veterans Field Van, VASH Program, and Dr. Jerry Yasuda, Optometrist. For more information about PHC, call Leticia Hinojosa at 559-738-8733 or visit kingstularecoc.org/projects/2016-phc-event/.

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