Volunteers, vendors make Verde Valley Project Connect a success

A display can be seen at the Old Town Mission for the second annual Verde Valley Project Connect – where individuals experiencing homelessness can connect to the resources needed to access safe housing. (VVN/Jennifer Kucich)

A display can be seen at the Old Town Mission for the second annual Verde Valley Project Connect – where individuals experiencing homelessness can connect to the resources needed to access safe housing. (VVN/Jennifer Kucich)

COTTONWOOD - Volunteers came to make a difference Tuesday at the Old Town Mission for the second annual Verde Valley Project Connect - where individuals experiencing homelessness can connect to the resources needed to access safe housing.

"I think it went really well," said Eliza Louden, housing case coordinator for Catholic Charities.

"We had a lot more vendors. We won't know the final numbers until we tally everything up in the end," said Louden.

Services offered to those in need included a lunch; flu Shots and immunizations; pet exams; utility assistance; food boxes; enrollment in employment services; VA benefit eligibility; employment information; showers; haircuts; free health screenings; HIV/HEP C screenings; hygiene packs; housing information; enrollment in supportive services for homeless individuals; mental health services; and eye care.

Louden said the clients were excited about the services that were offered.

"People are leaving with some real groundwork," said Louden.

Verde Valley Project Connect is already thinking out next year's event.

"We'll be here. We're going to be bigger. We're just thinking about how we are going to grow and where we're going to go," said Louden

Those interested in volunteering in the future may call 928-634-4254 ext. 54111 for more information.

Sponsors of Verde Valley Project Connect include Spectrum Healthcare; Catholic Charities; Yavapai Community Services; Lions; Verde Valley Sanctuary; Department of Economic Security; Angie's House; Northern Arizona Council of Governments; River Church; Northland Cares; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Emanuel Fellowship; and Old Town Mission.

The purpose of the Verde Valley Homeless Coalition is to identify and create real solutions to alleviating homelessness in the Verde Valley.

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