Homeless Get Needed Services All in One Place
Project Homeless Connect was held at the National Guard Armor.
Some 500 people received help with things most of us take for granted.
How many homeless people are there in Chattanooga. The number ranges from a few hundred to a couple of thousand, depending on who you ask.
The reason for the uncertainty is that many people are temporarily down and out because of job loss or illness. Others are permanently homeless.
There was a mixture at the Project Homeless Connect event.
DAVID USRY, GUEST "Its getting rough out there. The heat and everything. I got some toiletry items I needed, my house burned in August."
Gilbert Padilla who takes care of his 86 year old mother, got a quick physical.
GILBERT PADILLA, GUEST "I’m overwhelmed with the generosity of the people of Chattanooga community."
JOHN DORRIS, CHAIRMAN, PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT "I think a big part of what all of them need is a sense of awareness by the community..that they are trying to work their way out of their living situation and as much compassion and welcoming from the community."
A dozen organizations gathered at the National Guard Armory on Holtzclaw to take care of immediate needs—things like toiletries, housing, haircuts and medical an d dental care for individuals and families.
BECKY WHELCHEL, EXEC. DIR., MET MINISTRIES "It is such terrific example of cooperation and everybody pitches-in and the whole purpose is to serve those we are called to serve and serve them best."
Met Ministries is a charitable group that last year worked with 6915 families, providing a variety of services.
BECKY WHELCHEL ( IN:27:18) "What we need is jobs. That folks like these guests here today can do…and we need housing."
The organizers say the total number of those helped today was around 500.