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Project Homeless Connect Sets Up Shop At Golden Gate Park

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Project Homeless Connect

Volunteer from PHC 35 corporate sponsor Blue Shield of California walks a client from check in to the services area and gets paid back with musical entertainment (Photo by Mark Rogers Photography)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ Organizers of San Francisco’s Project Homeless Connect took their one-stop services to a large population of the homeless at Golden Gate Park on Wednesday.

Homeless Connect provides a place where the homeless can get the services they want in one place.

Last year’s Golden Gate Connect event reached nearly 200 people. But this year, that number was at least doubled.

KCBS Bob Melrose Reporting:

Judith Klain, the Director of Project Homeless Connect said volunteers like those from Blue Shield help make everything work.

“A lot of the people who are homeless in this area don’t usually come to our events that we do at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium,” said Klain. “So we wanted to specifically target folks that live in this area so that we can connect them to services, get them the kind of care that they need and help to get them appropriate care and off the streets.”

Cathy Wilson, who was recently homeless, was in line to get some medical attention.

“I think it’s a great thing. I just had a massage and I feel great,” she said. “I just had a little scuffle and my body is all bruised up. It feels better now.”

Since the program began, Project Homeless Connect has provided services for more than 31,000 homeless and poor San Franciscans.

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