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Andrea Olson , Published December 30 2010

Thanks to donors and volunteers

The Fargo-Moorhead Coalition for Homeless Persons would like to thank all our volunteers, United Way of Cass-Clay, Dakota Medical Foundation, the many other generous donors, the Fargodome, local agencies and service providers for supporting Project Homeless Connect in 2010. This event is designed to immediately connect individuals who are homeless or are in imminent danger of becoming homeless to necessary services in a convenient one-stop model.

Twice per year, 50 agencies and over 80 volunteers come together at the Fargo­dome to provide access to housing, health care, employment and other basic needs. Many heartwarming success stories arise from each event. More than 550 people, including area veterans, accessed services at Project Homeless Connect in 2010.

Project Homeless Connect has been identified by the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness as an innovation that mobilizes civic will to end homelessness. Project Homeless Connect in Fargo-Moorhead is focused on bringing the community together to create and promote tangible solutions that remedy the homelessness of our neighbors.

The Wilder Survey identified 763 homeless people in our community on Oct. 22, 2009 (www.fmhomeless.org). It is the hope of our Homeless Coalition that Project Homeless Connect will provide necessary assistance to each of these individuals and result in fewer people experiencing the heartbreak of homelessness in our community.

The next Project Homeless Connect is scheduled for May 4, 2011, at the Fargo­dome.

Olson is a coalition board member.