The NPPA provided 500 pulled pork sandwiches catered by Skeeter Barnes for the 11th annual Project Connect Lincoln on Friday, September 20 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The goal of the annual event is to provide a one-day, “one-stop-shop” for the many people who experience homelessness in Lincoln on any given day. Individuals and families attending the event were able to access a wide variety of immediate on-site services to meet their needs. Medical and behavioral health professionals were available to provide medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse services. Local agencies provided assistance with such services as housing and social services applications, legal issues, education, crisis intervention and basic needs. On-site bike repair, haircuts and pet care services were also provided. A special area provided assistance to veterans in accessing benefits available only to people who have served in the military.
A total of 1,300 meals were served to more than 600 at-risk individuals, 300 agency representatives and 400 volunteers. The annual event receives donations from over 100 organizations. It is coordinated by the Lincoln Homeless Coalition and the Department of Veterans Affairs.