Creighton Hosts Third Annual Homeless Connect Omaha
More than 600 homeless citizens living on the streets or in homeless shelters in the greater Omaha area received help, hope and services during Omaha’s third annual Project Homeless Connect, held on March 26 at the Kiewit Fitness Center on Creighton University's campus.
The one-day event, supported by more than a thousand volunteers, provided “one-stop shopping” to connect the homeless with important services and benefits. Participants, escorted by volunteers, navigated multiple outreach programs, including health care services (medical, dental and eye care) and informational booths on employment, housing, health care, education, legal resources, food stamps and more.
Nonprofit agencies, local businesses, volunteer groups, health care providers, human resources professionals, and other service providers offered immediate assistance, including haircuts and referrals for other services.
"Project Homeless Connect Omaha is a demonstration of our ongoing commitment to those in need locally. Hosting this community-wide event fits with Creighton’s commitment to the city of Omaha and our Jesuit mission of service to others. Our students, alumni, faculty and staff are actively engaged in the community and are dedicated to its betterment," said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, S.J., president of Creighton University.