MORRISTOWN, NJ -- Project Homeless Connect, a daylong, consumer focused, one-stop event designed to provide an array of resources and support to those experiencing homelessness in the Morris County community, was held on Thur., Jan. 23, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown.

Participants were able to get free haircuts, free healthcare screenings and vaccines, free backpacks and personal care products, as well as food, clothing and gift cards. Services included homeless prevention programs, employment services and energy assistance programs. Providers were on hand to offer information on domestic violence, veterans’ services, substance abuse, housing and mental health.

“We are thrilled to be involved with Project Homeless Connect. Morris County is a compassionate county and this effort is proof positive of that,” said Bob Davison, chief executive officer of the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, which is the lead agency coordinating the event. “While basic shelter is important, Project Homeless Connect is also about treating people with dignity and respect and giving them the opportunity to help themselves. Morris County can be proud of its support of its most vulnerable residents.”

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Approximately 40 community-based service providers participated in the event. The resources were provided free of charge to those who attended.

“We strongly support efforts by our Human Services team, the Mental Health Association and nonprofit agencies in Morris County to help our residents find appropriate housing for themselves and their families,” said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo, the county governing board’s liaison on social services issues. “It is especially important to focus on this topic and to help our homeless community during this time of year, when some of our less-fortunate residents without homes have to seek refuge on bitterly cold nights at our Code Blue warming centers across the county,” said DeFillippo.


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