Officials meet for March’s homeless project

February 7, 2013

Pettis County Community Partnership representatives and community members met Wednesday to discuss details for the 2013 Project Homeless Connect, slated for March 15 in Sedalia.

The all-day, one-stop-shop approach to delivering social services to area homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Federal Emergency Management Agency shelter at Smith-Cotton Junior High School.

Roxanna Parker, director of housing for PCCP, told the Democrat in January the event “is a best-services model established in San Francisco. This will be our second event. We bring in social service agencies and deliver all the services at once.”

On Wednesday, Parker met with fellow social service agency representatives and organizers who are tasked with finding and training hundreds of essential volunteers, including some 200 individuals who will act as “guides” for individuals or families who seek assistance at the event.

“We simply can’t do this without the volunteers,” Parker said. “We do still need lots of volunteers, especially guides. We would like to get as many guides signed up and trained as we can before the event.”

While volunteer opportunities range from food service to parking, some training is required for all volunteers, and prior authorization from organizers is needed for those wishing to serve as guides or in the Kid Zone daycare area that will be set up on site through the day.

Those services will range from emergency dental and medical care, in partnership with Katy Trail Community Health, to other essential services including applying for state or federal benefits, securing Social Security, birth certificates and other identification.

Clients will also have access to a hot shower, a hot meal and donated clothing.

People interested in volunteering should complete the volunteer form on the event’s website at


For more information, call PCCP at 827-0560, or visit their office at 515 S. Kentucky Ave.

Organizers will meet again at noon Feb. 20 at the PCCP office, and the public is invited to attend.