Event provides wide range of services to individuals throughout Niagara County
Project Connect Niagara, an event designed to connect those in need with critical services in a “one-stop” venue, will return from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Heart, Love & Soul Food Pantry & Dining Room in Niagara Falls.
Project Connect Niagara aims to bridge the knowledge gap that often exists between the community resources provided by many organizations, and local residents who can benefit from these programs and services. The event is designed for attendees to engage with many of the 25-plus resources on-site, including employment opportunities, social services, legal advice and medical services.
Organizers said safety measures will be in place to protect all in attendance. Vaccinations will be available on-site, and all attendees must wear masks, which can be provided. Social distancing will be in effect, which has limited the number of agencies present for this year’s event. A bagged lunch will also be provided to all attendees.
In 2019, approximately 300 attendees accessed these free services and information, while 125 individuals benefited from on-site health services, referrals and resources provided by Mount St. Mary’s Hospital. Transportation was provided from local communities to the event. In 2020, efforts focused on providing care packages to local residents through food pantries, before resuming the in-person event this year.
“We are so glad that Project Connect Niagara is back to offer resources to the community this year,” said Robyn L. Krueger, chair of the Niagara County Coalition for Services to the Homeless. “The event is a wonderful opportunity to connect residents with needs and concerns directly with organizations that can help them. We look forward to a worthwhile and safe event on Wednesday!”
The event is presented by the Niagara County Coalition for Services to the Homeless. With a goal of making a positive impact on the community, the event aims to form a partnership between community volunteers, city government, nonprofits, and the private sector to provide this "one-stop shop" of health and human services for those in need in Niagara Falls.
Sponsors for the event include Catholic Health – Mount St. Mary’s, Niagara Falls City School District, Niagara Falls Teachers Union, Local No. 81, Niagara Alliance for Restorative Practices Inc., KeyBank, Kane Construction and St. Paul’s UCC – Shawnee Church Women’s Guild.
For additional information about the event, email [email protected] or call 716-282-5687.