COLUMBIA, MO (KMIZ)
On Thursday, several groups and organizations offered resources to Columbia’s homeless community.
The Boone County Coalition to End Homelessness hosted its Project Homeless Connect event at the United Methodist Church in Missouri from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The coalition described the bi-annual event as a one-stop-shop event that connects homeless people to community services.
Those who participated in the Homeless Connect project had access to more than 20 community health and social service providers. This includes free HIV testing, COVID-19 shots, flu shots, dental screenings and blood pressure checks.
Tomorrow, Thursday, July 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Missouri (204 S 9th St., Downtown Columbia) will be the Project Homeless Connect event!
One-stop shop for homeless people to access over 20 community health and social service providers. pic.twitter.com/wlvOYQDB1h
— BooneCountyOEM (@BooneCountyOEM) July 27, 2022
The Central Missouri Human Society also provided preventative health care for pets, including dog vaccines, neutering vouchers, and flea and tick prevention.
Participants also received a free lunch and a backpack full of basic hygiene and dental supplies.
Jessica Macy, spokeswoman for the Boone County Coalition to End Homelessness, said that in addition to pet care, another popular service of the day was free haircuts provided by two local stylists.
“I don’t know how much hair is cut there, but there’s a ton of hair on the floor,” Macy said.
Macy also said the Boone County Coalition to End Homelessness is already planning the next event in February. Local vendors who wish to share their goods or services can register for a table at their website once the next date is displayed.