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Upcoming “Project Connect” aims to help region’s homeless get off the streets

Published: February 13, 2014, 6:05 pm, by Jakob Rodgers

Bob Holmes doesn’t want nonprofits giving out any sleeping bags, coats or bus tickets at an upcoming event aimed at helping the Pikes Peak Region’s homeless population.

Rather, he only wants people to exchange information.

On March 19, Homeward Pikes Peak will host “Project Connect,” an event where the region’s homeless can meet with dozens of service providers to learn about the programs they offer, all while learning about mental and physical health, veterans benefits, transitional housing and more.

The event, in its sixth year, is billed as a means to get people the information they need to get off the streets — rather than the supplies they need to survive without a home.

“We give out coffee, and we give out information on services,” said Holmes, Homeward Pikes Peak’s chief executive.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 19 at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.

Registration is underway for homeless service providers who wish to participate in the event. To do so, email Bob Holmes at bobholmes@ppunitedway.org.