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Think "Outside of the Box" to End Homelessness

Think "Outside of the Box" to End Homelessness

In conjunction with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the local Connection Homeless Shelter is hosting the “Out of the Box” fundraiser on Friday, November 21st and Saturday, November 22nd.  They are asking the community to stop by Gary’s Super Foods for a free-will donation lunch, compliments of NebraskaLand National Bank.  In addition, supporters can “Stuff the Van” with food items and/or donations to the Thrift Connection. 

 

The Connection Homeless Shelter serves homeless people in North Platte, Nebraska. The Connection offers both Emergency Housing and Transitional Housing to about 250-300 people each year.  The goal is that each client will get one step closer to home while staying at The Connection.  Many clients exit the shelter into permanent housing, while others exit back into homelessness.

 

One of the biggest challenges at The Connection is motivating clients to care about themselves and their lives.  The clients have often lost hope due to their life experiences and hardships.  The Connection becomes a safe place to connect with people and connect with resources to help.  Client services primarily focus on connecting clients to the appropriate service providers.  Clients are encouraged to apply for jobs, apply for food stamps, Social Security or other benefits, get mental health assessments, take skill-building classes, and form relationships with AA and other support groups.  They help with referrals for doctor appointments, ID’s, divorces, child support issues among many other things. 

 

The Connection Homeless Shelter provides vital services to people in our area and they rely heavily on community support and donations.  There are many ways to help:

  • Donate gently used items to the Thrift Connection

  • Shop for gently used items at the Thrift Connection

  • Donate new or gently used items to the Construction Connection

  • Shop for new or gently used items at the Construction Connection (doors, windows, tubs, tiles, etc.  Perfect for an inexpensive remodel!)

  • Donate directly to The Connection Homeless Shelter Operating Budget.  Donations are tax-deductible.

  • Volunteer your time at the Thrift Connection. 

 

Often former clients will stay in touch and call to update the shelter staff about their lives.  Recently a man from Texas called just to say, “Thank you, you saved my life”.  You can help make a difference in someone’s life. If you are interested in learning more about supporting The Connection Homeless Shelter, contact Beth DeFreeze, Executive Director, at 308-532-5050. 

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