Project Community Connect builds bridges of support

Project Community Connect builds bridges of support

Buy Now Alexandria Wolf and Lonnie Abbott eat lunch after gathering supplies from the 2018 Project Community Connect & Veteran Stand Down. This year’s event is Saturday at the Hermiston Community Center. EO file photo HERMISTON — A cornucopia of resources — including giveaways, services and information — is available during the annual Project Community Connect & Veteran Stand Down. The free event, which is designed for veterans, as well as those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hermiston Community Center, 415 S. Highway 395. Transportation is available to and from the event. Buses will depart at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. from the Pendleton Salvation Army office (not the thrift store), 150 S.E. Emigrant Ave. Return trips will leave from the Hermiston Community Center at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Ysenia Gomez, a case manager with Community Action Program of East Central Oregon (CAPECO), said the project provides access to needed services and assists in identifying resources people might not be aware of. In addition, she said the entire event is free of charge. The Home 4 Hope Coalition teamed up with local veterans services organizations and other community partners to connect people to valuable resources. Those in attendance can receive on-the-spot services, including everything from vision care and health screenings to haircuts and pet care. “Last year we had dog food and cat food. We put those in containers and gave them out. There will be free immunizations for pets,” Gomez said. “I know pet care can be a huge barrier for people.” Also, a free meal will be offered by Veg Out. In addition, representatives from various agencies will be on hand to assist and offer information about employment and adult education services, […]

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