On Tuesday, Jan. 26, individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or any type of housing issue will find a “one-stop shop” for essential housing, employment, health and financial services. Local agencies will be available to meet with individuals privately to discuss their situations.
The event will be held at First Lutheran Church, located at 550 E. Shepard Street in Charlotte from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All participating agencies are members of the Eaton County Continuum of Care. These agencies include: Housing Services Mid Michigan, SIREN/Eaton Shelter, Capital Area Community Services, Salvation Army, Eaton County Counseling Services, Peckham, Inc, the Barry-Eaton County Health Dept., the Eaton County Dept. of Health and Human Services, St. Vincent de Paul, Eaton Clothing and Furniture Center, Tri-County Office on Aging, Legal Services of South Central Michigan, Helping Hands, Eaton County Housing and Veterans Services, Eaton Great Start, McKinney Vento/Clinton RESA, and Gateway Community (youth) Services.
This is a free event. A package of helpful items, such as personal care or cleaning supplies, along with lunch will be available to everyone in attendance.
The event will also include two focus groups to gather information about needed services and current services with the intention of improving service delivery. Each of the first 20 participants (two sessions) will receive a gift card for their involvement.
If you are interested in volunteering to assist the Project or to make a donation of goods, services, or money, please contact La’Tasha Reisinger at Housing Services Mid Michigan, (517) 541-1180. At this time, needs to be filled are personal care items, cleaning supplies, fuel only gas cards, baked goods, and financial assistance for the free Eatran transportation, meals provided to the participants, and any last minute items needed to be purchased.
Organizers are asking that local agencies refer any homeless individual or family seen on Jan. 26 to Project Resource Connect. If the individual or family cannot come to First Lutheran Church, a staff member from one of the participating agencies will come to your office to interview the homeless person(s). Guests of PRC can also call Eatran at (517) 543-3040 for free transportation to and from the event that day. Additional information can be found at www.hsmidmichigan.org.

Article submitted by Housing Services Mid Michigan.