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Project Homeless Connect back for 10th year in Missoula

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Event runs from, 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday (MTN News file photo) Event runs from, 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday (MTN News file photo)
MISSOULA -

Haircuts, clothing and dental work are are all things that many people take for granted, but for the homeless in Missoula, these services are rare. But thanks to Project Homeless Connect, that may change for some of Missoula's citizens in need on Friday.

The one-day, one-stop event is going into its tenth year with volunteers dedicating their time to provide information on food stamps, Social Security sign up and even mental health. Dental work, hair cuts and sewing are also available. 

One of the organizers is Michael Moore, the coordinator for Reaching Home, Missoula's ten year plan to end homelessness. He says the event is both a great service to the community and a reminder that the city still has a long way to go. 

"People always ask me or are like, aren't you so excited that you served 450 people. And I'm like, no, not really. I'm not. It would be great if we all set up here and nobody came… but we're not there yet," Moore said.

Project Homeless Connect is a national initiative that takes place across the country. 

The event starts at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and runs until 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, which is located at 300 East Main Street. Organizers expect around 400 people to seek services. 

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