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Project Community Connect offers free services to struggling Missoulians

Posted at 10:21 PM, Jan 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 12:00:30-05

MISSOULA — The Missoula At-Risk Housing Coalition will give a whole new meaning to “one stop shop” at their 14th annual Project Community Connect event.

Friday's event -- which focuses on Missoulians in need of a little help -- will feature everything from haircuts to dental services to on-site municipal court hearings.

"The name is Project Community Connect, so we want to make sure that anyone who needs any sort of support or service or food can come to this event. It is anyone in our community, any of our neighbors that need any sort of support," organizer Theresa Williams said.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday morning at the Valentine Center in Revive Church and more than 75 organizations -- and 100 volunteers -- have collaborated to offer an extensive list of free services. Participants will receive employment information, medical care, pet services, winter clothing, and more. Hot lunch will be served, and you can also take a shuttle to and from the location for free.

“It can be really challenging for folks that are falling on hard times to navigate the bus system and to get to certain public offices and housing and to get their ID, and to do all of these things can take months,” said Williams.

New this year, Missoula County Justice Court and Missoula Municipal Court will be available to assist people with court cases and misdemeanor warrants.

Missoulians can accomplish months of odd jobs and burdens in the span of just one day.

“If you’re managing employment or childcare it can be even more difficult, and so having everything under one roof where people can get access to all of these vital services in one day is amazing," Williams told MTN News.