Hamline law students (from right) Greta Bauer Reyes, Renee Uzong and Clarrisse Kebashigawa met with Matthew Ayers (center) from Hennepin County/Project Homeless Connect and Dean Donald Lewis earlier this month for the presentation of more than $1,100 raised through a recent diversity fashion show at Hamline. The gift will help support a Project Homeless Connect event on May 11, 2009, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.
Project Homeless Connect is a one-stop shop model for delivering services--including legal assistance--to people experiencing homelessness. Twice each year, Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis partner with service providers, businesses, citizens, and faith communities to bring multiple resources to one location where people can come to find the services they need. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, but the majority of volunteers will act as guides, partnering with guests to help them find needed resources. Hamline alumni are urged to consider volunteering their legal assistance at the May 11 event. Details are available by calling 612-673-2525 or on the web www.homelessconnectminneapolis.org/volunteer.htm
The first of these events occurred on December 14, 2005, at the Basilica of St. Mary. It was a tremendous success, involving 250 volunteers and service providers and serving more than 500 men, women, children, and youth experiencing homelessness. There have been five events since that first event at the Basilica, growing to serve more than 2800 individuals seeking services with the help of 1600 volunteers.