Stand Up and Make a Difference!

Hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered at Western for the area’s fourth annual Danbury Project Homeless Connect 2010.

More than 50 providers offered everything from medical referrals and blood pressure screening to haircuts and counseling on employment, housing and legal issues on Dec. 10 in the Bill Williams gymnasium. The event, which included a free breakfast and lunch, was organized by the Danbury Continuum of Care and the Danbury Housing Partnership, in conjunction with the National Project Homeless Connect.

Several dozen WCSU students from various student organizations, including the Latin American Students Organization, IMPACT and the Social Work Club, dedicated the entire day toward helping out at the event that was opened to anyone who wanted information on area social services.

Jessica Sciuto, a junior, spent the day helping guests find their way to particular booths. Jessica interned last year with Catholic Charities and said she enjoyed the opportunity to work again with homeless people.

“It’s important to work with the homeless because it could happen to anyone. Everyone is at risk,” she said. “It’s important to help the less fortunate.”

Freshmen Mayra Alvarez and Bupha Thach, both LASO members, said the event was a great way to help others and get involved. “The people are really happy to be here,” Thach said.

“They were friendly and we made each other laugh. It was a good time for them,” Alvarez said. “They know by coming here that people care about them.”

 

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The area’s fourth annual Danbury Project Homeless Connect 2010 provided information and services for homeless individuals from the area.