Getting back on your feet can be tough when living on the street. While shelters and agencies can help, the task of starting over can still be daunting. On Friday Creighton University opened its doors to help the homeless get connected with the services they need.
The third annual Project Homeless Connect brought multiple agencies and organizations to the Kiewit Fitness Center on the CU campus. Medical, financial, housing and education services were available.
Ed Shada is the event's director. "We've put 10 percent of the homeless that show up for this event into housing. Eighty to ninety percent of them go through the medical area with an 80 percent follow up rate if they get through the health care area. We've also gotten 120 people dentures from this program."
Tim Fantroy is new to town and homeless. He's trying to get back on his feet. "I think it's very good. It's very nice to have everything in one spot. Because you've got your medical over there. You get your shots. A lot of people can't afford their shots. And they can get them. They can get checked out and get resources and help. And I think it's a good thing."
Mandy Wendland wants to get her life back on the right track. Two months ago she got out of prison.
"I got out of prison and relapsed," Wendland said. "Started smoking a lot of weed. And I went into my parole officer and she knew some people at Sienna Francis. And she got me in there a couple days later."
People at the Sienna Francis House recommended that she come down to Project Homeless Connect. She took advantage of the medical care.
"I've had problems with some things going on with my neck," she said. "And they referred me to come here for the services and dental help and stuff like that."
More than 700 homeless and 400 volunteers were expected at the event.