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On Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., approximately 100 organizations will be at Pinnacle Bank Arena as part of Project Homeless Connect Lincoln, a one-stop event of the Lincoln Homeless Coalition where homeless individuals and families can receive a variety of immediate, on-site services for unmet needs.

The event has been combined with the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s Stand Down event. The following will be available: medical, dental, mental health and substance abuse services; support with legal issues, housing and social services applications, and personal care; employment, education, basic needs, and veteran services; bike repairs; and pet care.

Volunteers play a large role in this event, which is now in its 10th year. Volunteer navigators will be on site to help the estimated 400 guests assess their needs and guide them to booths. Additional volunteers are needed.

Corporate and community partners also play a central role in the event each year. 2018 corporate partners include Fiserv, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County, Ayars & Ayars, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, Lincoln Community Foundation, Pinnacle Bank Arena and Raymond United Methodist Church.

Fiserv not only provides a financial contribution to support the event, but its employees also go through training provided by Lincoln Homeless Coalition to prepare them for their responsibilities at Project Homeless Connect. This year, Fiserv is further supporting Project Homeless Connect Lincoln by assembling 400 hygiene kits to be distributed at Project Homeless Connect Lincoln.

“Over the course of a year, approximately 2,800 people will experience living on the streets or in shelters in Lincoln,” said Dan Senft, Fiserv product manager. “That number, which doesn’t even include those who are near-homeless, compels Fiserv team members to do what we can to help in this community we call home.”

Learn more about Project Homeless Connect Lincoln or sign up to volunteer at lincolnhomelesscoalition.org.

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