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Answers for those in need

Posted by on Oct 14th, 2010 and filed under Community News, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

By Mary O’KEEFE

A one-stop information day for those in need is being offered by Passageways on Tuesday, Oct. 19 in Pasadena.
The Homeless Connect Day brings together all types of vendors from those that specialize in housing to representatives from the DMV and other government officials.
“Our goal is to provide onsite services for the homeless or those who are at risk of being homeless,” said Jhoanna Espinoza of Pacific Clinics.
Espinoza said the event is also for those who are in need due to loss of work and need a helping hand.
“We will have booths that have vouchers for food and hotels for those who need emergency housing,” she said.
There will be physicians that will be able to do medical screenings and flu shots will be provided. Portable showers will be brought in as well.
“The Foothill Employment will be here to help people fill out applications or to prepare a résumé and they can help with job leads for those who are ready to go back to the workforce and for those who are not there yet,” she said.
The event used to be smaller and geared toward only toward homeless but with the recent economy there are now a variety of stages of need. Those concerns have been recognized by the organization and the event has expanded.
“We started out as a resource fair. Now we have changed for more of a hands-on place where people can go [from booth to booth], collect information and get help,” Espinoza said.
All the services for the day are offered free of charge.  Lunch is provided for those attending.
Homeless Connect Day is on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Salvation Army, 960 E. Walnut Street. Enter on Mentor Avenue between Walnut and Union.

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