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Volunteering Connects Students With the Homeless

More than 800 students and other DU community members volunteered on April 24 to help 515 homeless people get the services they need. It's the third year running that DU has hosted Project Homeless Connect (PHC).

PHC is a one-stop-shop where homeless people can get a huge range of services all in one location: basic medical care, food stamp benefits, ID and birth certificate services, help creating a resumé, legal advice, haircuts, massages, clothing, hygiene supplies, and information about jobs and housing.

Some student volunteers ran a child care area, watching children whose parents were receiving services. Others served a hot lunch and snacks or handed out supplies.

Many of the volunteers were paired with homeless citizens and worked on-one-one with them, helping them navigate the array of services and take advantage of the assistance they needed most.

See what it was like for students to volunteer at PHC, spending the day getting to know their homeless clients.

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Project Homeless Connect was a partnership between DU, Denver's Road Home and the Mile High United Way.

Published on May 12, 2009