The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Ending homelessness by connecting individuals and families to resources that promote self-sufficiency and prevent future homeless episodes.
Volunteers started the organization to provide shelter to people experiencing homelessness in the community by providing motel vouchers. A growing need for shelter led to the lease of a home in 1983 and then the purchase of a home in 1986. This home was later expanded to 25 beds in 1995. A case manager was also hired in 1995 to connect residents to community resources. A second case manager was hired and a 78-bed shelter was constructed in 1997, which is where Homeless Connections is housed today.
The mission of the organization expanded in 2002 when a Prevention Program was added to help prevent individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness remain in their community housing. The Prevention Program was combined with LEAVEN’s program in 2008.
A Street Outreach Program was added in 2005 to meet the growing needs of those with chronic mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders residing in areas unfit for human habitation in the community.