(Major Scott Harvey, Eddie Dubois [former owner/operator of Sunnyside Restaurant], and Advisory Board members Janet Recidivi, George Craig, and Daphne Bobinski.)
TORRINGTON – For the seventh year, The Salvation Army successfully participated in another Annual Project Homeless Connect Day in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut. This event, sponsored by the Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Homeless Outreach Team, New Beginnings of Northwest Hills Litchfield County (Continuum of Care), and the City of Torrington, was held on Friday, May 2, at Coe Park and the Torrington Armory. Next door to the Armory, Doyle’s Medical Supply graciously offered up its parking lot again to serve meals that day, in addition to assisting with tables, chairs, trash receptacles, volunteers, and more.
The Salvation Army and other volunteers provided over 100 breakfasts and 300 lunches for the individuals and volunteers in attendance. As soon as they arrived, staff and volunteers for The Salvation Army got right to work, serving breakfast and later in the day, hot dogs, chips, and soda for lunch. Coffee and water was also served until the end of the event.
Majors Scott and Patty Harvey, who are now in their second year of service as Officers in Torrington, commented: "It was great to make new connections, as well as visit with and give counsel to some great friends we've made since the last Annual Project Homeless Connect event."
As a result of this event, many homeless and underserved populations from the area received the services they need as they work toward stabilizing their lives once more. Some of the resources offered included: Information on Housing, Medical, Dental, Employment, Legal, Veteran Services, Credit Counseling, Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and much more. Since the first event held in May 2007, Project Homeless Connect has provided services to over 1,200 people.