August 18, 2018

Resources, assistance available at Project Connect


STANDISH — From homeownership to haircuts, Project Connect will offer a variety of resources for people of all ages at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Standish Sept. 21.

Michelle Koin, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency Early Head Start manager, said NEMCSA and other organizations belonging to the Arenac County Continuum of Care hold Project Connect to make it easy for people to find available resources. Koin said organizations on hand can help people in many ways, whether it be financial services, homeownership advice or depression and dental screenings. Haircut and clothing vouchers and food baskets will also be distributed, Koin said.

Last year about 140 people attended Project Connect, Koin said. That was down from the previous year, but Koin said last year was also the first time it was held at the VFW hall.

“Having it for a second year in the same location we’re thinking will help boost attendance,” she said.

People who have attended Project Connect in the past have found it be helpful, Koin said.

“Families have enjoyed the fact that they are able to not only find available resources for needs such as food, but also their children’s physical health,” she said. “They can get hooked up with the local health department if needed, as well as get a voucher for a haircut, even. There is such a variety of different resources available that I don’t think a lot of people even know about in Arenac County, so it’s a bit of a one-stop shop for everyone.”

Koin said people will be asked to sign in at the event, but will not be turned away if they don’t live in Arenac County.

Project Connect is scheduled to run from 3-6 p.m. The VFW hall is located at 3580 W. Huron Rd. in Standish.


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