Homeless can get free help at event – Morristown plans a day of outreach

The following article printed in the Star Ledger highlights Morris County’s upcoming Project Homeless Connect event taking place on Thursday December 6, 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007
Star-Ledger Staff

Morris County is putting out a call to its homeless residents, hoping to provide services and make connections with some of the af fluent county’s neediest people during a special event scheduled for them next Thursday.

Everything from medical care and haircuts to winter clothing, bus passes and housing information will be available to homeless people during a one-day, intensive outreach effort in Morristown that will kick off with a ceremony on the Morristown Green featuring state Senate President Richard Codey, said organizers of Project Homeless Connect of Morris County.

“Many of these people are scared, stigmatized, afraid to approach us to get the help they need,” said Joann Bjornson, chairwoman of the event and executive director of the Interfaith Council for Homeless Families of Morris County.

“They do not mostly fit the picture of what many people think of as homeless — people living on the streets out of shopping carts. But most of the people have jobs, work at your local bank or coffee shop, and look like you or I, but they go to a shelter at the end of the day.”

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