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Homeless Connect helps those facing tough times

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The homeless got some much needed help Thursday in Evansville during the Homeless Connect event at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Coliseum.

Homeless Connect is part of Destination: Home, a 10-year plan to end homelessness in Vanderburgh County.

The event brought community services together in one place for folks to get the help they need.

Homeless Connect attendee Denny Harmon said, "Never in my life did I think that i would be unable to find a job, and then be homeless, and here I am in both of those positions right now."

19-year-old Robby Devazier spoke to the plight of homeless people seeking work.

"Nobody wants to hire a homeless person, like, we're different, and we're worthless."

Kat Isbell works on the planning committee for Homeless Connect and said that while Evansville does not have the homeless population of other larger cities, it is not immune to homelessness, especially in this sagging economy.

Homelessness is and issue that many people are uncomfortable discussing, which can make it hard for people facing the issue to ask for help, so one of the missions of the program is to reach out to those who do not know how to get help.

Myra Lukac is not homeless but has a hard time making ends meet, and she found herself one of the many people waiting in the long line for help.

"You see the numbers, but when you come down here and see this many people standing in line and talk to them," she said.  "You get much more of an idea what it's really like. I'm not at that place yet, but I'm trying to be proactive."

Though it would be very easy to become bitter facing such difficult circumstances, many of the attendees were positive.

Isbell said within the first hour, nearly 200 people walked through the doors to get help finding a job, getting an education, health insurance, and even a haircut.

She said, "You can tell people need it because they came."

To find out more about the services that are available, call 211.

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