Project Homeless Connect

Homeless community members along the Coast received free clothes, personal care items, haircuts and Thanksgiving meals, all part of Project Homeless Connect.
News 25’s Laurene Callander spoke with some of those grateful recipients who expressed joy at now having what many take for granted.
Channatta Johnson has been homeless since February. She uses Project Homeless Connect to put clothes on her back, especially for the upcoming winter. Even though domestic violence forced her to the streets, there’s someone on her side who makes her feel like a million bucks. “To be homeless, I’m more happy than a person that’s living in a mansion because I have life and I have God. So, to me, I’m rich.”
For the sixth year in a row, over 40 vendors and 100 volunteers gave members of the homeless community free amenities, haircuts and blood pressure screenings. They also provided a much deeper service. “These people are giving these homeless people and homeless vets hope and life. It’s awesome that they can do that,” said Johnson.
In addition to the clothes, personal care items and haircuts, Feed My Sheep donated 300 Thanksgiving meals. The organizations passing these meals out include Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Back Bay Mission, and the Mental Health Association.
Attendant John Raphael said, “The food was very delicious. I had two pieces of turkey, some delicious dressing, rice, a biscuit and some delicious chocolate cake.”
Mississippi Power volunteers have been with this project for five years. They tell News 25 the feeling of helping these people never gets old. Volunteer Jason Koberger said, “They love getting this stuff. They’re so appreciative. They don’t take everything they can, they take what we give them and they give us so much thanks for it.”
The services provided at Project Homeless Connect makes the volunteers feel good but it also benefits the homeless community, especially during the holiday season.
If you are interested in volunteering, especially during the busy holiday season, visit Feedmysheepgulfport.org.

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