Hundreds Attend Project Community Connect Program

Posted at: 01/25/2013 6:17 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Hundreds of people lined up at Mayo High School in Rochester today for a bunch of services you wouldn't normally see under one roof. It's called the community connect program and 52 organizations from around the area donated their time today to help those who are living on too little.

"It's overwhelming how many people need these services, and just to be able to have everything come together in one place and be able to offer all that, it's amazing," said Jessica Johnson, member of Homeless Community Connect.

There was no shortage of those in need of helping hand.

"It feels really good to know that we are able to put something on that helps individuals that need a little bit of help right now," said Johnson.

"So I just go that way, get a ticket and thank you," said David Loethen.

For Loethen, it's a chance to get services that he normally doesn't get.

"I've been homeless for probably about a year, year in a half," said Loethen.

There were many different resources available free of charge.

"A lot of people who really reach out and help a lot of other people more than any other place that I've been at," said Loethen.

Eye exams, cell phone minutes and medical services are a just a few.

For Loethen, a haircut was a must.

"I think it’s important to give back to the community and it's a good opportunity to  give to people and it doesn't cost anything, just give your time," said Jessica Fisk, hair stylist at Barbershop for Men in Rochester.

"I feel like I'm V.I.P.," said Loethen.

A boost in self-esteem is what many got on Friday.

"I'm trying to get on my feet and trying make something of my life at the moment you know so I'm trying to utilize all the benefits I can and trying to get on my feet the best I can," said Loethen.

"It's just a blessing, that's all I can say, I don't know what else to say," said Loethen.

About 450 people showed up for the services and David Loethen wasn't the only one who got a free haircut, they gave 165 haircuts today.