The Greater Gallatin Homeless Action Coalition (GGHAC), is pleased to present the 8th annual Community Connect event this Saturday, Jan. 30. Community Connect is a FREE, one-stop shop for low-income community members where they can receive services such as wellness exams, dental care, clothing, housing applications, haircuts, and much more!

GGHAC consists of service providers, non-profit organizations, local business owners and concerned citizens committed to ending homelessness in Gallatin County. Community Connect is a collaboration between Project Homeless Connect and Veteran Stand Down. Due to the need of serving veterans during our cold winter months, and because of GGHAC’s strong ties to Veteran Stand Down, the two events were merged to provide the best possible service to those in need.

Community Connect is a free, one-stop shop for low-income community members.  Individuals and families can attend and receive free helpful services in one location. 2016’s Community Connect will be held on Saturday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church (26 W Babcock, Bozeman).

According to GGHAC co-coordinator Jenna Londynsky,

Last year, we served nearly 250 community members. Many left with new shoes, gas cards, and thrift store vouchers.  Our services continue to improve each year in order to meet the needs of our neighbors.

Veteran Stand Down is a nationally recognized effort to help veterans and their families, connect to resources at the community level. Approximately 20 percent of homeless individuals in Gallatin County are veterans. Last year’s Stand Down brought in a crowd of 339 seeking services, according to Chuck Reneviere, the organizer of the previous two Stand Downs.

Community Connect is made possible by sponsorship from the Town Pump Charitable Foundation, the Gilhousen Family Foundation, the United Way, and Vietnam Veterans for America.