Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake addressed the event.
Baltimore – Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was on hand to kick off the United Way of Central Maryland’s Project Homeless Connect Sept. 24.
“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking time from your day to help Baltimore’s most vulnerable citizens,” Rawlings Blake said, addressing the hundreds of volunteers who milled around in white T-shirts. “A lot of people say that they care. Far fewer actually show up and do the work to demonstrate their compassion for their brothers and sisters in our city.”
The United Way of Maryland’s fourth Project Homeless Connect helped the area’s homeless tap into more than 150 services.
This was the fourth year for the event, which was held at the Baltimore Convention Center.
Volunteers were matched with homeless adults or homeless families to help them take advantage of the more than 150 services available at the event. There were stations where participants could have photo identification cards made and obtain dental care, housing information and legal services. There was also a huge table full of necessities like water bottles, granola bars, toothbrushes and razors – all for free.
Organizers said they planned to host 2,000 volunteers.
Shamda Yates was among one of the many people waiting to have their teeth examined and take advantage of the other offerings. She said she came looking to make a positive change in her life. “It was important to me because I really need my ID,” she said. “I just changed my life, so I’m trying to get a job…I’m trying to do some things in life.”