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Published November 18, 2011, 04:42 PM

'Project Connect' Provides Help For Those in Need in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People facing financial distress found help Thursday at Grand Forks' third annual Project Connect.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - People facing financial distress found help Thursday at Grand Forks' third annual Project Connect.

Local agencies made support easy as they gathered in one place to help make ends meet for those in need.

Project Connect is a one day, one-stop shop for people who might not be able to afford a warm hat for winter, a meal or even a haircut.

Service providers and volunteers from the community came together to provide access to services including housing, medical consultations, and much more.

"A lot of people who are coming here maybe don't have cars or access to vehicles, so that's why we wanted to pull everyone, all of these agencies, together in one place for one day," community betterment specialist Katie Brockpahler said.

The goal was to help those in financially difficult situations, but organizers saw a wide variety of people.

"It's really a lot of people you wouldn't normally think you would see here who need help. People who just need a warm hat and mittens come here and we're happy to help them with that," Brockpahler said.

People could also get a warm meal and a haircut. Many say it helps them to feel more secure.

"It's a great day. It's fantastic, all this help they give to people. You know, this is hope here," John Ebertowski said.

Halfway through the day, Project Connect had already helped more than 100 people. Volunteers say it makes them feel proud to help those in need.

"It's something that I like doing. It gives me joy to see other people get help," volunteer Herb Cowan said.

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