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Published November 18, 2010, 05:23 PM

Project Connect Helps Those In Need

Project Connect brought nearly 30 Agencies to Hope Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Forks for a one stop shop for people in need.

Grand Forks is seeing a rise in homelessness and those seeking assistance. On Thursday, Grand Forks Agencies came together to help those in need.

Project Connect brought nearly 30 Agencies to Hope Evangelical Covenant Church in Grand Forks for a one stop shop for people in need.

Those looking for any type of assistance had a chance to connect with just about every support agency the Grand Forks community has to offer. It's part of this year's Project Connect.

"We like bringing all these agencies together in one spot where people can get all of their information at once instead of going to a lot off different appointments," said Emily Wright with the Grand Forks Housing Authority.

"If you don't have transportation your walking from one place to another its not very fun," said Scott Maxwell seeking help.

Scott Maxwell was looking for help from a few agencies today...including getting some winter clothing; he says an event like this allowed him to get everything done in one day.

"This event is helping me because I have need some resources at a sudden time in my life and without them it would be a lot harder to get things that I need with out things like this," said Maxwell.

Project Connect also provided hygiene items and a free meal to those who attended the event. Organizers say there are trying to stop this growing need in our community.

"Grand Forks does have a great need when it comes to those who are in need of housing, I work for the grand forks housing authority we have a waiting list of around thousand families right now, and that's just a portion of those in need in our community," said Wright.

For Maxwell, Project Connect came at the right time.

"I'm glad this all happened, we all needed it," said Maxwell.

Project Connect has helped 165 families so far.

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