On a day that was very cold and wet, I was setting up for a big event at Soldier's Field.  I needed a lot of volunteers to help me that day but unfortunately, it was just me working in the cold.  Well, a man in the park saw me working and I could see him coming towards me as I continued to work as fast as I could with my cold hands.

Jessica Williams and Bob
Jessica Williams and Bob

Bob is homeless in Rochester and he just happened to be at a nearby park that day.  I'm not sure if Bob saw that I was struggling but he offered to help me that cold, October day.  For hours, he helped me with a smile and when I asked him to take a selfie with me, he had no idea why anyone would want a picture with him.  (he even apologized that I was downwind from him...but I didn't care). 

Bob was just as cold as I was that day and probably more since he spent his night on the bench right next to the park.  I asked him where he was going and he said,

"I'm going to a place so I can warm up for a few hours.  I go here pretty much every day.  It is one of the few places where I can walk in and get out of the cold."

Project Community Connect is a free event for everyone in our community who is struggling to make ends meet, including Bob.  This event takes place each year.  If you know someone who is struggling to make ends meet or that is homeless, please share the details below with them.

  • When:  Friday, January 24th, 2020
  • Time:  10am until 2pm
  • Where:  John Marshall High School
  • FREE Transportation:  Free city bus ride on Routes 9 and 10 to/from John Marshall High School.  Just let the driver know you are going to Project Community Connect.

The services and resources available at Project Community Connect are:

  • FREE lunch,
  • FREE haircuts,
  • Medical services,
  • Flu shots & immunizations,
  • FREE HIV testing,
  • MNsure Certified Navigators,
  • Legal services,
  • Education resources
  • Employment assistance,
  • Services for Veterans,
  • Photo ID’s,
  • Tax appointment information,
  • Shoe Bus,
  • Interpreters
  • and more!

Project Community Connect is sponsored by the Homeless Community Network of Olmsted County.

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