Project Homeless Connect serves hundreds of Fairbanksans in need

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks residents in need were given a chance to learn about available resources and receive basic medical treatment, among other services, at today's 'Project Homeless Connect' event.
Project Homeless Connect, put on by the Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition, provided a one-day, one-stop opportunity at the JP Jones Center.
People could seek vision, dental, and other basic medical treatments, while waiting to sit down for a haircut provided by New Look Hair Salon.
Government agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Labor, were there to guide people through filling out paperwork for personal identification cards or job applications.
Several other agencies representing the housing and hospitality industries were there to help those most in need.
Fairbanks Housing and Homeless Coalition Coordinator, Mike Sanders, says that he was impressed by the number of people who participated, and who volunteered.
Mike Sanders; Housing and Homeless Coord., City of Fairbanks>>: "It's been a pretty great event so far. The last time I took a look at the counter, we'd had 255 people here, but that was a couple of hours ago so I think we've probably had about 300 by this point.
We have had so many volunteers. Fairbanks is such an amazing place for volunteers. A few weeks ago we were afraid we wouldn't have enough and today, and over the last couple days, we've just had a flood of volunteers and it's been great."