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Rotarians Support Project Homeless Connect in Harrisburg


The Rotary Club of Harrisburg participated in the 2nd annual Harrisburg-area Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event at the Pennsylvania Farm Show building on Friday, September 16, 2011. This special day, which brought necessary services directly to homeless people in the city, was planned and coordinated by the Capital Area Coalition on Homelessness (CACH) and supported by many Harrisburg-based organizations including the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg, Bethesda Mission, and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

Based on a national model, PHC events have taken place in cities across the country, providing a single location where non-profit medical and social service providers can together help homeless individuals and families with a wide variety of comprehensive services. “The premise of the program is for the homeless to be able to have many of their individual needs addressed at one time,” said Corinne Rebinski, co-chair of the Rotary club’s Homeless Initiatives committee.

During PHC events, homeless guests are able to accomplish in just one day, what could otherwise take many months. These services include dental care, eyeglasses, HIV testing, food and medical care, legal advice, ID cards, employment counseling, and much more. This year’s event in Harrisburg helped 177 homeless adult guests as well as 39 children, drew more than 150 community volunteers, and raised $11,000 for homeless services. Specific results included 15 individuals housed, 17 applications completed for temporary disability, and 80 individuals assisted with flu shots and various screenings.

Rotary club members participated as greeters and even assisted with medical assessments. “The Rotarians truly enjoyed and valued the opportunity, with club volunteers actually thanking us for coming up with the idea to participate,” said Rebinski. The club became involved in PHC as a result of its desire to “do more for the homeless in the city,” said Rebinski. “I am certain we will participate again next year,” she added.

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PHOTO: Representatives of the Rotary Club of Harrisburg volunteered for Project Homeless Connect at the Pennsylvania Farm Show building on September 16, 2012. (Left to right) Tom Johnston of Camp Hill, Ginny Roth of Duncannon, Una Martone of Mechanicsburg, and Deborah Saline of Camp Hill.

Since our founding in 1911, the Rotary Club of Harrisburg has been dedicated to doing good in the world. With nearly 200 members, we are one of the largest clubs in the area. Our members include some of the region’s most prominent business, professional, and civic leaders. We gather at weekly meetings and other functions to fulfill our commitment to the Rotarian ideals of friendship, fellowship, and service to others.

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