An event on Oct. 12 in Parksville will provide free products and services to homeless people, and those at risk of homelessness in Oceanside, while also bringing community members together to show support for our region’s mot vulnerable.
The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness is hosting the fourth annual Project Connect Health Fair on Oct. 12 at the Parksville Community & Conference Centre from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. This event coincides with Homelessness Action Week in B.C.
A number of services providers will be present at the event, including Island Crisis Care Society, Forward House Community Society, Society of Organized Services (SOS), Canadian Mental Health Association, The Career Centre, Mental Health & Substance Use and Ministry of Social Development, among many others.
The event will offer free hair cuts, hearing exams, foot care, public health testing, portraits and many other valuable services. A veterinarian will also be on hand for those who have pets. Donations from service providers and community members will provide give-away items including food, pet food, and hygiene items.
Along with serving residents in-need, the event aims to raise awareness about homelessness in Parksville, Qualicum Beach and the surrounding communities, and to give service providers a valuable opportunity to connect with each other about their services.