An event Wednesday at the Mack Gaston Community Center is for homeless people and also those at risk of becoming homeless.
We have homeless people that are literally living in tents, cars, sleeping on friends sofas and going from houses week to week. Thats considered homeless, too, said Carlene Mutter, coordinator for Dalton-Whitfield County Family Connections.
We want them to come and get some assistance, she said.
Homeless Connect will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the community center at 218 Fredrick St. in Dalton. More than 75 volunteers will be available to assist people seeking help with housing, employment, obtaining photo identification, birth certificates, health care screenings, veterans services and haircuts, all free of charge. Food boxes will be available also.
Jennifer Shearin, assistant director/homeless programs manager for the Dalton-Whitfield Community Development Corp., said this is the third year for Homeless Connect. The first year only 30 people were assisted, last year a little more than 100 attended.
Shearin said they are hoping even more will come this Wednesday.
We want people to come who are homeless or at risk to become homeless, she said.
Shearin said many people from the community attended last year to see what was going on.