PCC event connects hundreds with community services

An estimated 575 residents of Scott County and Carver County received services at Scott-Carver Project Community Connect (PCC) at the Chaska Community Center on Aug. 8.
The annual event designed to “end homelessness and help our neighbors in need” drew 80 service providers and more than 100 volunteers.
“We saw a significant increase in the number served over last year when we had 364 guests, an increase that is indicative of the need that is out there, as well as our ability to reach out to those who are ‘living on little,’ ” said PCC Co-Chairwoman Coleen Speer of Chaska.
“We served county residents who are living in tents or in their vehicles and people who are couch-hopping – staying temporarily with family and friends,” Speer said. “Some of the people who came to PCC needed only one type of assistance – help getting an identification card or a driver license renewed – while others had some pretty significant needs for housing, medical and dental care, and mental health services. I had one family tell me their three young children were hungry and their first order of business was getting food for them.”
The daylong event began with a welcoming address from Chaska Parks and Recreation Director Tom Redman. PCC Co-Chair Allison Streich followed by introducing Cathy ten Broeke, the State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness. Ten Broeke explained that, in addition to helping individuals, the event raises community awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness and poverty and helps find solutions on a local and state level.
This year’s Scott-Carver PCC featured a mobile dental van for adults, children’s dental services, medical services provided by local physicians, nurses, and lab technicians, and attorneys providing legal assistance. There was a Public Health Shots for School Clinic, assistance accessing benefits and emergency assistance, free haircuts, and a wide variety of community resources to help with housing, education and employment, counseling and veteran services.
“The Community Center provided us with great space for our service providers, and we received tremendous support from their staff,” Speer said. “We are so thankful to the Chaska Community Center for hosting this year’s event, and we want to thank all the individuals, businesses and organizations that supported PCC this year and our terrific volunteers who made it all happen.”
All of the services provided at PCC are funded by donations. Due to the high volume of individuals served at the event, PCC organizers are continuing to ask for donations.
If you would like to support Scott-Carver PCC, send a check made out to the CAP Agency and write “Project Community Connect” in the memo line. Checks can be sent to the CAP Agency, 712 Canterbury Road So., Shakopee, MN 55379.