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The Connection helps the homeless community during COVID-19

The Connection helps the homeless during COVID-19
The Connection helps the homeless during COVID-19(Marresa Burke)
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 4:54 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -In October of 2019, the Connection homeless shelter was over their normal capacity. They added additional sleeping areas to accommodate more residents. However, in light of 2020 and the coronavirus, they operate at fifty-percent capacity.

Homelessness is defined as any human or family household who is living in a place not meant for human habitation. People who live in a car, at a park, in between buildings, abandoned buildings or any individual who is living at an emergency sheltering are considered homeless.

“The homeless are the most at-risk populations in our nation because of access to health care, living conditions and poor health,” said Executive Director of the Connection Ashley Lewis. “Protecting our residents and finding ways to limit a spread if there was an outbreak are our main priorities.”

The Connection is currently accepting donations of pillows, blankets, hygiene products, paper products and clothes. Donations of any kind assist the organization in continuing to help supply a need to their homeless population in North Platte.

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