The Connection homeless shelter celebrates 25 years

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What started out as a small volunteer effort has become a staple to help people in our town. The Connection homeless shelter has been helping folks through difficult times for 25 years. To remind guests how we sometimes struggle, a hunger banquet was held at Harbor Lights as part of anniversary celebration. As the meal began, some people got rice and beans, and others vegetables - to represent food insecurities in our world, and right here at home.

Stories from the span of the 25 years were shared unanimously - to remind those attending why the connection has had, and continues to have, such an important mission in making a real difference in the lives of real people.

Years of hard work and fundraising - from the basement of the salvation army church to it's home at 414 e 6th st now. Thrift stores, and an apartment complex set up to help homeless persons get a step up until they work their way back to their own permanent housing. The Connection homeless shelter separately accommodates single men, single women and families with children with empathy and compassion.