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“Project Community Connect” offers life-changing services to those in need

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- The annual "Project Community Connect" at John Marshall High School drew a crowd despite inclement weather.

The event started in 2009 and aims to offer county and private human services to the homeless and people struggling to make ends meet.

Some of the services in attendance aimed to help those in need with legal advice, food resources, medical services and independent living services.

"We specialize in helping people with disabilities learn independent living skills and we help them meet their goals," said Melissa Cummins, program manager at SE MN Center for Independent Living. "On average, we serve about 350 people, this last fiscal year, we served over 1,000."

The Homeless Coalition Network organizes the event and meets regularly with the ultimate goal of reducing homelessness in Olmsted County.

Megan Zemple

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