Project Homeless Connect KC 2019

UWGKC team members handed out hygiene kits previously assembled by volunteers, provided guidance on requests for transportation and more

For one impact-filled day, Kansas City came together to support its homeless population through Project Homeless Connect KC (PHCKC), and United Way of Greater Kansas City was right in the center.

UWGKC team members handed out hygiene kits previously assembled by volunteers, provided guidance on requests for transportation and more, and stepped in to help in any way possible.

The event served nearly 300 individuals thanks to more than 100 volunteers and countless donated services.

“The best part of these events is seeing the community come together to take action,” said Brandon Calloway, Volunteer Engagement Manager at UWGKC. “We see multiple organizations come together to serve the homeless population, as well as the volunteers that give their time to escort the individuals through the event, and make sure they get the things they need.” 

Project Homeless Connect KC is a one-day, free annual event for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Greater Kansas City area to facilitate a connection to and support from service providers of basic needs such as health care, legal aid, employment assistance, housing, food, clothing, abuse recovery, dental care, education, government assistance, counseling and more. PHCKC serves as a single, central location full of opportunities that provide the homeless the care they need to move their lives forward.

For this event, UWGKC team members handed out hygiene kits previously assembled by employees at The Hartford and Compass Minerals during their respective annual campaign events.

“These kits are genuinely needed and appreciated by the recipients, but above all, they show that someone cares about their struggles,” Calloway said. “All of our kits contain a note or letter of encouragement and I have been told that those often produce tears from the recipient.”

Calloway said Project Homeless Connect KC is a reminder every year of the connection between the community’s generous residents and their neighbors in need.

“It means a lot to see the physical embodiment of the United Way mission,” Calloway said. “I am in the unique situation of being able to see the process from beginning to the end. I get the request from companies to make the kits, order all of the materials, I get to see the passion and caring that the volunteers have when they put the kits together and then I get to see the genuine appreciation that the individual has when they receive the kit. I feel honored to be able to see the collective caring power of the city AND be able to follow the process all the way through to the impact that it has.”

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas attended the event and encouraged everyone in the community to join him at the Gregg Klice Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

“Volunteers are providing services, healthcare, and basic necessities to ensure all Kansas Citians can have a better quality of life,” Mayor Lucas said on Facebook. “Come out…to show your support if you can!”