The Adult event is March 22nd, 2013.
Denture Program Results
Thanks to the Creighton University School of Dentistry and The Charles Drew Clinic for helping over 200 homeless receive new dentures and a fresh outlook on life.
Free Services Offered To Those Struggling - 500 Show Up At Project Homeless, Organizer Says
OMAHA, Neb. -- Some of Omaha's homeless gathered at Creighton University's Kiewit Center Friday to receive medical help, clothing and information on permanent housing.
And some of the city's highest-ranking officials were there to help.
The services were provided by Project Homeless, which began in San Francisco in 2004 and has grown to 120 cities.
Friday's event, co-chaired by Mayor Mike Fahey and Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson, was Omaha's second Project Homeless event.
Forty service providers attended the event, including the Omaha Housing Authority, which was on hand to help people get permanent housing.
Ed Shada organized the event. He was discouraged by the high turnout. "It's unfortunate that we have this many people who are homeless," Shada said.
Shada said the success of last year's event carried over and caught the attention of many more who need help, including higher numbers of near homeless.
Last year, the event's focus was predominately on health-related issues, Shada said. This year, organizers hoped to get attendees into educational programs.
Mike Baker was at the event to get his teeth checked and inquire about housing opportunities. Within three months, Baker said he lost his job and his home. He said the program offers all the services one needs.
Another person seeking help, Tommy Thompson, was there to get food stamps, his dentures fixed and an eyeglass prescription. Thompson was at the event a year ago, helping a friend who was in a wheelchair. After that, he thought his chance for help had passed.
"I'd kind of given up hope," he said. Then he found out the event would return, bringing a smile to his face and the faces of 500 others seeking help.