Posted Friday, December 10th, 2010

Morris County was an active participant in this year’s Project Homeless Connect on Dec. 9.

The event was designed to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness within the community and to highlight the services available within Morris County to those without shelter.

The Morris County Department of Human Services joined with a number of other civic, business and religious groups and government and community leaders in one location, St Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave., in Morristown. There, the participating agencies respectfully delivered hospitality, real services and information to numerous individuals who are experiencing homelessness.

Project Homeless Connect is an annual nationwide effort that began several years ago in San Francisco.

Morris County was the first county in New Jersey to participate five years ago. Now, all 21 counties in the state conduct Project Homeless Connect events.

The Morris County Freeholders declared Dec. 9 to be “Project Homeless Connect Day” in the county, urging county residents to work together to help solve the problems that lead to homelessness.