Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday afternoon to the Kalamazoo County Expo Center to connect with a variety of free, on-site services, ranging from haircuts to eye exams to personal hygiene, clothing and books.

Project Connect, is a semi-annual event  sponsored by Kalamazoo County’s Poverty Reduction Initiative and connects individuals and families in financial need with over 50 vendors offering services such as parenting support, employment assistance, medical screenings, housing assistance and health insurance.

Many community members take advantage of the one stop approach, eliminating excess travel. Attendees at this years event were able to fellowship with a spaghetti lunch and refreshments.

Previous events easily attracted 700 attendees, but the numbers appeared lower than expected.

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