Hope Connection

Community Partnership of the Ozarks

A one-day event to help the Ozarks’ homeless population is in need of volunteers.

The Community Partnership’s Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness will host the ninth annual Hope Connection and Veterans Stand Down November 15.  The event will give homeless individuals access to essential services and will also feature specific services for veterans.

Each guest seeking services will be paired with a community volunteer to help navigate services and provide one on one support. 

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Community Partnership of the Ozarks is teaming up with over 75 local organizations for this year’s HOPE Connection, an annual event aimed at providing various services to the area’s homeless community. Deputy Director of Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention at CPO Michelle Garand says this year is shaping up to be bigger than the last.

“Every year we have increased participation by about 25 percent. Last year we served 650 individuals who came seeking services, this year we are gearing up for about 800 to a thousand individuals coming in,” says Garand.

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A record breaking amount of community members offered their support today to Springfield’s homeless population.

The Hope Connection event at the Expo Center had over 400 volunteers helping with a range of services to patrons.

Michelle Garand is the deputy director of affordable housing and homeless prevention for Community Partnership of the Ozarks, which teamed with more than 40 partner agencies to host the event.

“They’re getting healthcare, they’re getting housing, everything thing they could need for housing and financial security,” Garand said.