Omicron Omega, Phi Iota Omega and Upsilon Eta Omega Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated combined efforts to combat homelessness, on Saturday April 5th. The Chapters partnered with Hands on Birmingham (HOB), the City of Birmingham and One Roof to provide volunteers for the 7th annual Project Homeless Connect. Project Homeless Connect is an innovative, one day event that links people experiencing homelessness with much needed services. Project Homeless Connect volunteers served as guides to help guests navigate the array of services. Services included voter registration, housing, medical and dental services, identification services, veterans’ services, legal, employment services, pet care and haircuts…along with much more.
As Project Homeless Connect volunteers, our members served as Smiling Faces Client Guides. Smiling Faces Client Guides are the first contact clients have at the service center. Members of the sorority played crucial and pivotal roles in helping engage clients and making them feel welcome! Sorority members assisted each client as they visited the various service providers..
The organization’s first major task is raising money for One Roof and Project Homeless Connect which was held on March 10th. The goal of Project Homeless Connect is to put homeless citizens in contact with services that will remove the barriers that keep them homeless and one of the main services of PHC is issuing state identification cards which have lost funding this year. One Roof faces the task of raising $5,000 to continue supplying IDs to enable access to government assistance, food stamps and health insurance. Identification is required before homeless individuals are able to obtain needed services and, more recently participate as voters in elections.
On April 10th Omicron Omega, Phi Iota Omega and Upsilon Eta Omega chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated raised over $1,325 for One Roof.