Community Action Resource Enterprises, Inc. (CARE) will host its annual Homeless Connect event, on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 2-5 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church gym at 2411 5th Street in downtown Tillamook.

There will also be a free mobile dental clinic onsite from noon to 5 p.m. that day, as well as pet care starting at 1 p.m.

This event is open to anyone in the county who lacks a safe and stable place to call home, whether they are camping, living in a travel trailer, staying with friends or family members, or “couch-surfing.”

There will be a free hot meal, clothing, toiletries/first aid items, haircuts, tents, tarps, and other bedding, laundry access, flu shots and nurse. There will also be community information and resources. This is a pet and child friendly event!

Each year, CARE conducts a count of homeless people in our community. This event not only connects people in need with resources, but helps CARE to achieve a more accurate count, which helps to bring much-needed resources into the community to help!

There are some ways you can help! You can refer people in need to the Homeless Connect, you can volunteer your time/services to the event, and you can also donate appropriate and gently used items, or even cash. Needed items are warm outerwear, tarps, tents, sleeping bags, hygiene items. Donations can be made at the Oregon Food Bank on 1760 Wilson River Loop Road, or at any library branch. To volunteer, please contact Erin Skaar at CARE, at 503-842-5261, or [email protected].

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