Some vendors offer services for the homeless.

Some vendors offer services for the homeless.

Project Homeless Connect sees largest turn out yet

The fourth annual Project Homeless Connect was held Thursday, January 29th from 10:00am – 3:00pm at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex and according to the event organizers had the greatest participation since the events inception. “There were over 60 confirmed participants with the estimated number to be around 80-100, which equates to the largest attended Project Homeless Connect yet,” reported Jodi Stuart, president of the Soldotna Rotary Club. “There were approximately 30 vendors and over 100 volunteers involved.” The event is a coalition of groups addressing homelessness on the Peninsula including The Leeshore Center, KPC, Bishops Attic and the Kenaitze Indian Tribe in addition to the 30 some service vendors. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe this year offered services, information and backpacks with sleeping bags. Free lunch was provided along with practical services such as haircuts, massages and healing touch. “The reason we do this is to not only provide practical services like resume writing to those in need, but to get some facts and numbers on the homeless issue. It’s difficult here because there are so many variables to it,” said Lisa Roberts, United Way executive director and chair for this year’s Project Homeless Connect. According to Roberts since 2012 chronic homelessness on the Peninsula has increased 20%. “It tends to be less visible here but the need is here and we’re doing our best to address it with practical help to meet the need. There is a specific phone number directly for Project Homeless Connect that anyone can call at any time and that number is 907- 953-1498,” said Roberts. “Thanks to all the volunteers and vendors that participated. Anyone interested in being involved in next year’s event can call 283–9500 or email

Lisa Roberts of United Way chaired this year's Homeless Connect.

Lisa Roberts of United Way chaired this year’s Homeless Connect.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe offered services & backpacks with sleeping bags at Project Homeless Connect.

Kenaitze Indian Tribe offered services & backpacks with sleeping bags at Project Homeless Connect.

Largest turn out ever for Project Homeless Connect.

Largest turn out ever for Project Homeless Connect.

Rose Bezilla offered free massages again this year at Project Homeless Connect.

Rose Bezilla offered free massages again this year at Project Homeless Connect.

More in News

A moose is photographed in Kalifornsky, Alaska, in July 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Illegal moose harvest down from past 5 years

The large majority of moose this year were harvested from North and South Kasilof River areas.

Renee Behymer and Katelyn Behymer (right) of Anchorage win this week’s vaccine lottery college scholarship sweepstakes. (Photo provided)
Dillingham and Anchorage residents win 6th vaccine lottery

“Get it done,” one winner said. “Protect us all, protect our elders and our grandchildren.”

Kenai Vice Mayor and council member Bob Molloy (center), council member Jim Glendening (right), council member Victoria Askin (far right), and council member Henry Knackstedt (far left) participate in a work session discussing the overhaul of Kenai election codes on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska.
Kenai City Council gives sendoffs, certifies election results

Both council members-elect — Deborah Sounart and James Baisden — attended Wednesday.

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. (CDC)
COVID is No. 3 underlying cause of death among Alaskans so far this year

The virus accounted for about 7.5% of all underlying causes of death after a review of death certificates.

Rep. David Eastman, R-Wasilla, speaks on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives during a floor debate on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, over an appropriations bill during the Legislature’s third special session of the summer. Multiple organizations reported on Wednesday that Eastman is a lifetime member of the far-right organization the Oath Keepers. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Data leak shows state rep is member of far-right organization

Wasilla area lawmaker said he joined when Oath Keepers first started.

Christine Hutchison, who lives in Kenai and also serves on the Kenai Harbor Commission, testifies in support of the use of alternative treatments for COVID-19 during a meeting of the Kenai City Council on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
‘Medical liberty’ petition brought to Kenai City Council

Some members of the public and Kenai City Council spoke against health mandates and in support of alternative treatments for COVID-19

Amber Kraxberger-Linson, a member of Trout Unlimited and streamwatch coordinator for the Chugach National Forest, works in the field in this undated photo. Kraxberger-Linson will be discussing at the Saturday, Oct. 23 International Fly Fishing Film Festival the organization’s educational programming for next summer. (Photo provided by Trout Unlimited)
Out on the water — and on the screen

Trout Unlimited to host fly fishing film festival Saturday.

This screen capture from surveillance footage released by the Anchorage Police Department shows a masked man vandalizing the Alaska Jewish Museum in Anchorage in May. (Courtesy photo / APD)
Museums statewide condemn antisemitic vandalism

Two incidents, one in May, one in September, have marred the museum this year.

Three speech language pathologists with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District were recognized for excellence during the Alaska Speech-Language-Hearing Association last month. (Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
Peninsula speech language therapists awarded for excellence

“I was very honored to be recognized by my peers and colleagues,” Evans said in an interview with the Clarion.

Most Read