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Project Community Connect helps Rochester residents make ends meet


Free meals, haircuts and other services were provided at the annual Project Community Connect Friday for hundreds of people struggling to make ends meet.

The annual event was held by the Homeless Community Network at Mayo High School from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dozens of volunteers offered free services like education and housing assistance, as well as health advice, and help for veterans.

Volunteers were also giving out free cell phones, and stylists provided haircuts.

Some attendees have been taking part in the event for several years.

"Project Community Connect, they were able to connect me over with a dentist over the years, a landlord. So all in all, it's a very positive experience," said Rochester resident Jamie Peters.

"It's given me a chance to talk with people, for people who are homeless, which I used to be," said Rochester resident Arne Hoven. "They've helped find housing for people in the Rochester community, or at least refer you to people who can assist in finding housing."

Project Community Connect is typically held in late January each year.

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