LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Around 90 organizations filled the floor of Pinnacle Bank Arena Wednesday for the ninth annual Project Homeless Connect. The event went from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and offered services like haircuts, medical exams, immunizations, food, clothing, and more.
Denise Packard, volunteer coordinator helped create this year's event and said the entire thing was created with volunteers and donations. She thinks it's an important event for those in need but also the community.
"Awareness is one thing for our community to break down the stigma of homelessness, homelessness doesn't discriminate," said Packard.
Joseph Condon is a Marine Corps Veteran and has been struggling with alcohol abuse for 14 years.
"I got a minor in posession and didn't learn from that, then I got a DUI when I go out of the Marine Corps and didn't learn from that, I didn't take it seriously I kind of just jumped through the hoops, then I had my domestic violence case," he said.
Condon said he hasn't had a drink since September 6th and is trying to turn his life around for his two young daughters.
"Anything that will help me in the long run and help me stay busy too," said Condon.
He said he wasn't aware of all of benefits offered to veterans and wanted to learn more about them. He also hopes to work with veterans because it reminds him of the brotherhood.