Project Homeless Connect is a one-day community wide event to be held on Tuesday May 20, 2014 in Santa Cruz. Volunteers provide quality of life resources and housing support to individuals experiencing homelessness in the community.
The College of Botanical Healing Arts (Cobha) is a high quality educational institution and aromatherapy college that provides training focusing on the power of healing through use of essential oils, herbs, and nutrition. Cobha’s participation at Project Homeless Connect provides hand washing with tea tree and lemongrass oils, then a 15 – 20 minute hand massage with essential oils chosen by the homeless client, and added to a plant- based lotion. College director Elizabeth Jones says, “Last year the appreciation level was quite high for the receiver and the giver. We work one-on-one, being present with the client, and sharing each other’s life experiences while massaging the fragrant lotion into their hands and wrists. One comment I remember was, ‘I have not been touched in such a caring way for many months and with such beautiful smells to go along with it.’
How PHC started
Project Homeless Connect, PHC, originated in San Francisco in 2004 when Mayor Gavin Newsom challenged his county workers to create a better system of care for the homeless community. The one-day service model they created proved extremely effective and since its inception, Project Homeless Connect has spread to more than 220 cities in three different countries.
This year, the Santa Cruz PHC event has relocated to a bigger site at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, and will also expand into a Watsonville event on November 5th, 2014.
Volunteers needed to help run event.
Training sessions will be held at the United Way of Santa Cruz, 4450 Capitola Rd #106, Capitola. To volunteer, follow this link.
By June Smith