Several events to help the poor and homeless are on the horizon. No time to do a huge story on each, so here’s a quick look at what’s coming up:
- The Springs Rescue Mission provides free haircuts for men and women from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month. SRM is at 5 W. Las Vegas Street. Call 632-1822 for more info.
- A third community forum to address homeless camping issues will be held 5:30-8 p.m. March 1 at the Marian House, 14 W. Bijou Street. Sponsored by Pikes Peak Justice and Peace Commission and Catholic Charities, “Come Out of the Cold 3” will build on three ideas that came out of two previous forums: a designated tent city area with some form of self-governance; a shelter to accommodate couples, people with pets and those unable or unwilling to go to the Salvation Army’s New Hope Center shelter; and an employment agency to connect homeless workers with employers. The forum will explore whether the community is willing to pursue the options and commit resources to them. For more information, call 632-6189 or e-mail email@example.com
- First Presbyterian Church is hosting another “Bridges Out of Poverty” class to teach those who work with the needy and homeless how to more effectively relate to them. Classes will be 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 6-May 11. The class is free, but participants are asked to get the book “Bridges Out of Poverty.” It will be available at the class for $15. To register and for more information, go to www.first-pres.org/servelocal and click on the event title. Question or more info? Call Michelle at 844-6111.
- Homeward Pikes Peak’s annual “Project Connect” will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 18 at City Auditorium. More than 30 agencies will be on hand to help homeless people get off the streets and connect them with housing, health care, legal and financial services and other necessities. There will be no giveaways. For more information, call Homeward Pikes Peak at 955-0731.