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Project Homeless Connect

Clatsop Community Action mourns tragic loss of Jessica Shackelton Maclay…her legacy is Project Homeless Connect…she coordinated the first two (ever) events for Clatsop County…see obituary below

Project Homeless Connect was a one-day, one-stop event to provide a variety of services to homeless and near homeless families and individuals. The event was held Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at the Seaside Convention Center. “Ride the Bus” helped people get there free! Our goal was to reach all the homeless in our county whether they were living with family and friends, in their cars, or in other unsuitable housing.

Over 300 people attended. Project Connect 2012 is already scheduled for Tuesday, 24 January, 2012. We are expecting even more people next year.

Some of the services we provided: Hot meal, Food stamp and OHP applications, Employment information, Medical screenings, Hearing/sight van, Education information, Immunizations, Hair cuts, Birth certificate applications, Social security cards, Housing information, Legal services, and more…

Brief History Project Homeless Connect (PHC), which originated in San Francisco, is a one day, one-stop service event for homeless individuals and families. National Project Homeless Connect Day took place in 26 cities around the country on December 8th, 2005. PHC events vary in size, content and frequency in each community, but share a common intent – to remedy the homelessness of their neighbors. The “under one roof” offerings for participants and the “mobile hospitality” of volunteers who act as escorts and conductors for their homeless neighbors help lower their barriers and achieve results. Events catalyze community involvement, generate new partnerships, commitment, and investment to end homelessness. PHC gives people and organizations who have never been involved in homelessness before a way to make a difference in their community. PHC has now been adopted by more than 200 communities, large and small, in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Most participating communities organize one-stops run by volunteers offering homeless people assistance with housing, health care, legal issues, benefits enrollment, treatment and other basic needs.

Clatsop County Project Homeless Connect In 2011, over 40 local, state, nonprofits, government, and faith-based organizations provided over 300 homeless individuals and families with services such as sight and hearing testing, food, housing information, hygiene products, medical care, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, SSI benefits, legal advice, birth certificates, voice mail and mailing addresses, employment information, education information, and more. Over 150 volunteers were able to escort participants through the services being provided, help set up and clean up, share lunch with participants, provide medical testing, assist with the personal care pantry, and meet many individuals and families struggling with homelessness.

How You Can Help It is through the generous support of the community, that this event is successful. This event relies solely on donations to happen each year. Individuals and groups willing to volunteer their time are needed on the day of the event in a variety of areas as well as for small projects both before and after the event. Monetary donations go towards reserving the medical vans, rent space for the event, and services directly to clients (obtaining birth certificates, Oregon IDs, glasses, etc…). Donations of personal care items and warm clothing are always welcome. To sign up to volunteer, provide donations, or learn more about this year’s event, please contact CCA at 503-325-1400.

We could use your help to: Volunteer on the day of the event. Help secure in-kind donations and/or monetary donations (see wish list below)

Advertise the event Wish List: Tooth brushes, Garbage bags/Zip-lock bags (various sizes), Toothpaste/Floss, Brushes, combs, Fingernail Clippers, Socks (NEW only), Hand sanitizers or hand wipes, Underwear (NEW only), Razors, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Shaving cream, Waterproof ponchos with hoods, Foot powder, Winter jackets (cleaned), Antifungal cream, Sweaters (cleaned), Sanitary napkins/tampons, Reusable grocery bags, Emergency Blankets (small silver heating blanket), Flash Lights (batteries included), Laundry soap, Can openers, Sleeping bags

Monetary Donations for: Oregon IDs ($45 per person), Birth Certificates ($15-30 depending on state), Items on Wish List, Lions Van and Convention Center expenses.

To Volunteer or Donate: Contact CCA at (503) 325-1400 or stop by the office.

You can get a volunteer application on this website by clicking on the CCA documents on our home page. Click 2009-2010. Scroll down to the downloadable document you desire (flyer or volunteer application). You can also pick up a volunteer application at the CCA office.

Clatsop Community Action mourns tragic loss of Jessica Shackelton Maclay…her legacy is Project Homeless Connect…she coordinated the first two (ever) events for Clatsop County. 

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 12:36 pm – The Daily AstorianJessica Shackelton Maclay, 30, of Warrenton, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, from injuries sustained in a car accident near Seaside.She was born May 12, 1980, in Warsaw, N.Y. Her mother and stepfather, Judy (Eltz) and Gene Bleecker of Canastota, N.Y., survive. Her father and stepmother, Ralph and Lola Shackelton of Lakeland, Fla., also survive.Educated in New York schools, she received a master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo, with a concentration in community development.On July 13, 2008, she married Thomas “TJ” Maclay III. He survives, residing in Warrenton.Mrs. Maclay worked for Clatsop Community Action as a case manager for homeless services, her dream job of bringing the community closer together.Family members said she loved her work and jumped on every opportunity to better her community. She spent little energy on herself, from supporting her husband’s endeavors to monitoring Freecycle for clients’ needs. She was relentless in caring for and helping others. She enjoyed scrapbooking, making jewelry, hiking, kayaking and spending time with family and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a daughter, Kaiya Lynn Maclay of Warrenton; a maternal grandmother, Elsie Eltz of Sherrill, N.Y.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Christy and Jeff Lamberton of Rochester, N.Y., and Tami and Ron Menard of Norwich, N.Y.; two brothers, Kevin Shackelton of Norwich and Brian Shackelton of Sherrill; a mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marie and Tim Maclay of Plainfield, Vt.; a sister-in-law, Heather Maclay of Plainfield; a brother-in-law, Jeffrey Maclay of Plainfield; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Shackelton.A celebration of life will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Columbia Memorial Hospital Urgent Care Health and Wellness Pavilion, 2265 Exchange St.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at any U.S. Bank to the In Memory of Jessica Maclay account, a trust fund for her daughter.Caldwell’s Luce-Layton Mortuary in Astoria is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at

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