Over 1,000 Meals, Services, Donations Served at Homeless Connect

On Friday, Supervisor Andrew Do and community partners put on the County's first ever Homeless Connect event at the Courtyard Transitional Homeless Shelter. Over 1,000 meals, services, and blankets and hygiene kits were provided to homeless individuals. 

"We are bringing the services directly to our homeless population," said Supervisor Andrew Do. "The services and donations provided today are integral to improving the quality of life of these individuals." 

To kickoff the event, Supervisor Do welcomed community partners including Westminster Councilman Tyler Diep who has been working to solve homelessness in our community. 

"We are going to solve homelessness through a coordinated effort between the County, the State, cities, and nonprofits," said Westminster Councilman Tyler Diep. 

The over 1,000 meals were donated by Bella's Kitchen and Farmer Johns

Services included free blood pressure and glucose tests provided by Serve the People Community Center, free manicures provided by Universal Nails and free haircuts provided by Midnight Mission

Buss passes were provided by 211 Orange County and more services were provided by nonprofits and agencies like and Illumination FoundationOC Public Defender's Office and Orange County Health Care Agency and Behavioral Health

After visiting the booths, the homeless individuals were given a raffle ticket. The prizes raffled off were donated gifts cards to Target, Walgreens, IHOP, and AMC Theatres. 

"Homelessness is a problem that impacts not only the individual who is struggling but the entire community," said Supervisor Andrew Do. "Bringing our resources to these individuals will lead them on a path to recovery." 

Supervisor Andrew Do opened the Courtyard Transitional Homeless Center in October 2016. The Courtyard provides shelter to 400 every night and serves 1,000 meals daily. More than eighty individuals have been permanently housed from the Courtyard.