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Gathering beckons to those in need of shelter

The second River Falls Community Connect (RFCC) event will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at First Congregational Church, 110 N. Third St.

The RFCC is set up to be a one-stop shop for those needing community resources and services.

The July 30 RFCC event will provide free hair cuts, clothing, laundry soap and food (meal served 4-7p.m.) for those in need.

Nonprofit, government and health organizations will be on site to provide free services and resources.

Services that will be provided include: Assistance with housing, jobs, transportation, utilities, physical and mental health and veteran’s services. 

The RFCC event serves as a catalyst for community awareness and involvement. Organizers hope to generate new energy and commitment to helping “our neighbors in need.”

If you are a service provider or community member interested in volunteering or providing a service, contact Our Neighbors’ Place at 715-426-9000.  ONP is the main organizer for this year’s RFCC.

Volunteers are needed to greet agencies and guest as they arrive, assist guests as they navigate the event and help with set-up and breakdown.

The following donations are being collected: Adult- and child-sized clothing; adult- and child-sized socks and underwear; stamps; gift cards for food and gas; and taxi gift certificates. Donations can be dropped off at Our Neighbors’ Place Day Center, 122 W. Johnson St.

In conjunction with the RFCC event, Our Neighbors’ Place along with support from Turningpoint, Positive Alternatives and WestCAP will conduct the annual July Point-in-Time Count.

A Point-in-Time or PIT count is a statistically reliable, unduplicated count of people experiencing homelessness during a designated one-night period. Wisconsin conducts this count twice per year.

The PIT is intended to capture a “snapshot” of what homelessness looks like in a community.

In July 2013, four people in River Falls were counted as unsheltered; in January 2014, the number was three.

If you or someone you know is unsheltered and experiencing homelessness, contact Our Neighbors’ Place or attend the River Falls Community Connect Event. 

For more information, contact Our Neighbors’ Place Director Katie Morsch at 715-426-9000 or, or visit