York Wellness & Rehabilitation Institute

Homeless Connect

Each fall, nearly 100% of Nazareth's undergraduate and graduate social work students and faculty help plan, coordinate, and volunteer at Project Homeless Connect. The massive day-long effort serves more than 700 people who are homeless or near homeless. Nazareth's undergraduate research methods course students are responsible for the event's data collection and improvement efforts.

More than 90 non-profit organizations and government offices are represented, all under one roof. The event connects the guests to services that may otherwise not be easily and immediately accessible, such as dental care, medical services, eye care, housing information, benefit applications, and legal advocacy. The goal is to help people have better outcomes and use fewer high cost-services.

Student volunteers

This project is part of the Nazareth College Social Work Department's work as a partner of the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services. The Center, led by the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, is a consortium of schools of social work working to strengthen homeless services.

Questions? Contact:

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Professor and BSW Program Director in Social Work
Smyth Hall 384

Education: B.A., Cornell University, M.S.W., SUNY at Albany, and Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Welfare reform, child and family issues, poverty, and social policy.

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Jed Metzger

Jed Metzger

Professor & the Rosemarie Beston Chair for International and Global Studies in Social Work
Smyth Hall 363A

Education: B.A. Psychology, Emory University; M.S.W., New York University; Ph.D. Clinical Social Work, NYU.

Teaching and Research Interests: Kinship care; the application of service learning to the development of civically engaged social workers.

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Nazareth students and faculty help people who are homeless or at risk, at Project Homeless Connect

Beyond Self

During Project Homeless Connect Rochester, Nazareth social work students and faculty match struggling people with the help they need to get back on their feet. Read the story. >>