Service providers assisting the public.
Service providers assisting the public.

Look Out, The Community Connection Events are Just Getting Started

Author: SLO Veterans Services
Date: 10/26/2018 3:27:54 PM

More than 121 individuals received services from 53 service providers at the Community Connection.


A one-stop-shop event connected underrepresented groups to difficult-to-obtain benefits and services in Paso Robles in October.

The County of San Luis Obispo Veterans Services Office and the County Department of Social Services teamed up to bring together a huge variety of community partners to provide on-site services ranging from tuition assistance to mental health services at this event named “The Community Connection.”

“There was such tremendous support,” said Outreach Coordinator John Aparicio. “We are so grateful to the community for coming together to help ensure that our neighbors and friends had access to the services they needed. It was amazing to see families with children, students, and veterans all receiving services side-by-side. The Community Connection events are all about providing a space for everyone regardless of their income, housing, veteran, or student status to come together to receive services, find out about local programs, and network. We would like to thank all of the generous service providers for making this event possible!”

More than 121 individuals received services from 53 service providers at this community event. There were 19 attendees age 0-18, 72 attendees age 19-59, and 30 attendees age 60+.

Attendees received on-site services ranging from housing and tuition assistance to flu shots and haircuts. Many services were available for all attendees with still more services available for veterans, students, and low-income families. There were 31 flu shots administered and all attendees and service providers received a free lunch from La Parrilla Grill. This event was funded by public donations and donations from The Community Foundation, CenCal Health, and Dignity Health.

The Community Connection event provides all the services that were provided by the Mobile Assistance and Services addressing Homelessness (M.A.S.H.) and Veterans Stand Down events. It will be held four times each year in different areas of the county in place of the M.A.S.H. events and include a wider variety of services. The next Community Connection event will be held at the Morro Bay Veterans Hall on February 25th, 2019 beginning at 1 p.m. and ending at 4 p.m.

For more information on this series of events, including how to become involved, visit www.slocounty.ca.gov or call the Veterans Services Office at 805-781-5766.