Providing a helping hand

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Sometimes people need an extra hand but don't know where to look.

The Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People brought resources together in one spot Thursday at the Bismarck Library.

It was a one-stop event with several local service providers that help those who are homeless or on the brink of being homeless.

Free food, haircuts, job and ID services, and health and dental care information were just a few of perks at this event.

"I'm looking for a new start, and this is going to help me with my new start and help me get on my way with employment, and it gave me a new haircut to get on my feet, look good for the interview if I get one," said Fred Winchell.

Many people walking through say they're grateful to learn about all the different opportunities that Bismarck holds.

"I learned about Youthworks and stuff like that, and how they help you out. I learned about the free HIV and Hepatitis testing that they're doing," said Dakota Jacobson.

Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless People has a committee of about a dozen people that helped plan this event.

"I think our church really tries to reach out to those in need and we do whatever we can, and I really appreciate these events that are put together that make that possible," said Stephanie Southam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The goal: to get the community together in one place, and be a helping hand.

The Missouri Valley Coalition brought it back this year, the last time it had one of these project service connects was in 2017, but leaders say they want it to be an annual event. ​