Julia Sipes from The Salvation Army's Women and Children's Shelter talks with attendees of the Indy Homeless Connect.

The Indiana Convention Center houses many events, but on March 23, 2010 the main goal at the Convention Center was to help house the homeless at the Indy Homeless Connect. In its fifth year, this event has been organized by the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), which brings together different agencies and organizations to provide assistance and resources to those dealing with the effects of homelessness.

Case managers from The Salvation Army’s Women and Children’s Shelter, an event supporter for the last five years, could be found at the housing section of the Indy Homeless Connect. The shelter often houses those leaving abusive domestic situations.

“All our clients went there to get services,” Julia Sipes, special events coordinator for the Women and Children’s Shelter, said of shelter residents. “They said they received good information and resources.”

The resources were not limited to housing. Medical care, mock interviews and employment resources, counseling, rehab resources and even haircuts were among the services provided for attendees. According to the CHIP Web site, last year’s Connect took 600 volunteers to accomplish and ended up helping 900 people, 50 of which were children under age five.