Great Falls

Jan 26, 2013 7:57 PM by Beth Beechie

Project Homeless Connect makes a Great Falls debut

A national and state-wide event just became a little more personal thanks to determined Great Falls College-MSU students hoping to make a difference for the homeless.

Several Montana cities are working with the Montana Dental Association offering free preventive healthcare to low-income families and the homeless.

Great Falls College-MSU dental hygiene students got the idea to bring Project Homeless Connect closer to home after seeing success in other cities.

Missoula, Billings, and Bozeman all have similar events, and the Great Falls students are hoping to make this one an annual event.

"We attended the event as a class in Kalispell last June. And we just, me and my co-chair Kelly McDonald, just kind of fell in love with it," Katie Zignego said. "We thought it was really good. We could see there was a huge need, people were extremely grateful. And dental services are really sought after so obviously being a dental hygiene student we focused on that."

Other services were offered at the event on Saturday.

Cosmetology students were on hand to give guests haircuts and local organizations like the Center for Mental Health, Job Services, and Vets 4 Vets were there to offer free services to anyone in need.