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January/February 2019

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30 | January/February 2019 F E A T U R E Making vital connections for homeless women and children BY CRISSY NEVILLE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW WONDERLY W e all look to connect to something, or to someone, these days. A connection can be who you are related to or who you know, a union of ideas, or even the way two things join together in a continuous manner. is all comes to mind when stepping into Connections of Cumberland County (CCC), a nonprofit day resource center for homeless women and children in Fayetteville that helps to make important connections occur every day. At Connections, women and children who are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless are on the receiving end of life-changing links to everyday necessities and vital community resources. is can include connections to food, shelter, transportation, employment, mental health services, and more. It all started as a result of research conducted by the Women's Giving Circle of Cumberland County on the basic needs of local women and children. When the research revealed alarming statistics on homelessness, a committee was birthed from the Women's Circle to start Connections. e agency's doors opened in July of 2014. e nonprofit's good work is made possible by a pool of community volunteers and student interns. With a limited operating budget stemming from grants and donors, the agency relies on unpaid interns from local and distant colleges and universities to deliver case management and

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