A recently formed nonprofit is gearing up for its first major event: a fair highlighting resources and services for homeless residents in Moore County.
Cliff Brown, director of Team Workz, said the fair, which is set for Veterans Day weekend, will connect attendees with groups whose specialties “range from alcohol treatment to mental health.” A dozen organizations have signed up to participate in the two-day event, and Brown hopes additional groups will commit in the coming days.
“This is a way for the public to meet people and organizations that provide services that deal with the homeless and the needy,” Brown said. “It will also give those in need a chance to see what’s available for them.”
Brown is a retired sergeant with the state Department of Corrections and a former president of the State Employees Association. He said The Pilot’s reporting on homeless encampments stirred interest earlier this year in the plight of unsheltered people in Moore County, prompting him to convene a series of community meetings that led to the formation of Team Workz in May.
Since then, many residents have contacted Brown in hopes of learning how they can help the homeless. The resource fair, he said, will include information about local volunteer opportunities and projects like the Point in Time Count, an annual tally of homeless people that Team Workz will be conducting in January.
According to a flier, the free event will also feature refreshments, door prizes and a raffle.
The fair runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 9 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, located at 1517 Luther Way in Southern Pines. Organizations interested in participating in the event can register on the nonprofit's website.