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Annual Event Helps Billings' Homeless

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BILLINGS, Mont. - Providing Billings homeless population with the services they need to get back on their feet -- that's what Tuesday's Community Connect event was all about.

And for volunteer Jennie White-Smith -- the event means more than she can put into words.

"I was destitute and indigent when I came up here from Georgia, and all of these services helped me come up from the ranks, and now I'm blessed with working -- and I'm sober," she said.

Eight years after Billings Community Connect helped White-Smith get the resources she needed -- she now volunteers at the event. It's held annually at the Shrine Auditorium -- and more than 50 service providers participate, including government agencies, local businesses and many more.

Event organizer Lynda Woods says it helps out more than just the visible -- on the streets -- homeless population.

"We also have a more hidden population that are in challenging housing situations, that may be couch surfing, may be staying with friends and family -- and are not able to access affordable housing," she said.

After visiting six different providers -- those attending could go into the basement and pick out clothing, books, food and other items they need.

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