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Connecting the homeless to services in Rapid City

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Homelessness is a visible problem in Rapid City and on Thursday one organization aims to help homeless families. Homeless Connect is put on by the Black Hills Regional Coalition.

The 8th annual event connects families that are homeless to a variety of services. People can get haircuts, see medical experts, and get other information from service providers.

The event also connects homeless veterans to services. Organizers say it's an important event that's helpful to those in need.

"It's a one stop shop. We have one opportunity for them to come. They get free haircuts, a bag of food, they get photos. Just one stop for everyone to get connected," said Anita Deranleau, Chair of the Black Hills Regional Homeless Coalition.

"We have everyone over one roof to provide services for the whole veterans family," said Linda Kinzler, Healthcare for Homeless Veteran Coordinator.

Last year, 479 veterans in South Dakota were reported homeless.

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