You know those days when you are working hard outside in Minnesota and it is just cold and wet?  A few years ago, I was setting up for a huge event at Soldier's Field in Rochester on a day like that and unfortunately, the volunteers I had lined up didn't show up.  So, it was just me, struggling to do it all until a man in the park started walking towards me.

A Stranger Who Saved The Day in Rochester, Minnesota

Jessica Williams and Bob
Jessica Williams and Bob

I was on a mission to get everything set up for this event and didn't even realize right away that a guy was walking towards me.  I'm not sure if my struggle was super obvious but this stranger offered to help and I wasn't going to say "no".

For hours, this stranger named Bob fought the cold with me as we set up a fundraising event for cancer survivors in our community.  We had a lot of time to talk as we were tying balloons and ribbons in various spots and during our chat, I learned that Bob was homeless.

For hours, Bob helped me with a smile and when I asked him to take a selfie with me, he had no idea why anyone would want a picture with him.  (he even apologized that I was downwind from him...but I didn't care). 

Bob was just as cold as I was that day and probably more since he spent his night on the bench right next to the park.  I asked him where he was going and he said,

"I'm going to a place so I can warm up for a few hours.  I go here pretty much every day.  It is one of the few places where I can walk in and get out of the cold."


Project Community Connect Offering Free Services in Rochester, Minnesota To Those In Need

The past few years have challenged many of us financially and our community members are struggling.  We are experiencing shortages of various items, prices of groceries have increased, and other expenses are going up as well.  Many families and individuals are struggling right now to make ends meet and if that is you, or you know someone who needs help, please let them know about the free event called Project Community Connect.

Everything You Need to Know about Project Community Connect

  • When:  Friday, January 27th, 2023
  • Time:  10am until 2pm
  • Where:  John Marshall High School
  • FREE Transportation:  Free city bus ride on Routes 3 and 3D to/from John Marshall High School.  Just let the driver know you are going to Project Community Connect.
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The services and resources available at Project Community Connect are:

  • FREE lunch,
  • FREE haircuts,
  • Medical services,
  • Flu shots & immunizations,
  • FREE HIV testing,
  • MNsure Certified Navigators,
  • Legal services,
  • Education resources
  • Employment assistance,
  • Services for Veterans,
  • Photo ID’s,
  • Tax appointment information,
  • Shoe Bus,
  • Interpreters
  • and more!
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