Groups in Ottawa County are working to battle homelessness in the area on Thursday, Oct. 20.

Greater Ottawa County United Way is hosting Ottawa Connect: Linking to Opportunities and Basic Needs as a way for service providers to create connections between groups and better serve the community.

The event will take place at Holland Rescue Mission's Gateway Center on 24th Street from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Different agencies can learn about each other and develop closer relationships from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., people who are facing homelessness, or a potential housing crisis can seek out services from the groups at the event. Those services can include housing assessments, health care enrollment, dental and medical services, employment and education services, hair cuts, and family portraits.

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