September 14, 2023
First United Methodist Church, West Parking Lot
190 E. Franklin Blvd.
Gastonia, NC 28052
Hope Fest 2023
Thursday, September 14, 2023
Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness?
Are you or someone you know experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness? Mark your calendar: on Thursday, September 14th, 2023, Hope Fest will convene health and public assistance agencies from all over Gaston County at First United Methodist Church on East Franklin Blvd, offering health, hope, and help to our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Agencies will be offering information about services and connecting people to the help they need on-site. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the public will have the opportunity to talk to government, faith-based, and nonprofit agencies on the spot.
What to Expect at Hope Fest
Hope Fest visitors will have access to help right away. Free laundry, showers, and lunch will be available while supplies last. Healthcare agencies including Gaston County Health and Human Services, Kintegra, HealthNet Gaston, and Partners Behavioral Health will be offering health screenings, testing, vaccinations, and scheduling appointments for follow-up physical health, mental health, and dental care. The faith and philanthropy communities are coming together to offer a “Free Store,” where visitors may choose needed essentials such as health and hygiene products.
Visitors will have the opportunity to connect with agencies who offer ongoing assistance, even after this one-time event is over. Agencies will offer eligibility screenings for Medicaid and food stamp/EBT enrollment. Volunteers will be on-site to advise visitors in securing identification, which is frequently required to access services. Agencies affiliated with the Gaston-Lincoln-Cleveland Continuum of Care will be available to offer referrals to other ongoing assistance. Visitors interested in education or job placement will be able to speak with representatives from Gaston College, Goodwill Industries, and the County’s Workforce Innovation and Opportunity program.
There will also be services and activities for children through Keep Gastonia Beautiful and the Gaston County Public Library. Pets are also invited to join Hope Fest.