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Formerly Homeless Man Gives Back at this Year’s Project Community Connect

Formerly Homeless Man Gives Back at this Year’s Project Community Connect
 
(Shakopee, MN , August 24, 2018)— On September 12th, one man’s journey out of homelessness will come full circle.  Pete Harmon will be attending Scott-Carver Project Community Connect (PCC), not as a client, but as chiropractor working to help those in need overcome pain.
 
Every year, Scott Carver Dakota CAP Agency, in partnership with Scott and Carver counties, hosts the annual Project Community Connect event.  This community event offers a one-stop location for direct services to residents of Scott and Carver Counties who are “living on little,” those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.  Resources available at the event include housing, employment services, food assistance, early education, mental health, legal services, dental exams, cancer screenings, haircuts, chemical dependency assistance.  2018’s Project Community Connect event will take place on September 12th from 10am-6pm at Canterbury Park Expo Center in Shakopee, MN.
 
In 1999, Peter Harmon was the drummer for American Head Charge, had a record contract, and was living in LA.  But by the end of that year, he had moved to Minnesota looking for a new start.  “The music didn’t work out per se, and then I came back to Minnesota and I’m like, well what can I do?  And I’m thinking of all these different things – clean slate, start over,” recalls Pete.  Pete worked a series of temporary jobs before becoming unemployed.  Without employment, his money ran out and he became homeless, living out of his car.  Pete, unlike many facing homelessness, had the emotional support of his family to help him through this difficult time. “Even though they couldn’t help me out financially they were there for me emotionally.  That helped me through and the words of wisdom from my parents made me pick up and move forward,” he says.  When asked what the most difficult part of being homeless was for him, Pete says that “the hardest thing was probably combatting the anxiety and depression. The worry, the fear…like what am I going to do, what kind of job am I going to have, how much money am I going to get, you know.”  With the support of his family and community resources including food support and county health insurance assistance, Pete was able to keep moving forward and persevere until he was able to find a new job.
 
Since that difficult time, Pete has made a life for himself in Savage, Minnesota.  He is married and has three young daughters.  He recently changed his career path, becoming a chiropractor five years ago.  Having seen first-hand the difference that chiropractic care can make, Pete chose to take on this new challenge.  “What I like, as a chiropractor, is not only can I make [patients] feel better physically, but [if the patient] brings up stuff I like to talk to them about it and coach them through.  There’s a ton of services that doctors and chiropractors can point [patients] to and get them help. I love that part of my job,” says Pete.
 
At Project Community Connect, Pete will be offering free chiropractic treatments as one of more than 70 direct service providers at the event. “I’m very thankful for places like [PCC.]  I’ve had to use them before, it’s a plethora of information and help.”  For many guests as PCC, pain or disability can be a factor in unemployment.  Pete hopes to help those guests be free from pain and “live life on better terms.” Pete hopes to continue offering free or reduced cost services to those in need in the community after PCC is over.  He can be reached at drpeterharmon@gmail.com.  He wants anyone struggling to know that “from homelessness, emotional instability…you can get the help that you need and still live [your] life.” He hopes that by giving back to the community, others will see what is possible and find the hope they need. 
 
For more information on this year’s PCC event, volunteering, or to donate, go to www.scottcarverpcc.org.  
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