Norfolk nonprofit providing free resources to those in need during their annual festival

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A Norfolk nonprofit will connect displaced and homeless community members with free resources at a festival on Saturday.

Revive Community of Virginia is hosting its annual summer homies festival in collaboration with calvary revival church. The event works to provide a wide range of free and essential services to address the needs of at-risk communities. 

The Summer Homies Festival is taking place on Saturday at the Calvary Revival Church on Poplar Hall Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is free, just make sure to bring your “homies.”

The organization is prepared to serve 1,000 individuals during the program. Its resources support physical, mental and emotional well-being through collaboration, access and care, according to a news release. 

Some of the services include haircuts, manicures, showers, vision screenings, facials, clothing giveaways and more. 

Summer Homies also created a free, healthy grocery shopping experience to combat food insecurity and support nutrition for those in need. The market is full of produce, proteins and non-perishable items. 

Guests also have a chance to learn how to prepare some of those groceries. 

There are in-person cooking lessons and workshops at the festival to help teach families how to make healthy and lasting meals. 

The festival also offers free and affordable healthcare services. Physical exams include blood pressure and blood sugar tests, as well as dental cleanings. There are mental health checks and resources, too. 

There is free transportation to help people in need access the festival of resources. 

The partnership between Revive Community of Virginia, Calvary Revival Church and its local community partners, known as the Homies, aims to highlight the power of working together to help vulnerable populations. 

Those interested in donating or learning more about the organization can get involved on their website.

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