SOURCE: GrandCentral

November 13, 2006 12:00 ET

GrandCentral's Project CARE Gives Free Local Phone Numbers and Personalized Voicemail to Homeless in Oakland

Program Expands Into Oakland With Project Homeless Connect

OAKLAND, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 13, 2006 -- GrandCentral Communications, Inc. (, a next-generation personal communications company, today announced the expansion of its Project CARE program into Oakland. For the first time, GrandCentral will be participating in Oakland's Project Homeless Connect, a semi-annual event that provides homeless services to the Oakland and Berkeley communities. As part of its expansion into Oakland, GrandCentral will be partnering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Alameda County.

GrandCentral launched Project CARE in San Francisco in April 2006. To date, the company has signed up more than 1,200 homeless clients with free local phone numbers and voice mailboxes. In this time, more than 21,000 voicemails have been received by those who previously had no means of communication. In June 2006, Pac-West Telecomm partnered with GrandCentral and has been instrumental in allowing GrandCentral to expand the Project CARE initiative to an even wider group of agencies in the Bay Area and beyond. There are currently more than 20 local partners currently working with Project CARE in San Francisco and Oakland, including long-term shelters, medical clinics, and homeless resource centers.

"We launched Project CARE about six months ago in San Francisco, and the response has been overwhelming. Our clients leave us messages daily, thanking us and telling us how much Project CARE has helped them stay connected to friends, loved ones, case managers, and doctors. It's been incredibly rewarding to see the effect it's had on people's lives," said Craig Walker, CEO of GrandCentral Communications. "We are thrilled that we can now bring Project CARE to Oakland."

Oakland's Project Homeless Connect is modeled after the groundbreaking event developed in San Francisco. It is a one-day resources fair that brings together a number of mainstream and homeless-specific services in a "one-stop shop" setting and reaches the hardest-to-serve members of the homeless population. This event represents a unique collaboration between City government, County government, and the non-profit communities and complements the countywide Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. For more information on this event, please call the City of Oakland, Department of Human Services, Hunger & Homeless Program at 510-986-2721.

About GrandCentral

GrandCentral Communications is a next-generation personal communications company. We provide consumers with One Number. . . for Life™ by integrating all existing phones, numbers, and voicemail boxes into one. We give subscribers unprecedented control over how incoming calls are managed through a simple web-based interface. A GrandCentral community initiative, Project CARE (Communications and Respect for Everybody) provides free local phone numbers and voicemail to those who need it. The company is privately held and based in Fremont, CA. To register for GrandCentral, log onto

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