Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services and support to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are events used to provide direct access to services and comfort items for homeless Veterans. Offerings will include food, information on shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless.
Stand Down 2013
Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Inc.
in partnership with the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Inc.
10 Reed Street, Haverhill, Ma 01832
What is a Stand Down?
In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. In the military, Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being. Today’s Stand Down affords the same opportunity to homeless veterans.
What happens at a Stand Down?
Hundreds of homeless veterans are provided with a broad range of necessities including food, clothing, medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. The hand up -- not a handout -- philosophy of Stand Down is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the nation.
(Excerpts taken from National Coalition for homeless Veterans Stand Down guide 2011 at nchv.org)
For event and transportation information contact: Bruce Campbell at 978-372-3626
Bedford VA Bus Pick-up Route for September 19th:
8:45am Bedford VA in front of building 78
9:15am VCCC Lowell 9:30am Pine Brook Haverhill (maintenance shed behind building 29)
9:45am drop-off VNOC
Please contact Bruce Campbell at 978-372-3626 or Chris Dollard at 781-687-2733 if you are not able to get to one of these pick-up points and still need transportation to the event.
To get involved or learn more about this annual event contact Christopher Dollard at 781-687-2733 or Christopher.Dollard@va.gov or Bruce Campbell at 978-372-3626.