Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center

Stand Down Against Homelessness 2013

14th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness

When: October 31 and November 1
Services will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 
Where: Armory Park
5000 Lackawanna Blvd., North Charleston, SC

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is holding its 14th Annual Stand Down Against Homelessness. The event will offer medical and dental screenings and assistance, clothing, food, haircuts, and job and legal counseling for hundreds of homeless persons in the greater Charleston area.
 
The Department of Veterans Affairs is the only Federal agency that provides substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless persons. With more than 154,000 homeless Veterans in the United States on any given night, that mission is considered essential for VA as they strive to eliminate homelessness amongst those who have served our nation. In Charleston, the VA has an active Homeless Veterans program that provides health care, shelter, case management, rehabilitation and employment assistance to more than 100.

  • VA Employees wishing to volunteer should contact Lyn Springer at lyn.springer@va.gov
  • Volunteers and donors please contact VA Voluntary Service at vhachavavs@va.gov (Please note that we need help setting up on October 30 from 7 a.m. to noon, and on each day of the event (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1) from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Assignments include assisting Veterans through service lines, serving food/cleanup, assisting community organizations, etc.)
  • Community Organizations and Employers participate in Stand Down!  Reserve your FREE table for the Stand Down Job and Community Services Fair.  Click here to download your registration form and send it to lyn.springer@va.gov.
     

Donations needed for Stand Down Against Homelessness for approximately 600 Veterans:
Monetary donations or sponsors to purchase food for breakfast and lunch
Sport socks - 90% male, 10% female
Briefs - 90% male, 10% female
Arm bands (will need red and blue)
Combs/picks
Reading glasses
Toe nail clippers

Through donations and financial support from GoodWill, we provide breakfast and lunch for approximately 2,000 attendees (Veterans, their families and volunteers) and 1,000 bottles of water. (Meals are simple - muffins and doughnuts for breakfast, hot dogs and chips for lunch, or similar.) If you or anyone you know might like to make this generous donation, or a large portion of part of a meal please contact Charleston VAMC Voluntary Service Chief, Fred Lesinski at vhachavavs@va.gov