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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Stand Down 2015

Stand Down Against Homelessness

When: Friday, October 30, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Community Resource and Referral Center, 2424 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC (American Red Cross building)

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina and Palmetto Warrior Connection, is holding its 16th Annual Veteran Stand Down Against Homelessness. This free event will offer health screenings, flu vaccinations, clothing vouchers, food, haircuts, and job resources and legal counseling for hundreds of homeless Veterans in the greater Charleston area.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 7:45 a.m. Services will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Transportation to the Community Resource and Referral Center will be provided from One80 Place, Joseph Floyd Manor and Neighborhood House on October 30. Vans will begin pick-up at 7:00 a.m. and will return to each location by 4:00 p.m.

Tables are available for employers and community agencies. THERE IS NO CHARGE TO PARTICIPATE.

Employers wishing to participate should contact Manish Mazcyk at

If you or your organization is interested in volunteering for the event, please email with the names of the volunteer(s) and organization committing to:

  • Thursday, 10/29: Setup 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - only 20 volunteers needed; some heavy lifting required
  • Friday, 10/30: Event/teardown 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - 100 volunteers needed

Donation items needed:

  • White men's socks
  • White women's socks
  • Toe nail clippers
  • Picks and combs
Monetary donations are needed to purchase food for the event. Please email VA Voluntary Service ( for information about making donations.

Community agencies wishing to participate should contact Brian Johnson at (843) 577-5011, ext. 5603 or


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 Veterans each day.