Stand Down 2019 - Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
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Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center


Stand Down 2019

Stand Down Against Homelessness

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, in partnership with Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina and Palmetto Warrior Connection, is holding its 20th Annual Veteran Stand Down Against Homelessness. Veterans attending this free event will be able to get health screenings, flu vaccinations, HIV testing clothing vouchers, food, haircuts, legal counseling, job resources AND MORE!

When: Friday, October 18, 2019, 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 Opening Ceremony begins at 8:00 a.m. and services will be offered from 8:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m.

Transportation to the Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) will be provided from One80 Place, Vet Villas, Patriot Villa, Millstone and Neighborhood House on Oct. 18., beginning at 7:00 a.m. Vans will return to each location by 3:00 p.m.

Interested in participating?

If you are a community agency to participate in this year's Stand Down event, please contact VA's Stand Down coordinator Meg Boyle at (843) 789-7765 or Email.

Employers wishing to participate should contact Nancy Griffith ( or Mike Miller ( of Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina.

Note: THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR COMMUNITY AGENCIES AND EMPLOYERS TO PARTICIPATE. Tables will be available for employers and community agencies.

    Volunteering & Donations

    To volunteer for the event, please email VA Voluntary Service at or call 843-789-7230. 

    Donation items needed:
    • Shampoo (full-sized)
    • Conditioner (full-sized)
    • Body wash (full-sized)
    • Toothpaste (full-sized)
    • Toothbrush (full-sized)
    • Deodorant (full-sized)
    • Lotion (full-sized)
    • Shaving cream (full-sized)
    • Washcloths
    • Towels
    • Backpacks

    Monetary donations are appreciated to purchase food for the event. Please email VA Voluntary Service for information about making monetary donations.  

    The Charleston Stand Down flyer is available for download HERE.

    Stay up to date on the upcoming Charleston Stand Down by checking out the event Facebook page.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is the only Federal agency that provides substantial hands-on assistance directly to homeless persons. With more than 47,000 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.