Thursday, November 5, 2009

 

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Denver Regional Office is hosting a Homeless Stand Down at the National Guard Armory, 5275 Franklin St., Denver, on Thursday, November 5, 2009, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Over 460 homeless veterans were served last year.

    Stand Down is a military term that means a temporary stop of offensive military action.  Homeless Stand

Downs are designed to transform the despair and immobility of homelessness into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health services and benefits, to reconnect with the community and acquire housing.

    Services and providers will include federal, state and non-profit organizations including the VA Medical Center, Denver VA Regional Office (benefits), VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Veteran Service Organizations, the Social Security Administration, housing referrals, and legal services.  Veterans will be offered clothing items, sleeping bags, boots, free flu shots, hearing aide repair, dental screening, haircuts and eyeglass repair.  Two hot meals will be served thanks to Moose Hill Cantina and Warren Technical School of Culinary Arts. The Denver Sheriff’s Department is also donating the time of five Sheriffs, Verizon is donating phone lines, and the National Guard Armory is donating its space for the event.

    Buses will be running from the St. Francis Day Shelter, the Samaritan House, and the Denver VA Medical Center to the National Guard Armory.