Stand Down 2018 Colorado Springs

Mark your calendar for October 16th - This year’s “Stand Down” (20th year) and Transitional Housing initiative (5th year) will take place on October 16th (Colorado Springs Auditorium) and continue for approximately five weeks with a Transitional Housing Program (THI) specifically designed to transition 10 Homeless Veteran Family units (28-31 individuals) with a focus on families with minor children from homelessness to suitable housing situations with a family together.

“Stand Downs” originated when exhausted combat units in Vietnam were removed from the battlefront to a safe place for respite.  Today, a “Stand Down” refers to a one day community-based intervention program right here in Colorado Springs designed to help Colorado Needy and Homeless Veterans whose battlefield is now a life on the streets.  "Stand Downs" are designed to provide multiple supportive outlets that assist Needy and Homeless Veterans such as  Veteran’s Service Organizations, homeless coalitions and VA services, local non-profits, and local government agencies who collaborate in a community effort to help solve the problem of Veteran homelessness.  In October 2017, the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition served 198 (196 in 2016, 243 in 2015, 154 in 2014, and 194 in 2013) Needy and Homeless Veterans in a one day event by providing both direct assistance and facilitating avenues of support.   This assistance and support included providing the Homeless Veteran with clothing (winter coats, jeans, boots, shoes and socks, underwear, gloves, sweatshirts, backpacks, and personal care items) and services such as shelter or housing referral, Veterans benefits counseling, Social Security benefits counseling, job search support, substance abuse services, a hot meal, haircuts, showers, flu shots, dental exams, foot exams, animal services, and assistance obtaining DD-214 military service discharge documents.  For the 2018 “Stand Down”, the EPCHVC projection is that 185 Homeless and Needy Veterans will be served on October 16th at the Colorado Springs Auditorium.

Participating  agencies include: Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, American Legion, Vets4Vets, Veterans Affairs Homeless Programs  (HUD/VA Supportive Housing and Health Care for Homeless Veterans), VA Medical Clinic, Vet Center, Aspen Pointe Peer Navigators for veterans, Catholic Charities, VA Compensated Work Therapy, Rocky Mountain Human Services Homes for All Veterans  (HAV), El Paso  County Department  of Human Services, VA  Substance  Abuse Program, Pikes Peak Workforce  Center, Point Man Ministries,  Public Health  Service, VA Regional Health Administration, Street Church, El Paso County Office of Veteran & Military Affairs,  Social  Security Administration, Springs Rescue Mission, Veterans Trauma Court, Colorado Veterans Resource Coalition/Crawford House, and many others. Civilians, active duty military personnel, veterans and formerly homeless veterans are among the volunteers.

For more information, please contact James Griffith This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 719-200-8223