Stand Down in San Diego: Weekend event to help homeless veterans begins

Posted at 5:05 AM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 08:50:26-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than 800 homeless veterans and their families are expected to participate in the 31st annual Stand Down intervention beginning Friday.

Sponsored by Veterans Village of San Diego and supported by California Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins, the three-day event at San Diego High School (1405 Park Blvd.) provides a variety of supplies and services, including food, shelter, clothing, hygiene care, health screenings, VA benefits counseling, employment guidance, substance use treatment and mental health counseling.

Stand Down starts at 6 a.m. Friday and will conclude Sunday at 4 p.m.

"For our veterans who have lost everything and are living on the streets of San Diego, this year's Stand Down, coordinated by VVSD, will once again provide an opportunity for them to access services, connect with the community, restore hope and allow them to 'Stand Down' for a weekend," said Veterans Village President and CEO Kimberly Mitchell.

Veterans are also provided access to housing acquisition services. Ultimately, many participants are inducted into Veterans Village's Veterans Rehabilitation Center, a residential program for homeless veterans battling alcoholism, drug addiction and emotional trauma.

"Stand Down is a place of miracles, if you believe in such; a place where a veteran suddenly thrust into homelessness can find an immediate solution and the same place where a chronically homeless person for more than 15 years can find a transitional place of recovery, treatment, education and training," said Darcy Pavich, Veterans Village chaplain and Stand Down director.