The event will be held at Carver Park Recreation building instead of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. David Shields, a community employment specialist in the VA Homeless program, said the change made sense because the Carver building is on one level and easier for veterans seeking services to maneuver through the various booths.
Another change in the event is that the Appalachian Regional Coalition on Homelessness is the lead agency involved in organizing the Stand Down with assistance from Shields’ office, the Tri-Cities Military Affairs Council, Vietnam Veterans of America 979 and the American Job Center of Tennessee.
“This event will provide homeless veterans and veterans at risk of being homeless with information regarding: substance abuse counseling, employment and training, housing resources, legal resources, haircuts, food, refreshments, clothing and more,” Shields said. “There are anywhere from 150 to 180 veterans that come out. We don’t restrict it just homeless veterans ... we open it up to those who are precariously housed.”
He said bringing services together under one roof helps provide assistance more efficiently. The event also now includes a RAM clinic, he said.
For more information or to arrange for transportation, call 979-2871 or 557-2294.