CHARLOTTE MI, April 17, 2017 – Housing Services Mid Michigan is planning its’ first Stand Down for homeless Veterans. The event will take place on June 16th from 9AM to 1PM, hosted by the American Legion on Lawrence St. in Charlotte. Stand Down events are encouraged by the VA for all Veterans to learn about what services are available to them. The event will feature many agencies from around mid-Michigan that provide services ranging from housing to employment, education, healthcare and more.
“Stand Downs are events designed to connect Veterans with Veterans and learn about services that are available to them. Veterans can network to learn about jobs, education, healthcare and other services” said Denise Dunn Director of Housing Services Mid Michigan. HSMM is working with the VA in the planning process. The VA will be providing surplus gear for Veterans at the Stand Down. Free coffee, donuts and lunch will be provided during the event.
The original Stand Down for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being.
Housing Services Mid Michigan is a 501(3) organization dedicated to serving the homeless with programs that reach into Barry, Clinton and Eaton counties. Because of the generosity of our community, our agency was able to assist 1849 individuals, including 1110 adults with 782 children in 2015. To resolve these housing crises, the agency dispersed over $880,000 in direct financial assistance. As a non-profit, donations may be tax deductable.