Lake County Vet Connect Members Host Mobile Stand Down Outreach Event

Lake County Vet Connect members will host a quarterly mobile Stand Down, an outreach event for local veterans who are homeless or experiencing uncertain housing. The event will take place on Thursday, June 16, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Kelseyville Presbyterian Church located at 5340 Third Street in Kelseyville. Veterans must provide their ID cards or DD Forms 214.

The Stand Down offers immediate intervention support in the form of supplies and housing, employment services, and other community resource information. Lunch will be served by Vet Connect volunteers.

Resources will be offered covering a variety of topics including veterans’ services, MPIC VetWorks, housing, and homeless assistance, employment, safe medication disposal, emergency preparedness, Woodland Community College, behavioral health, substance abuse counseling services, employment assistance, child support assistance, respite care, and more.

“In the military, ‘Stand Down’ afforded battle-weary soldiers the opportunity to renew their spirits, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment,” says Vet Connect Chair Chris Taliaferro.

“Today, ‘Stand Down’ refers to grassroots, community-based intervention programs designed to help the nation’s homeless veterans ‘combat’ life on the streets. Homeless veterans are invited to a single location and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and start rebuilding their lives,” adds Taliaferro.

Vet Connect committee members are asking the public to spread the word regarding the event so that local homeless or near homeless veterans can be reached and may benefit from the support available.

For more information, contact Taliaferro at christopher.taliaferro@edd.ca.gov or Nikki Derr at (707) 234-9950. For updates, visit the Vet Connect Hookup Hub on Facebook.

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