How the Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces will Provide Comfort to Homeless Veterans
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The Florida Veterans Foundation and City of Miami are hosting a South Florida Homeless Veterans Stand Down. The South Florida Region Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces will be in attendance to offer our homeless and at-risk veterans a hand-up with information in addition to comfort kits. The comfort kits provided will include a rain poncho, hat, shirt, and personal hygienic items.
The event will take on a military atmosphere as tents and cots are set up for homeless veterans, who will live and sleep on the property through the weekend. Veterans who are living on the streets or who do not have permanent housing will get free access to showers, food, clothing, medical services, legal and mental health services, and job counseling. Most importantly the veterans will receive companionship and camaraderie. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 67,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets. This is a three-day event being held the weekend of May 1-3 at Robert King High Park 7025 West Flagler, Miami Fl.
Stand Down is a time for the community to connect with our homeless veterans and to begin to break down the barriers that are keeping these heroes on the streets. The “hand up, not a handout” philosophy of Stand Down requires the work of countless volunteers, businesses, and local, state and national organizations.
According to the Florida Veteran’s Foundation, “Stand Down” began in San Diego in 1988. Twenty-five years later, that organization has celebrated many successes, and was featured in 2010 on “60 Minutes.” There are now more than 200 Stand Downs throughout the country.