2017 NORTH FLORIDA HOMELESS AND AT-RISK VETERANS STAND DOWN

APRIL 21-22, 2017

NORTH FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS

 

Today, the number of homeless veterans has decreased significantly. In addition to the complex set of factors affecting all homeless individuals (job layoffs, substance abuse, shortage of affordable housing and lack of health care) our homeless and at-risk Veterans often live with the effects of combat related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as other challenges. These hardships, often compounded by a loss of family and social support networks, make the issue of homelessness a difficult social challenge.

In order to help combat the issue of homeless Veterans, the Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc. is holding its 5th Annual North Florida Homeless Veterans Stand Down. On April 21-22, 2017, the North Florida Fairgrounds will take on a military atmosphere as areas are set up for homeless and at-risk Veterans, who will receive much needed services and support.

Every dollar you donate or hour you Volunteer will go towards helping homeless or at-risk Veterans at the Stand Down. Click on the buttons for Volunteers and Donations to help a homeless Veteran. YOU can make a difference for a homeless or at risk Veteran who joined the military and served our Nation.  Thank you for your support.


Register to Attend

Homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families will be qualified appropriately by the Veterans Affairs (VA) for free access. Veteran status must be verified by the VA, by presenting a VA Card or DD-214 with government issued photo ID. If not pre-registered with the VA, you must register and be certified by the VA as being homeless in order to be eligible for benefits the day(s) of the event. It is recommended that homeless veterans pre-register to expedite processing on the day they arrive at the Stand Down.

 

For more information about applying, contact:

Denna Green-Corbett
VA Healthcare for Homeless Veterans
Email: denna.green-corbett@va.gov
Office: 850-521-5767 ext. 1217
Cell: 352-339-5593

Donna Barron
Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc.
The Capitol, Suite 2107
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Office: 850-488-4181
Fax: 850-488-4001
Email: barrond@fdva.state.fl.us

 

On-line registration is now closed.  You may register as a walk-in at the event. 

 


Donations

The Florida Veterans Foundations welcome donations for veterans.

If you have items that you wish to donate, please contact us at (850) 488-4181

Thank you in advance for your interest and items to be donated.


Volunteer & Vendor Registration

 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the North Florida Homeless Veteran Stand Down. We need volunteers before, during and after the Stand Down.

Volunteer opportunity areas are:

  • Food service
  • Volunteer registration
  • Vendor registration
  • Personal item coordinators and distribution
  • Veteran partners/escorts
  • Command post workers and individuals who are willing to do whatever is required to keeping the Stand Down operating properly.

 

To volunteer, or to become a vendor, please contact Donna Barron:

Donna Barron
Florida Veterans Foundation, Inc.
The Capitol, Suite 2107
400 S. Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Office: 850-488-4181
Fax: 850-488-4001
Email: barrond@fdva.state.fl.us, info@floridaveteransfoundation.org

 

Items To Consider Bringing:

  • Cell phone
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • folding chair
  • comfortable shoes.

 

Parking

Enter the North Florida Fairgrounds at the second Tram Road entrance from South Monroe Street.

Volunteers will direct you where to park.

 

Arrival & Volunteer Job Assignments

Follow signs to Stand Down entrance and proceed to the Volunteer Tent.

When you sign in, you will receive a name tag and an assignment.

Volunteers will help with registration, escort veterans, assist with food service, and run the site.

People are needed pre-Stand Down and post-Stand Down to help with the site set-up and clean-up.

 

On-line registration is now closed.