Oct 11, 2010 7:05 PM by Greg Boyce
Homeless veterans will receive basic car at a Stand Down event on October 14 at City Auditorium.
Stand Down events are held across the country, generally close to Veterans Day.
The El Paso Homeless Veteran Coalition is a community-based intervention program that has set up a variety of services for this event on Thursday. Employment Specialists from the Pikes Peak Workforce Center will be there to assist those interested in moving toward self-sufficiency.
A wide variety of information and assistance will be provided to help homeless veterans in their struggle on the streets and, wherever possible, helping them transition from the streets and shelters back into their communities. "We will provide attendees with pneumonia shots and a variety of basic services," Edon says. "That includes food, clothing, dental services, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referral and, most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. It's a link to survival for individuals who are on the streets, often unaware of the help available to them."
Transportation to the City Auditorium will be provided from the Salvation Army Shelter, V.A. Out Patient Clinic, and America the Beautiful Park. Vets who are able to do so should pre-register with David at the V.A. Clinic, 25 N. Spruce Street in Colorado Springs, 667-5586.
According to the El Paso Homeless Veterans Coalition, an estimated 500 veterans are living on the streets in the Colorado Springs area.They will be offered a hot shower and meal, clothing (winter coat, work boots, jeans, and underwear), hair cuts, oral cancer screenings, flu shots and will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from several organizations that can offer assistance to veterans.