Homeless Veterans Ventura County Stand Down

Category: Events
Created on Thursday, June 26 2014
Written by Veterans Enterprise

Ventura County Stand Down 2014For the homeless veteran in Ventura County and elsewhere, life on the streets is debilitating at best. Suffering from lack of shelter, unemployment, physical and emotional disabilities, and lack of food, the homeless veteran often feels completely isolated from mainstream society and unable to break out of the self-perpetuating cycle of homelessness. The Stand Down Event seeks to change all that.

For those who do seek assistance, many are unable to access the help they need because the services required are spread out over a wide geographic area. This means homeless veterans must exert undue time and energy going from one agency to another. Frustration often results. Imagine how the veteran feels knowing he has given so much for his country and yet finds himself scraping for food.

In assisting our veterans who are homeless we realize that sometimes it takes just one small service for them to break out of the cycle of homelessness, such as needing a photo identification card, a bus token, a pair of shoes to start a new job, or not having any funds to pay for their fines that compounds into a bench warrant. Ventura County Stand Down allows access to a wide range of services over a short period of time. These services included medical attention, legal representation, employment counseling, mental health services, financial counseling, access to the court to assist with misdemeanor warrants, food and clothing, etc.

What: HOMELESS VETERANS VENTURA COUNTY STAND DOWN

Where: CA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY – 1270 Arundell – Ventura 93003

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday July 25, 26 & 27, 2014

Website: www.vcstanddown.org

Cost: FREE

Features:

Cell Phones OK!

For more information, call (805) 987-3118

For transportation, contact Carl Lanterman @ 805-630-8110

PRE-REGISTRATION ENCOURAGED (NOT REQUIRED)

VETERANS MAY PRE-REGISTER AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

OXNARD

PORT HUENEME

SIMI VALLEY

THOUSAND OAKS

VENTURA

SANTA BARBARA

What to Expect

Each veteran, upon arriving at the gate, is registered and credentialed by one of the staff volunteers and assigned to a tent, group, and group leader. His/her personal belongings were stored in a secure storage area.

Color-coded identification wristbands are handed out to all participants identifying volunteers, veterans, guests, Stand Down Executive Staff, and VIPs.

Pursuant to being assigned to a tent, the veteran was then allowed to begin accessing the various services. If the veteran had any immediate legal or medical problems, they are directed to those providers first. Clothes, showers, haircuts are also the order of the day for many of the early arrivals.

By the end of the second day, many veterans have already begun making a tremendous transformation in their appearance and mental outlook. The community spirit and sense of camaraderie created during Stand Down helps the homeless veteran immensely.

In addition to providers offering benefit counseling, job referrals, medical or legal help, volunteers also conduct workshops on AIDS, PTSD, agent range, VA medical benefits, etc.

During the three days, eight substantive meals are provided offering a wide range of foods. The Salvation Army in Ventura provides refreshments and snacks between meals.

Entertainment and recreational activities are also available. Live entertainment is provided during the day, encompassing many talented musicians, comedians, and signers from the local area.

Transportation

Free transportation to ventura county stand down 2014 on friday, july 25, 2014

On sunday, july 27, at noon, free transportation will be provided from the ventura armory to all of the below locations - Everyone will be returned to their original pick up location

Approximate pick up times for all locations will be as noted.

For transportation information, please contact Carl Lanterman (805) 630-8110

SANTA BARBARA

OXNARD

PORT HUENEME

VENTURA

SIMI VALLEY

THOUSAND OAKS

SEPULVEDA