Looking for a way to give to your community? Want to understand how the various homelessness and veteran service agencies are working together as part of the 10-year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness? Then there’s a great opportunity for you next Thursday.
Community Invited to Support, Volunteer and Donate for Project Connect and VA Stand Down
The Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Initiative and the Department of Veterans Affairs will sponsor the annual Project Connect and VA Stand Down events on Thursday, September 22. Both events strive to bring the community together by providing tools and support services to individuals and families who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless.
September 22, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 5 Oak Street, Asheville
Project Connect is seeking wide community involvement and asking for people to donate their time by volunteering at the event. Services that are especially needed include providing hair cuts at the event, providing medical services (health screenings and foot-care), and providing pet care and grooming. ...
People can also donate “Socks & Sundries” by dropping socks, winter hats and gloves, razors, toothpaste, soap, lip balm, and lotion off at the following locations:
· Asheville Fire Department Station 1, Court Plaza (Staff may intermittently be away on emergency calls)
· Firestorm Cafe & Books, Commerce Street
· Pack Library, Haywood Street
· City Hall, Court Plaza
VA Stand Down
September 22, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Avenue, Asheville
The VA Stand Down is a one-day event coordinated by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for Veterans who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless....
Veterans will have the opportunity to speak with VHA and community agencies to receive information on housing, employment, mental health, education and benefits. Other services that will be offered include breakfast, haircuts, showers, medical screenings, and the distribution of supplies. Last year over 150 veterans were served at the Stand Down.
Photos of last year's Stand Down, by Jerry Nelson, can be viewed on Nelson's blogsite: http://www.journeyamerica.org/Events/Stand-Down/13709239_TjG5K#1002010370_JAHjJRead the full article