Thursday, October 9, 2014

15th Annual Stand Down for the Homeless

Annual event provides on-site assistance, services and resources to those in need

AUGUSTA, GA (PR) - For the 15th year, The Augusta – Richmond County Continuum of Care for the Homeless, a group of local housing and social service providers, in partnership with the local V.A., will present its Annual Homeless Stand Down the Salvation Army Center of Hope, located at 1384 Greene Street.

Attendee registration opens on Friday, October 17th at 8:00 A.M. and continues throughout the event lasting until 2:00 P.M.

Onsite dental, medical, vision, legal & counseling services will be available as well as referrals for accommodations (sleeping quarters, showers, laundry facilities, food, personal grooming/wellness), as well as transportation to and from the site.

This year’s opening ceremony takes place on Friday, October 17th at 8:00 A.M. and features a number of musical performances from local military-oriented groups. Numerous dignitaries representing the City of Augusta – Richmond County and various other local leaders from both the public and private sectors will also be in attendance. The general public is welcome to attend the Opening Ceremony or visit the Stand Down to volunteer. For volunteer opportunities, please contact Susan Meehan at the Salvation Army (706-434-3181 or

Unique in its ability to not turn anyone away based on criteria such as area of residence, gender, or Veteran Status, the 2013 Stand Down attracted close to 320 residents, including Veterans and civilians ranging from 19 to 82 years old.

Working to combat Veteran Homelessness by utilizing leveraged resources and innovative evidenced-based practices, The Homeless Stand Down is made possible through personal and organizational donations and sponsorships, as well as government grants. Helping make this event possible is a long list of valued partners.

In addition to the event host, The Salvation Army Augusta Area Command, key partners include the Augusta Housing and Community Development Department, the local Department of Veterans Affairs, Augusta Warrior Project, State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia Dept. of Labor, iHeart Radio (EAGLE 102.3) and the many community partners that operate in and make up the Augusta – Richmond County Continuum of Care for the Homeless.

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