Stand Down 2011 is for Chicago area homeless veterans who represent about 30% of the homeless in our city. The Chicago-area Vet Centers, VA Medical Centers and more than 30 public and private, federal/state and city agencies lead the Stand down effort.
The concept of Stand Down comes from the military practice of removing exhausted combat units from the field of combat to a place of relative safety where they can rest and recover. Standdown 2011 represents that safe haven for homeless veterans. The goals are to:
Provide a respite from the rigors of life on the street
Help Chicago homeless veterans obtain permanent housing
Assist attendees in establishing a source of income either through employment or
Stabilize participants’ health conditions
Stand Down survives through the labor of hundreds of volunteers and the donations of veteran’s service organizations and private businesses. If you are interested in donating for this event please call (708 ) 383-3225.