Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold the third annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at O’Brien Field on Saturday, October 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Stand Down for Homeless Veterans is a community based intervention program designed to provide area homeless veterans with much needed resources to start them on a path to a better life. Goodwill, along with 68 other social service agencies, local businesses, and veterans’ services organizations, will provide homeless veterans with food, winter clothing, personal hygiene products, and an opportunity for a hot shower and a haircut. The veterans will also have opportunities to attend classes relating to maintaining sobriety, managing depression and stress, veterans’ benefits, money management, legal matters and child support. In addition to the classes, veterans will also have the opportunity to meet with representatives one on one to discuss these topics.
Homeless veterans will also have the chance to learn about the free programs Goodwill offers veterans looking to improve their lives through the power of work. “We are hoping that this will be more than just a one day event for these veterans. Our goal is to show our veterans that we appreciate them and that we have the programs in place for them to help get their lives back on track,” said Vicki Hightower, Veterans’ Services Manager for Goodwill.
This year, Goodwill expects to serve over 130 homeless veterans. Jim Lynch, Director of Development, said, “This event wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of many wonderful organizations throughout central Illinois. The outpouring of donations and the number of people who want to volunteer is truly inspiring. The Stand Down is a great example of how donating to Goodwill supports our veterans and helps them work to make their lives better.”