Goodwill of Central Illinois will hold its fourth annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans at O’Brien Field on Saturday, October 13 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. Goodwill, along with 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. Veterans will also have opportunities to attend classes relating to maintaining sobriety, managing depression, veterans’ benefits, money management, legal matters, women’s resources and PTSD.
Goodwill offers many free programs for veterans, ranging from computer classes and assistance finding a job to forklift operation certification. “We want our veterans to know that we appreciate them and that many free programs and services are available to them,” said Vicki Hightower, Goodwill Veterans’ Services Manager.
Goodwill expects to serve more than 130 homeless veterans from throughout central Illinois during this year’s Stand Down.
Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois provides job training, career and vocational services to individuals who face barriers to employment. Revenues from the sale of gently-used items support the Vocational Services programs of Goodwill. For further information on retail stores, donation centers and vocational services, visit the website at www.goodwillpeo.org or call the Administrative Offices at (309) 682-1113.