In an effort to connect homeless veterans in Contra Costa County to the services they need to get back on their feet, Delta Veterans Group is hosting a four-day "Stand Down on the Delta 2015" event in Antioch this September.
"These men and women served their country and a lot of them want to serve their community as well, but their foundation needs to be supported," says Gerald (J.R.) Wilson, President of Delta Veterans Group. "We can do that through the four pillars of veterans' success and give them a pathway to serve their community."
The four pillars include: health, education, housing and employment. In partnership with government agencies and community-based organizations, participants will be provided with food, clothing, shelter, counseling, and resources that will connect them to education and workforce training opportunities.
"Through the Employment Development Department, the Veterans Employment Committee and other partners, we will provide intensive service to those who have significant barriers to employment - one of which is homelessness," said Brad Yoder, the program specialist for disabled veterans at EDD.
The health "triage" services will be provided by nursing students at Los Medanos College, which serves as an excellent work-based learning opportunity for the men and women in this program.
Sharon Goldfarb, R.N., M.S.N., the director of Los Medanos’ Nursing Program, is bringing the nursing students in to provide the "triage," which serves as an excellent work-based learning opportunity for the men and women in this program.
"We are excited for this opportunity for our students to learn and give back to the community and the veterans," she said. "We hope this is the start of a long partnership between the nursing students and the needs in the community.
While other East Bay communities have hosted successful Stand Down events in the past, this will be the first in Contra Costa County and organizers expect about 250 homeless vets to participate.
Although the event is still five months away, Delta Veterans Group is busy seeking volunteers (ages 16+) and donations to support the event, which is scheduled for Sept. 11-14. For more information, please contact (925) 222-7596.