Dear veterans and community,
On any given night, more than 39,000 veterans are homeless and only 62 percent of those are sheltered. In addition, an astounding 1.4 million veterans are on the verge of homelessness and 22 commit suicide each day. Those numbers are unacceptable. You may not see them sleeping in the streets, but they’re among us trying to make it on their own.
The Quincy Tri-State Homeless Veterans Stand Down is a new initiative that will provide support and resources to help end the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Veterans will be offered a hot meal, access to a shower, haircuts, free clothing, hygiene products, and winter supplies. They will have access to VA registration and services, housing and employment resources, medical and dental screenings, flu and Hepatitis A shots, mental health services, and substance abuse resources.
If you are a homeless or at risk of homelessness veteran or would like to help out, look us up on Facebook or contact Lisbeth Lefler at 217-720 5272. We are also looking for organizations willing to organize and provide transportation for veterans from the surrounding counties. Pre-registration for veterans (optional) and registration for volunteers and service providers is available online at EventBrite.com.
Please consider how you might help our veterans. If you are one, come and attend the Stand Down. And for all others, please help spread the word.
On behalf of the Quincy Tri-State Homeless Veterans Stand Down Committee,