On October 17th, LightHouse Social Service Centers had the privilege of participating in the First annual, Inland Empire Veterans STAND DOWN. President/CEO Karyn Young Lowe, along with Case Managers John Cole, Gwendolyn Criswell, and Camelia Smith were among the notable representatives operating the LHSSC booth. it is also worth noting that P.W. Enhancement’s Rochelle Lewis (executive director) and Mr. Mark Houck (outreach) were also present and played a integral role in providing services at the Stand Down, under the umbrella of the LightHouse’s SSVF program.
In summary, the Stand Down is an event that is held in cities all over the nation to provide food, clothing, services and referrals to homeless veterans. The name “Stand Down” comes from a term used in times of war. Exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 60,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets.
Ultimately, the event was oriented towards comprehensive services to homeless and at-risk veterans under one roof. Services included housing, employment, medical and dental care, clothing, hot meals, benefits, resources, haircuts and showers, and much more. LightHouse Social Service centers would like to extend gratitude to the event organizers, participants, volunteers, and the LightHouse staff, for making the event a success.