Homeless Stand Down
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Polk County Veteran Affairs prepares for Homeless
Stand-Down set for September 15 – 17.
DES MOINES, Iowa – September 5 —Polk County Veteran Affairs will be participating in the Homeless Stand-Down that will take place the weekend of September 15 at the Old Des Moines General Hospital at East 12th & Des Moines streets and is open to all homeless or anyone at-risk of being homeless. Sleeping tents for men and women will be provided throughout the weekend as well as other essential services being provided by Polk County Veteran Affairs, Veterans Administration Medical Center, the Homeless Veteran Stand-Down Committee, Veterans Benefits Administration, State of Iowa, United Way, local churches and service organizations. The event will be open to homeless individuals and those at risk of becoming homeless Friday, September 15, 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday, September 16, 8:00am-8:00pm; and Sunday, September 17, 8:00am-12:00pm.
“The Homeless Stand-Down is an important event for our community. It provides a way for us to bring to the forefront the issues of homelessness while providing needed services to those who are homeless or are at-risk of becoming homeless,” stated Polk County Veteran Affairs Board Chair Tim Krum.
Services will include: flu shots for eligible Veterans; free haircuts; assistance in filing compensation or pension claims; health assessments from VA Medical and Primary Health Care; housing and shelter assistance from Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS); legal consultations with Drake Law Center; dental services from the Smile Squad; and assistance with employment needs.
Polk County Veteran Affairs will assist Polk County Veterans who are budget eligible for financial assistance for food or shelter needs. ”The event has been wildly successful because of the generous donations from community members and the many service organizations that participate,” stated Mr. Krum. He added, “we want this to be a fun event where people can get hot meals, enjoy live entertainment and BINGO and most importantly provide a safe environment for individuals who are at risk of homelessness to make meaningful connections with the many service organizations in our community who can help them.”
Free transportation to and from the stand-down will be available beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday and during operational hours. Transportation is available for adults only in metro Des Moines. Call 515-326-4696 to arrange transportation. For additional information go to https://www.facebook.com/VaCentralIowaHomelessVeteransStandDown?ref=br_tf#!/VaCentralIowaHomelessVeteransStandDown/