Updated March 26, 12:12 p.m.–
In a collaborative effort to assist homeless and struggling veterans in the Citrus Heights area, the local Homeless Assistance Resource Team (HART) along with American Legion Post 637 will host a daylong “Stand Down” event on March 30.
“Our focus is to bring together and make available as many services as possible,” HART Chairwoman Kathilynn Carpenter said in a news release. She said services offered to veterans would include housing assistance, employment, medical, legal, and food.
The Wednesday event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Holy Family Church on Old Auburn Road, promising “a safe retreat for veterans to rest and tap into much needed services.” Organizers expect over 150 veterans to attend.
Various Stand Down events for veterans are held across the country, and are based off stand-downs used during the Vietnam War to provide safe retreats for those returning from combat.
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HART is a local nonprofit formed in 2014, with a mission to implement long-term solutions to homelessness through public-private partnerships. True to its mission, HART’s stand down event has garnered the support of more than a dozen private and public agencies, with sponsors including the City of Citrus Heights, Sunrise Marketplace, and the Citrus Heights Police Department.
An event flier also invites community members to help by donating clothing, pet food, drinks, and food, as well personal care items like tooth brushes and deodorant. The flier additionally lists a need for dental and veterinary services to be provided at the event, and an “adopt a meal” option for breakfast or lunch is listed for $100 to $125.
Those wishing to donate or serve are invited to contact Event Chair Katherine Cooley, at Kcooley@citrusheights.net, or by phone at (916) 727-4952.
See event flier: StandDown.pdf