Though certain minimum services must be available for homeless veteran participants during a Stand Down (e.g., benefits counseling and access, medical and mental health services, housing assistance referrals, linkages to employment and training programs), many include other services, such as Veteran Court, food, and personal hygiene supplies. Although these concrete services are critical, it is the comradery and shared mission displayed at Stand Down events that help strengthen the resolve to end veteran homelessness.
For Homeless Veterans: Here are some examples of forms Stand Down organizations have used to have veterans register in advance. This way they have a better idea of the potential number of attendees and their interests, needs, and contract information.
For Providers/Volunteers: There are also registration forms for service organizations to sign up to attend the event and have booth/table from which to offer services, goods, or information to veterans. Here are a few samples:
Following are websites for actual Stand Downs. These sites may spark your creativity and offer ideas for developing, organizing, promoting, and engaging your community in local Stand Downs. If you would like your Stand Down website featured here, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Following are some examples of flyers, posters, news stories, and more, which were developed by many organizers to get the word out about their Stand Down event. These can be used for inspiration and models as you create your own marketing and promotional materials. If you would like to share some of your Stand Down materials with other HVRP grantees, let us know at email@example.com!