We invite over 50 local service providers and community stakeholders to our event to reduce the burden of a veteran trying to access this volume of services while also managing life while without stable housing.
We hope to inspire a community-wide effort to reduce the stigma of homelessness and and help our veterans feel welcome back home in their communities as they find their footing.
We talk to our participants and volunteers each year to continuing improving the items we purchase and collect to ensure maximum collective impact for the veterans receiving them.
We seek to continue the service of Wayne D. Horner continuing his legacy of no veteran left behind. Whether our volunteers are serving a meal, guiding a veteran through the event, or simply exchanging a smile - we hope to make a difference.
HOW IT WORKS
WHAT TO EXPECT AT A STAND DOWN
Veterans seeking support from Stand Down – Madison can expect to be treated with dignity, respect, and kindness. We are a one-of-a-kind stand-down that pairs our participants with a peer from the community to experience the day together and help promote connectedness.
Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by our registration volunteers that will gather some basic information and orient you to the Stand Down event.
BROWSE SERVICE PROVIDERS
We have all the area resource providers in one room on the same day to reduce the burden of attempting to get this level of support over a longer period of time.
MEET YOUR BUDDY
You will be paired up with a volunteer that is eager to help guide you through the event and get to know more of your story. This is a very unique part of our Stand Down and we want to promote connectedness.
GET A HAIRCUT
A Stand Down staple is the haircut station where several local barbers and stylists have offered their services without charge.
ENJOY A MEAL
Whenever you are hungry, please feel free to sit down for a meal and relax. Eat as much as you would like and converse with other veterans and volunteers that find meaning in the day.
Feel free to lean back and soak up the atmosphere of the event. We want you to stand down for the day and know we have you covered.