08.23-24.13 Dorchester, MA – Stand Down

Massachusetts Stand Down

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MASSACHUSETTS STAND DOWN
August 23 – 24, 2013
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides FREE SERVICES to homeless veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.

Registration Hours: Friday August 23th 8a-4p and Saturday August 24th 8a-12p

Free Services at Stand Down 2013 Include:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • VA Boston Healthcare Registration
  • Medical Services
  • Eye Glasses
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Housing Services
  • Oral Health and Dental Screening
  • Employment Services
  • Legal Assistance
  •  Haircuts
  • Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI)
  • RMV – Mass. ID Cards and License Renewals
  • Mass Health
  • Social Work Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Foot Care

*This is a partial list of services provided

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Volunteers of America Massachusetts continues to provide critical services to homeless veterans while expanding the reach to veterans who are also at-risk and in need of help.

For more information contact:
Volunteers of America Massachusetts at (617) 522-8086

Upcoming Stand Downs (US)

Stand Downs

Stand Downs are just one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless Veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events providing services to homeless Veterans such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services, such as health care, housing, employment, and substance use treatment. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, and community agencies serving the homeless.

Date # of Days Location Contact Phone Number
June 7, 2013 1 Tampa, FL Harry McCurdy 813-610-5879
June 8, 2013 1 Amarillo, TX Michael T. Serpa 806-355-9703
June 13-14, 2013 2 Kalispell, ID Sean O’Neil 918-734-0739
June 14, 2013 1 Tucson, AZ Mark Jensen 520-792-1450 ext. 5559
June 14-15, 2013 2 Klamath Falls, OR Tammi Deforrest 701-616-5368
June 15, 2013 1 Sand Point, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
June 15, 2013 1 Bozeman, MT James Korth 406-582-9224
June 21-22, 2013 1 Chicago, IL Jeanne Douglas 708-383-3225
June 27, 2013 1 Coer d’ Alene, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
June, 2013 1 Shawnee, OK Mary Culley 405-456-3876
July 19, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Omar Varise 937-268-6511 ext. 7589
July 19, 2013 1 Long Beach, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
July 27, 2013 1 Atlanta, GA Tammy James 404-321-6111 ext. 7436
July 27, 2013 1 Coer d’ Alene, ID John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
August 6-7, 2013 2 Minneapolis, MN Jonelle Glubke 612-313-3246
August 14, 2013 1 Vancouver, WA Joseph Fettig 503-819-8055
August 16, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Omar Varise 937-268-6511 ext. 7589
August 22, 2013 1 Memphis, TN Ovul Ince 901-523-8990
August 22-24, 2013 3 Marysville, CA Deborah Bruner 530-921-0765
August 23-24, 2013 2 Dorchester, MA Rebecca Faherty 617-839-5307
August 24, 2013 1 Jacksonville, FL D. Raul Patton 904-396-8755
August 2013 1 Browning, MT Kathy Momberg 406-338-2111
September 1-3, 2013 3 Nashville, TN Dan Helm 615-873-6037
September 6, 2013 1 Helena, MT Terry Stephens 406-447-6045
September 10, 2013 1 Akron, OH David Effron 330-724-7715
September 12, 2013 1 Asheville, NC Allison Bond 828-298-7911 ext. 5506
September 12-15, 2013 3 Des Moines, IA Kimberly Neal 515-699-5999 ext. 4036
September 13, 2013 1 Houston, TX Jeri Gates 281-808-1175
September 14, 2013 1 Poplar, MT Dan Hutchinson 406-653-6326
September 14, 2013 1 Hamilton, MT Daniel Mayer 406-360-5435
September 14, 2013 1 Knoxville, TN Joan LePage 423-926-1171 ext. 7910
September 19-21, 2013 2 Rock Island, IL Sarah E. Oliver 309-786-1614
September 20, 2013 1 Dayton, OH Edith Darden 937-268-6511 ext. 2463
September 20-22, 2013 3 Cumberland, RI Bill Carr 401-273-7100 ext. 1673
September 21, 2013 1 Milwaukee, WI Barbara Gilbert 414-342-2224
September 21-22, 2013 2 Colville, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
September 21-23, 2013 3 Compton, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
September 24, 2013 1 Aberdeen, SD Pat Moore 605-940-9852
September 26-27, 2013 2 Montgomery, AL Tyrinda S. Caver 334-558-8602
September 26-28, 2013 3 Great Falls, MT Rodger McConnell 406-799-6709
September 27, 2013 1 Alexandria, LA Rena Powell 318-466-2773
September 27, 2013 1 Ft. Walton Beach, FL Sally Eddins 850-217-0054
September 27, 2013 1 Salem, OR Rosy Macias 503-362-9911
September 27-28, 2013 2 Wenatchee, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
September 27-29, 2013 3 Tustin, CA Charlie Lonon 562-826-5373
September 28, 2013 1 West Palm Beach, FL Maria Cabrea 561-422-8223
September 28, 2013 1 Latham, NY Donna Vaughn 518-626-5150
October 4, 2013 1 Dover, DE Elizabeth A. Byers-Jiron 302-349-4898
October 4, 2013 1 Springfield, MA Luz Marcano 413-731-6000 ext. 6114
October 4-6, 2013 3 Ferndale, CA Kermit Thobaben 707-822-1624
October 5-6, 2013 2 Libby, MT John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
October 9-10, 2013 2 Detroit, MI Linda Jones 313-576-3870
October 11, 2013 1 Mountain Home, TN Joan LePage 423-926-1171 ext. 7910
October 12, 2013 1 Moses Lake, WA John Davis 509-462-2500 ext. 4001
October 12-14, 2013 3 Nashville, TN Dan Helm 615-873-6037
October 15, 2013 1 Columbus, OH Carl Landry 614-257-5206
October 17, 2013 1 Mobile, AL Kelly Estle 251-219-3971
October 17, 2013 1 Wausau, WI Amanda Kalis 608-372-3971 ext. 66452
October 17, 2013 1 Lexington, KY Elisha Kiefer 859-233-4511 ext. 3
October 19, 2013 1 Troutdale, OR Jeremy Hov 360-696-4081 ext. 31274
October 19, 2013 1 Augusta, ME Greg Skillman 207-623-8411 ext. 5408
October 19, 2013 1 Santa Maria, CA Jorge Rodriguez 805-905-9476
October 25, 2013 1 Greenville, NC Melinda Gates 252-830-2149 ext.3224
October 26, 2013 1 Yakima, WA Ron Opsa 509-574-5200
October 26, 2013 1 Atlanta, GA April M. Edwards 404-321-6111 ext. 2412
October, 2013 1 Oklahoma City, OK Mary Culley 405-456-3876
October, 2013 1 Billings, MT Meridith Cox 406-256-3322
November 1, 2013 1 Columbia, SC Travis Thomas 803-776-4000 ext. 7695
November, 2013 1 Billings, MT Meridith Cox 406-256-3322
TBD, 2013 1 Rapid City, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 New Castle, WY Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Lemmon, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Kyle, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533
TBD, 2013 1 Kennebec, SD Clint Olive 605-890-2533

Outward Bound for Veterans

Reenergizing Veterans Through Adventure and Challenge.

Outward Bound for Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

Programs

Outward Bound for Veterans provides our returning service men and women with rewarding wilderness expeditions specially designed for the men and women or our nation’s armed forces. Veterans programs are designed to be exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding. We make the most of the organizational and teamwork skills which veterans have learned in the military to move groups of 10-12 participants straight into the field.

Once on expedition, Outward Bound training will bring veterans up to speed on our wilderness travel expectations. Leadership skills will be tested as participants take responsibility for the crew and make community plans and decisions. Our staff, most veterans themselves, have extensive experience in backpacking, mountaineering, climbing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, and dog sledding. Participants rely on them for information and safety, but ultimately the success of the experience rests with the participants. All programs, including travel to and from the course areas from anywhere in the continental US, are fully funded through the generous support of a network of partners, sponsors and donors. Participating veterans only need to provide day-to-day clothing and footwear.

Outward Bound for Veterans programs:

  • build a supportive community with other war veterans
  • facilitate genuine discussions on readjustment and transition challenges
  • re-energize and reinvigorate spirits through adventures and challenges in a beautiful natural environment
  • reduce the feeling of isolation
  • provide the opportunity to bond with comrades outside of the typical military structure
  • transfer veterans’ military values and experiences to civilian life so that veterans are prepared to serve their stateside communities.

About Outward bound for Veterans

Outward Bound for Veterans helps returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

Servicemen and veterans take part in wilderness expeditions that are physically, mentally and emotionally challenging in order to build the self-confidence, pride, trust and communication skills necessary to successfully return to their families, employers and communities following wartime service. These expeditions purposefully scaffold wartime experiences (carrying heavy packs, sore shoulders, rubbery legs, sleeping out, strange noises, sweat, dirt, frustration and anger) with authentic achievements to create positive emotional and mental outcomes.

Wilderness activities are used as metaphors for daily life experiences in the pursuit of individual and group excellence, illuminating how the support and collaboration needed to meet Outward Bound goals can positively impact participants’ interactions with others at home. Many veterans experienced courage, brotherhood and a real sense of power and competence while in combat. Outward Bound gives Veterans and service members the opportunity to re-experience these strengths in themselves in a different context, thus helping them to transition back to civilian life.

Outward Bound for Veterans

Outward Bound’s first courses for veterans were established through collaboration with Veterans Administration Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) units to serve Vietnam War veterans. Outward Bound renewed the program in 2006 to serve Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, running one such course each year. The 2006 and 2007 courses both received overwhelmingly positive evaluations. Based on this success, in 2008 Outward Bound received a three-year, $4.3 million grant from Military Family Outdoor Initiative Project (MFO). With this grant and additional support from the federal government and others, we have increased the number of veterans served from 13 in 2007 to 1,400 in 2010.

Please visit www.outwardbound.org/veteran-adventures/outward-bound-for-veterans/ for more information regarding the courses, dates and locations.  Clicking on any of the links or photos will direct you to Outward Bound for Veterans.

Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)

Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE)

“You give us the call…we’ll give you the answer.”

The fundamental principle of the SAVE program is to advocate for veterans who are not able to obtain the benefits they have earned due to institutional or personal barriers. The program’s primary mission is prevention of suicide and mental health distress through the identification of issues facing veterans when they return from service and proactively providing them with access to benefits and services that may address these issues and result in positive transitions back to civilian life.

SAVE acts as a liaison between veterans and their families and the various agencies within the federal and state governments.

The SAVE team works closely, and in collaboration, with the Massachusetts National Guard. Resources offered by the Massachusetts National Guard and their Family Readiness Program are available to all service members and their families, regardless of the branch in which they serve.

Contact Offices

Boston Office:

SAVE Team
Department of Veterans’ Service
600 Washington St., 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02111
617-210-5743
Toll-free: 1-888-844-2838
fax: 617-210-5755
[email protected]

Chelsea Office:

SAVE Team
Chelsea Soldiers’ Home
91 Crest Avenue, Building D
Chelsea, MA 02150
617-210-5743

Holyoke Office:

SAVE Team
Holyoke Soldiers’ Home
110 Cherry Street, Office 065
Holyoke, MA 01040
413-532-9475, then dial ext. 532-1518

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