September 21, 2017 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
“Albany – United States Navy Veteran Kevin Rose, 68, and his wife of Halsey were living out of a car in 2015. The veteran, who served in Vietnam as a gunner’s mate, set his sights on finding a way out of their situation. Rose contacted Community Services Consortium (CSC), where he not only was assisted with housing, but also learned about the area’s Stand Down for Homeless Veterans event.
Stand Down for Homeless Veterans is a nationwide movement locally coordinated by CSC in which businesses, agencies, and community partners offer services and items to homeless and low-income veterans. However, all veterans are encouraged to participate. This year, the third annual event will be held September 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, in Albany. This is a change of venue from Lebanon in years past.
“We decided to move to Albany to be closer to I-5, also Benton County,” said Dina Eldridge, CSC Housing Services Manager. “We just think most of the VA (Veterans Administration) providers are based in Albany. We just hope we get a bigger turnout since it is easier to find.””
As stated in the ODVA article, “Last year 93 veterans, including Rose, attended the event where 56 agencies and organizations offered a hand up such as: mental health and addiction counseling; employment; VA health insurance opportunities; dental van; Samaritan Health Service health screenings; clothing; hygiene products; housing through CSC; camping gear from the Department of Defense; IDs with”
“This year’s stand down will be held at LBCC. This event will NOT have military surplus from DOD. If you have supplies stored from other stand downs, please let us know. Donations of warm clothing for all ages and genders, shoes, blankets, toiletries, sleeping bags, tents, coats, slickers, and any other clean, useable items are needed to keep our less fortunate citizens warm and dry throughout their time of need. At this time, you will need to collect and store these items until a suitable storage area can be found. If anyone has a storage unit available that can be utilitied until September 21, please let us know.”
They are looking for items to be donated to help homeless veterans and a temporary storage area to store the items to be given out at the Stand Down