Phoenix House Participates in Orange County Veterans Stand Down

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Phoenix House Orange County has recently started providing residential substance abuse treatment services to homeless veterans, with a new contract funded by the U.S. Veterans Administration. As a VA partner, the agency will participate in the First Orange County Veterans Stand Down, to be held on September 17th and 18th in Santa Ana, California. During the two-day event helping homeless and vulnerable veterans, Phoenix House staff will provide on-site substance abuse counseling and referrals. In addition, clients and staff will help to set up the Stand Down, and clients will work in the clothing department with the staff and clients of our collaborative partner, Working Wardrobes.

This Stand Down is being presented by Veterans First and the Rancho Santiago Community College District, with support from the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet), the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA), the American G.I. Forum, The American Legion Post 291, and several other government and community-based organizations. The veterans and their families may register from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17th and receive a full scope of services at Santa Ana College, Lot 13, corner of West 17th Street and College Avenue.

According to Peter Gravett, California Secretary for Veterans Affairs, “Orange County has one of the largest veteran populations in the state. The participation by those involved with this event is a testament to the dedication of Californians to our statewide veterans community.” During this two-day Stand Down event, state and local agencies and community-based nonprofit organizations will offer a full range of medical and social services to homeless and in-need veterans and their families. Trained volunteers and staff will assist veterans in obtaining access to health, dental, vision and other services.

Phoenix House is proud to contribute towards helping those who dedicated their lives to our country. The Stand Down model has been used in hundreds of cities all over the country to help tens of thousands of veterans and their families.

For more information on the Orange County Stand Down or for donation or volunteer opportunities, please visit the event’s website at www.ocstanddown.org, the Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/mycalvet, or contact Veterans First at 1 888 671 9392. For more information about Phoenix House Orange County’s participation in the Orange County Veterans Stand Down, call 1 888 671 9392.

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