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‘Stand Down’ to benefit homeless vets

Thursday, September 20, 2012

NASHUA – The transition from a soldier in combat to a civilian in an urban American city is often a difficult one. Harbor Homes Inc., will sponsor a Stand Down for homeless veterans from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at 45 High St., Nashua.

In 2011, there were more than 67,000 homeless veterans around the country. Harbor Homes, along with Veterans Affairs and a grant from the Department of Labor, are hosting Stand Down to help military men and women transition back into the community. A Stand Down is an event to give homeless veterans short- and long-term assistance and resources, including food, clothing, haircuts, employment counseling, legal and medical advice.

It is critical for community members to get involved to show support and encouragement for the veterans. Individuals can get involved by volunteering to help with the event, or donating boots, gloves, blankets, hygiene products, nonperishable food, or used cars to help veterans get to work.

Harbor Homes is looking for many different kinds of donations from companies, from food to vouchers, coupons, products and services – basically anything to help the veterans. Professionals can volunteer services such as legal services, tax services, haircuts, dental care, or apprenticeships. Harbor Homes encourages employers that are hiring to come and talk to the center’s educated and qualified veterans about positions available in their companies. Large and small employers can talk about work opportunities or training programs.

“It is the largest gathering of resources and volunteers with one mission: to end veteran homelessness in New Hampshire,” Matthew Milbourn, a veteran and employee at Harbor Homes, said. “It provides a positive impact on the community as it raises awareness for a very serious issue and provides otherwise non-existent access to support services for local veterans and their families. Without these types of events there would be no outreach or community awareness to this problem.”

To reserve a table, contact Andrea Reed or Dave Richardson at 882-3616, ext. 1111. To volunteer, contact Erin Schaick at 882-3616, ext. 1148, or E.Schaick@
harborhomes.org.

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