Pasco Stand Down 2014
Veterans Pick Up Locations: Friday Oct 24th 2014
Bus #1 - Captain Mike will meet at Pinellas Park location at 11 AM
Stop 1: PIck up time 12:00 - 12:05 @ Center of Hope, 401 15th Street N, St. Pete
Stop 2: PIck up time 12:15 - 12:20 @ P-Tech 901 34th Street S, St Pete
Stop 3: PIck up time 12:45- 12:50 @ Bay Pines VA, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd N, St. Pete
Stop 4: PIck up time 1:20 - 1:25 @ Pinellas Safe Harbor, 14840 49th St. N, Clearwater
Stop 5: Arrival at Stand Down 2:15 - 2:20 PM @ Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
Estimated riders: 40
Cell phone 727-667-9242
Bus #2 - Captain Kelly will meet at Tarpon Springs location @ 11 AM
Stop 1: Pick up time 12:00 - 12:05 @ HEP, 1120 N Betty Lane, Clearwater
Stop 2: Pick up time 12:45 - 12:50 @ St.Timothy Lutheran Church, 812 E. Tarpon AVe, Tarpon Springs
Stop 3: Pick up time 1:00 - 1:05 @ Metropolitan Ministries, 3214 US Hwy 19, Holiday
Stop 4: Arrival at Stand Down 2:00 - 2:05 PM @ Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
Estimated riders: 45
Cell phone 727-667-9249
Bus # 3 - Captains Patricia & Linda will meet at Tarpon Springs location @ 11 AM
Stop 1: Pick up time 12:00 - 12:05 @ Rope Center, 14121 Water Tower Drive, Hudson
Stop 2: Pick up time 12:10 - 12:15 @ ACTS Resource Center, 12515 US 19 Hudson
Stop 3: Pick up time 12:20 -12:25 @ Gulfview Mall - Sam Seltzer Steakhouse entrance, 9409 US 19, Port Richey
Stop 4: Pick up time 12:30 - 12:35 @ Burger King, 6319 US 19, New Port Richey
Stop 5: Pick up time 12:40 - 12:45 @ Southgate Plaza behind McDonalds, US 19 & Marine Parkway, New Port Richey
Stop 6: Pick up time 12:55 - 1:00 @ Careersource, 4440 Grand Blvd, New Port Richey
Stop 7: Pick up time 1:15 - 1:20 @ VA Center, 9912 Little Road, New Port Richey
Stop 8: PIck up time 1:35- 1:40 @ Jericho Ministry Thrift Store, 8924 SR 52, Hudson
Stop 9: Arrival at STand Down 1:50 - 1:55 @ Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson
Estimated riders: 40 riders
Cell phone 727-667-9264
When: October 24 - 26, 2014 | Where: Veterans Memorial Park, Hudson,FL
What is a Stand Down?
In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of security and safety. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 67,000 homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets.
Stand Down is a time for the community to connect with our homeless veterans and to begin to break down the barriers that are keeping these heroes on the streets. The “hand up, not a handout” philosophy of Stand Down requires the work of countless volunteers, businesses, and local, state and national organizations. Organization representatives will be available to answer questions about the event and to encourage individuals to become involved.
Who is the Stand Down For?
All at risk or homeless veterans living in Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough or Hernando Counties FL. Transportation available for veterans in all 4 counties, please visit our pick up locations page for current locations. We will add more if needed, no one will be left without transportation!
Ways you can help:
- Donation of Goods—reading glasses, boots, backpacks, personal hygiene items and more.
- Donation of Time—volunteers are needed to cut hair, serve meals, set-up, clean up, sort donations, provide medical and dental services, massages, therapy, etc.
- Become a Vendor—we are looking for organizations and businesses that provide needed goods and services to Veterans and their families.
- Become a Corporate Sponsor—various levels of sponsorship are available.
- Become a Financial Donor—we need funds to purchase food, personal hygiene items, tents, port-o-lets, sleeping cots and other necessary supplies.
“Stand Down” began in San Diego in 1988. Twenty-five years later, that organization has celebrated many successes, and was featured in 2010 on “60 Minutes.” There are now more than 200 Stand Downs throughout the country. While many Stand Downs are a one-day event, this is the first time that our community will emulate a two-day San Diego model, for all homeless veterans located in Pasco County.
Does It Make a Difference?
Yes. Stand Down has been successful in matching the right services to those Veterans who are struggling to get their life back together.
Even for those veterans who return to life on the streets, Stand Down is an opportunity for them to take safe harbor from “combat on the streets” for one weekend a year. Certainly, our Veterans deserve at least that.