Thursday, October 18, 2012

Community Service Diary - Stand Down for Veterans

Last Saturday was another amazing day here in Newark! Newark Community Solutions joined local volunteers and more than 500 military veterans for “Stand Down of North Jersey” at John F. Kennedy Pool & Recreation Center.  The event was sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and Newark’s GI GO Fund. Stand Downs provide homeless veterans with access to healthcare, mental health screening, substance abuse counseling, social services availability, religious counseling, a hot meal, a haircut and winter clothing. The goal of the program is to bring a wide range of resources together in one location so the veteran can access the various available services.

This year, NCS was on hand to help homeless veterans with their open court matters like unpaid tickets, fines and municipal court warrants. We collected contact information and scheduled appointments for participants to return to the Newark Municipal Court where NCS staff will help them navigate the court process. The event was huge success. Of the 500+ attendees, nearly 10% signed up for a follow-up appointment with Newark Community Solutions!

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