Hope2010 is a "one-stop shop" resource event offering the area veteran and non-veteran homeless information and services. This four hour event will be held at the Jefferson School on October 1, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. It will place homeless individuals in touch with the area resources they need to get back on their feet. No-cost services will include dental exams, eye exams, haircuts, clothing, groceries, pro bono legal advice, substance abuse counseling, housing assistance, social security services, and employment opportunities. Lunch will be provided at no cost.
The event is styled after Veterans Administration "Stand Downs." The first stand down was conceived and held by the Vietnam Veterans of San Diego in 1988 to provide assistance to homeless Vietnam veterans. Stand down is a military term which basically means a relief from the stresses of operations for a period of recovery.
This type of event has seen great success in regional communities such as Little Rock and Springfield, Missouri. It is the second year for our area. Our HOPE2009 served 75 of our most needy. We anticipate over 100 this year and assistance is needed.