June 22, 2012

Throughout the past 25 years, Stand Down events around the country have provided a hand up to homeless veterans seeking to reintegrate into society. These outreach events provide immediate access to community partners who offer employment resources, legal services, and connections to housing and other resources. Every year, hundreds of organizations partner with local businesses, government agencies, and community- and faith-based service providers to host one- to three-day Stand Downs. With financial support from the U.S. Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), organizations hosting Stand Downs can more thoroughly prepare homeless veterans for their transition into employment.

In order to promote effective and efficient Stand Downs events, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) will hold two separate teleconferences on Stand Down history and program structure (June 26) and on program planning and financing (July 11).

Please see below for teleconference descriptions and registration information; note that each call is targeted to a different audience.

“Stand Down:  History and Program Structure”
Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT

“Stand Down: Program Planning and Financing”
Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT

1. Stand Down: History and Program Structure

On Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, NCHV will host the first of two teleconferences on Stand Down. This introductory call will focus on the history of Stand Down, the general structure of Stand Down events, and an overview of funding sources. NCHV is honored to host Stand Down Founder Dr. Jon Nachison on this teleconference. Organizations that are new applicants or would like more information about applying for DOL-VETS Stand Down funds are encouraged to participate.

Presentation (PDF)

2. Stand Down: Program Planning and Financing

Planning and executing a successful Stand Down requires effective program planning and budgeting. On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 3:00 p.m. EDT, NCHV will host the second of two teleconferences on Stand Down, focusing specifically on the DOL-VETS solicitation for grant applications, fundraising and budget planning. Baylee Crone, NCHV Director of Technical Assistance, will be joined by experienced Stand Down organizers to discuss program development and budgeting. Ample time will be left at the end of this call for questions and comments. State workforce agencies, state and local workforce investment boards, veterans service organizations (VSOs), local public agencies, and nonprofit organizations that anticipate applying for Stand Down funds are encouraged to participate.

Presentation (PDF)

TO REGISTER FOR CALL #2: Please send your name, organization and email address (in the body of an email) to hvrp2@nchv.org. You will receive an auto-response with the call-in and conference ID numbers.