October 27, 2018

A Day of Relief for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Stand Down Logo

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Today, Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 107,000 homeless veterans on any given night “combat” life on the streets. Homeless veterans are brought together in a single location and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and rebuilding their lives.

WHO WE HELP

Veterans striving to live in Madison, regardless of discharge status
In 2017, we helped 175 veterans and families.

Our Stand Down provides direct support and resources to our Veterans in need. We host valuable area service providers and give products to ease the struggle of the homeless experience. We want to bring our Veterans and community together to provide a day of relief to those experiencing homelessness.

  • Only 3% of the multifamily units in Madison are available for rental at any given time.

  • In 2018, we expect to serve up to 20 women who served in our armed forces.

  • Almost a quarter of those who are homeless are Veterans.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Our team is comprised of volunteers who have served their country around the globe and are now excited to use their experience to help bring an important day of relief to veterans experiencing homelessness. This is the first year the board is all women.

BETSIE THOMPSON

President
Betsie works for WPS and loves to be involved with veterans. She has been helping with the stand down for the last 5 years.

SHIRLEY CLAYBORNE

Vice President
Shirley is an Army Veteran of over a decade serving in various roles around the world. She is a very passionate person working to improve the lives of Veterans and our community.

ANGIE POLINSKY

Treasurer
Angie is an Army Veteran.

ANGELA CHESNA

Secretary
Angie has several family and friends who have/or continue to serve in the military. She has volunteered with and fundraising for veterans since 1997. She is committed to providing more support for veterans in need.