Plans for annual event helping homeless veterans underway
MANATEE COUNTY -Once a year homeless veterans have a place to turn.
An organization called Turning Points is hosting its 21st annual Stand Down event. In military terms, these veterans are able relax from a state of readiness and get the help they may need.
Turning Points case manager and veteran himself Edwin Robinson says preparing for such a large scale event takes a dedicated village.
“The Manatee County Fairgrounds almost turns into a mini city in that we will have a variety of social services, a variety of health screening services. For our veteran population we will have our veteran surplus," says Robinson.
Although the event is geared toward helping veterans in need, Robinson says it is open to anyone in crisis. An amnesty court will also be on site, often providing immediate results.
“It’s almost a mobile division of the 12th Judicial Circuit," says Robinson.
Volunteer coordinator Maureen Mack says the outpouring of help for Stand Down for Veterans is overwhelming.
“It brings together so many people willing to donate their time and efforts into giving back to others in the community. I have more than 150 volunteers that have come forward to this event and I could have more," says Mack.
She says this is her fifth year helping in the event and the message they are sending is clear.
“We as a community really care about those that don’t have everything that some of us do. In some small way if we can help them get a better quality of life, that just means the world to us," says Mack.
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