Announcing 3rd Annual Homeless Military Veteran Stand Down

Stand Down


Chicago, IL, June 6, 2016 –On Saturday July 23rd, A Safe Haven Foundation will host its third annual Homeless Veteran Stand Down. The event is set to take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., in historic Douglas Park Cultural and Community Center, in the heart of North Lawndale.

In the past two years the event has drawn over 500 military veterans who, through the support of generous support of Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Defense, community partners and committed volunteers, received a multitude of services.

“As a leading provider of veterans’ services in the State of Illinois, we at A Safe Haven are honored and excited to host this important event. Veteran Stand Downs have been recognized as one of the most effective methods in which to engage homeless military veterans in need, and to connect them to necessary services to help them return to stability. It is our civil duty to show utmost respect and admiration for our nation’s returning heroes, and through the Stand Down we hope that we can at least begin to give back to those who have given so much for us and for our country,” said Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven Foundation.

The Stand Down will provide veterans access to vital services, addressing both immediate physical needs and facilitating access to ongoing supports. This includes medical and dental screenings; clothing; housing, veterans benefits; employment and job counseling services; recovery and mental health services; housing and emergency shelter; legal services; chaplain services and education. The Veterans Stand Down is supported solely through grants, fundraising, in-kind contribution, and the work of hundreds of volunteers.  Those wishing to sponsor or to make a donation in support of this event, and for those looking to volunteer or anyone seeking to learn more about A Safe Haven’s important role in ending veteran homelessness in Chicago may visit