The Rev. Jim McIntosh said he wants the Liberty Regional Homeless Coalition’s first-ever Operation Stand Down to be a one-stop shop for those who served and those still serving.
It looks like those who attend will have a lot of stops to choose from.
More than 60 organizations, agencies and businesses have signed on to participate in Saturday’s event, which gets under way at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bradwell Park.
Among the LHRC’s partners in the event are the Fort Stewart Garrison Command, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Georgia Department of Veterans Services. Information will be available on everything from housing and health care to education, employment, insurance, retirement and service organizations.
The event, geared toward serving active duty military as well as veterans and those in the Reserve or National Guard, is a first for Hinesville, according to McIntosh, but it’s not a new concept.
The first Operation Stand Down took place in San Diego in 1988 was organized by Vietnam veterans to help one another, he said. Similar events have spread across the country in the 30 years since.
McIntosh said the event is for residents of Liberty, Long, Bryan, McIntosh, Tattnall and Wayne counties. It is also open to civilians “for non-military related services” according to a press release, and will additionally focus on poverty and homelessness prevention.
McIntosh said putting a wide range of services in one spot makes them more accessible to those who need them most. And he’s already set June 30 as a rain date.
For more information, call McIntosh at 912-271-3192 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.