The original Stand Down was designed for homeless Veterans and modeled after the “Stand Down”concept used during the Vietnam War to provide a safe retreat for units returning from combat operations. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental services, mail and receive letters, and enjoy  the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment.  A Stand Down afforded battle-weary soldiers the  opportunity to renew their spirit, health, and overall  sense of well-being. Domestic Stand Downs aim to provide many of the same resources - but to veterans rather than active troops.

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To Donate, Contact:

Darlene Lyons: | 916-726-7404
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Program lasts from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and includes breakfast, lunch and snacks. All veterans (and their families) are welcome.

How You Can Help, Donate, or Serve:

Dental Services
Personal Care Items (tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap)
Clothing (clothing, socks, boots, t-shirts)
Veterinary Services
Pet Food
Water or Soft Drinks

Services include:

Housing Assistance
VA Referrals
Employment Counseling
CalVet Benefit Referrals
Medical and Dental Referrals
Pet Services (microchipping, nail clipping, and more)
Many Other Services
Clothing and personal supplies will be given to each person


Thank you to our wonderful SPONSORS:

The Way Ministries