Washington DC VAMC Homeless Veterans Stand-down
For years, DAV Chapter 10 has supported the Washington DC VA Medical Center (VAMC) homeless veterans stand down. The Washington DC VAMC is in always in need of specific items for the homeless veteran community they serve in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. To contact the Washington DC VAMC Homeless Veterans Program, click here!
We have provided volunteers, sponsored meals, donated needed items and provided donations. In 2021, with coordination with the Washington DC VAMC homeless veteran program, we started a list of requested and needed items via Amazon. The response from our members has been overwhelming. We look forward to doing this again in 2023 and into the foreseeable future.
Items donated in November 2022
In November 2022, Chapter 10 provided a $500.00 donation to the homeless veteran program and our amazing members provided items through Chapter 10's Giving Tree. The items provided:
40 winter coats
96 pairs of women underwear
544 tooth brushes
432 tubes of toothpaste
300 nail clippers
72 pairs of men underwear
200 thermal blankets
308 winter gloves, winter hats, & neck warmers
72 pair of women thermal socks
144 pair of men thermal socks
400 tubes of skin lotion
300 tubes of body wash
300 tubes of shampoo
Washington DC VA Medical Center Homeless Veterans Stand-down
On Jan. 26, 2019, the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center reached a significant milestone in partnering with local, state and community organizations to reach homeless and at-risk veterans during its 25th annual Winterhaven Homeless Veterans Stand Down.
Gloria L. Hairston, spokesperson for the VA Medical Center explained that since 2008 the VA has housed almost 2,000 veterans with the help of the Department of Housing and Urban Development VASH voucher program where they disseminated over 1,600 vouchers.
Chapter 10 has been providing support for the stand-down for many years. Recently, we provided funding to sponsor breakfast at Winterhaven. Many of our members volunteered and served that breakfast to homeless and at-risk veterans. In 2019, Chapter 10 collected items to donate to Winterhaven along with a cash donation.
Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)
The Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center's (DCVAMC) Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC) exemplifies the Medical Center's commitment to providing excellent care and services in an environment of compassion that respects homeless and at-risk Veterans.
The CRRC is the first of its kind in the Washington DC area and is open seven day a week to combat homelessness among Veterans. It is one of 31 VA Community Resource and Referral Centers located across the nation. These facilities centralize federal and local partners to provide services to homeless and at-risk Veterans.
Although not a shelter, the CRRC provides services to assist Veterans which include a computer lab ,laundry, showers, social work services and a host of community services.
1500 Franklin Street
Washington, DC 20018
To visit their website, click here