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January 3, 2013
For Immediate Release

Contact: Julia Bey Ahmet 973-463-9600, ext. 303

January 18 & 19th Operation Stand Down Morristown for Homeless Veterans and Their Families

Event Hosted by NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation, Community Hope & Morris County SHRM

Operation Stand Down Morristown Parsippany, NJ -- The NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation, Community Hope and Morris County-SHRM, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management, will host Operation Stand Down Morristown to outreach to homeless and needy veterans on Friday, January 18 and Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Morristown Armory in Morristown, New Jersey. The event will provide homeless veterans with meals, clothing and access to medical and mental health services, shelter and other community resources. The event is from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

“Our first annual Operation Stand Down Morristown will provide support to homeless and needy veterans, along with their families. Our partnership with Community Hope and Morris County-SHRM will help to ensure that homeless and needy veterans are provided with care,” said Tom Dresdner, President of the New Jersey Fallen Soldiers Foundation. “Morristown has a long standing history in helping the homeless and the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.”

“We have the programs in place to help homeless veterans,” said J. Michael Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of Community Hope, whose agency provides housing and services to more than 100 homeless veterans and at-risk Veteran families each day. “The challenge is to encourage them to come in off the streets and accept the services that are available. Stand downs provide this opportunity to engage with our neediest veterans.”

“The expertise of our volunteer human resource professionals is a perfect fit to provide an insider’s perspective, skilled guidance and career coaching for any veteran, Guard, Reservist or their caregiving family member challenged by a career transition” cites Sherrill Curtis, SPHR and VP Workforce Readiness for the Morris County-SHRM affiliate chapter. “The Stand Down collaboration offers THE perfect blend of resources and subject matter experts to open up pathways to self-sufficiency for homeless veterans while supporting their families in our community.”

Together with the NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation, Community Hope and Morris County-SHRM, community resource providers participating in the event include the NJ Veterans Affairs Healthcare System; the Department of Labor; the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs; the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; the National Coalition for the Homeless; Morris County Veterans of Foreign War; Morris County American Legion; United Way of Northern New Jersey; Employer Support Guard and Reserve NJ; One Stop Center Dover Regional offices; Family Service of Morris County; Operation Chillout; Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center; Eric Johnson House; Homeless Solutions; Interfaith Food Pantry; Salvation Army of Morristown; Morris County Human Services and Dress for Success Morris County.

In times of war, exhausted combat units requiring time to rest and recover were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. At secure base camp areas, troops were able to take care of personal hygiene, get clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, mail and receive letters, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends in a safe environment. Today, stand down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help the nation’s estimated 107,000 homeless veterans on any given night “combat” life on the streets. Homeless veterans are brought together in a single location for one to three days and are provided access to the community resources needed to begin addressing their individual problems and rebuilding their lives.

For more information on social service and resource providers and volunteer opportunities or to become a sponsor or donor, visit www.shrm-morrisnj.org. or contact Event Chair, Tom Dresdner, at tom@njfallensoldiers.org or 973-920-0831.

NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation: The NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation is a veteran owned non profit 501(c) (3) organization. Its initial purpose is to create a memorial at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ for NJ service men and women who died in conflicts for our country. Founded in 2005, the organization has also reached out to support many other efforts within the Veteran communities of NJ. The 2012 Operation Stand Down in Morristown will be their first annual event to provide support for homeless veterans in NJ communities. Find NJ Fallen Soldiers Foundation at http://njfallensoldiers.org

Morris County-SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management): For over twenty-five years Morris County-SHRM has been a leading resource of education, professional development and networking for its nearly 700 members, the human resource profession and New Jersey businesses. Their national award winning workforce readiness programs support community members in need from all ages and backgrounds seeking self-sufficiency through meaningful employment. The veteran focused “Tomorrow’s Promise” initiative is their commitment to support all military talent (and their care-giver family members) in a successful civilian career transition while educating business owners on the skills and financial benefits of engaging military-connected talent in the workplace. Learn more about their monthly programs and workforce readiness partnerships at www.shrm-morrisnj.org




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