9th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down

SARASOTA, Fla. (May 03, 2019) – JFCS and more than 50 other local business and partner agencies came together at the 8th Annual JFCS Stand Down Event, where 140 veterans, including 54 homeless veterans, were given a day of reprieve and hope. Held at the Sarasota Fairgrounds Potter Building, the turnout represented a more than 40 percent increase over 2018. 

Veterans were provided with a backpack filled with daily essential items, including hygiene, clothing, blankets and non-perishable food.  They were also able to get fitted for footwear, meet with legal, housing and counseling professionals, receive health screenings, access VA benefits and registration, enter a bike raffle, take a shower and wash clothes.

In addition, pending court cases were reviewed by Veterans Court Judge Owens who erased tens of thousands of dollars in fines.

“Stand Down is a grassroots community-based intervention program designed to help homeless veterans on any given day “combat” life on the streets,” said JFCS President/CEO Heidi Brown.  “It was a tremendous show of support from more than 100 JFCS volunteers, 50+ partners, and Judge Owens to provide veterans with some new-found solutions and opportunities to help them address their challenges.”


The Veteran’s Stand Down Court will be able to assist with:

  • Unpaid court fees and fines (on closed cases)
  • Unpaid traffic fees and fines
  • Driver’s License Assistance

Legal Aid of Manasota will be present to educate and assist with civil case questions

Register at https://www.jud12.flcourts.org/News/Stand-Down-Sarasota

Or by calling Evelyn Flaherty; 941-366-224 ext 134

Registration is not required but encouraged.

Event Details


Saturday, May 02, 2020

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

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