North Bay Stand Down has been assisting homeless and/or at-risk veterans since 2002 in the counties of Napa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo, California. We recently added Lake and Mendocino counties because they did not previously have a Stand Down available in their area. We do not turn away veterans from other counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Francisco, etc.). During this time we have provided services to 2,209 veterans and hot meals, showers and sleeping bags to 254 family members. Through 2013, 1,705 court cases have been adjudicated, 433 DMV ID cards issued, 23,000+ pieces of clothing and bedding have been issued, 19,000+ meals have been served and 5,600+ volunteers have assisted our veterans. Over 90% of all funds raised are utilized for direct services to the homeless veterans who attend the Stand Down. We are an all-volunteer organization.
We became a 501(c)(3) organization – North Bay Operation Hand Up – in July 2008 (ID #26-1899796).
The North Bay Stand Down is a three-day encampment for homeless and/or at-risk veterans. The veterans are provided with medical, dental, vision, recovery, housing, employment and other social services as well as food, clothing, showers, haircuts and a safe place to “stand down” for three days and two nights while our volunteers provide them with “A Hand Up”. Although this is a once a year event, funds for the event are raised throughout the year and planning takes about nine months. Our funding comes from federal, state, local and private grants and numerous donations from the community. We have grown substantially since our start (450%) in 2002 and now provide new jeans, sweatshirts and boots, as well as healthy, nutritious home-cooked meals, instead of the fast food and high-carb foods many of our homeless are used to eating. Although the Dixon Fairgrounds is provided free-of-charge, we have storage challenges and must rent much of the equipment (kitchen, forklift, vans) we need for the event. Some of our previously homeless veterans return as tent leaders to mentor those who are currently homeless. Each year, we successfully place a number of stand down attendees in transitional housing and rehabilitation programs. Numerous veterans receive the one or two services they needed to put their lives back on track and move forward. For this reason, we continue to provide our homeless veterans with “a hand up, not a hand out”
North Bay Stand Down • October 14, 15, 16, 2014
Dixon May Fair Grounds ~ Dixon, CA