The San Luis Obispo County Department of Veterans Services this week will host its third annual Veterans Stand Down event that provides food, sleeping arrangements and services to homeless and at-risk veterans.
From 4 p.m. Thursday to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Veterans Memorial Building at 801 Grand Ave. in San Luis Obispo will be open to veterans with free overnight sleeping space for up to 100 people.
On Friday, a dozen employers and representatives from 40 agencies and organizations will be on hand to connect veterans to various resources.
Other agencies involved include the Vet Center, Community Health Centers, the Red Cross, the American Legion, Goodwill Industries International, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the San Luis Obispo County Library and others.
The county Department of Veterans Services estimates that last year, about 230 veterans were homeless in the county. Several hundred more are estimated to be unemployed and at risk of falling into homelessness.
Veterans are encouraged to pre-register for Stand Down through the county Veterans Services office at 801 Grand Ave.
Volunteers also are being sought for all days of the event, and any donations are welcomed. Contact the department at 781-5766, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available online at http://slovets.org.