Service day, stand down in Fort Myers to aid homeless, veterans

The Lee County Homeless Coalition will host its 17th annual Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down on Saturday, Jan. 21, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce said in a recent posting.


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The Lee County Homeless Coalition will host its 17th annual Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down on Saturday, Jan. 21, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce said in a recent posting.

The nonprofit coalition's event, running from 8:45 a.m. to noon at the City of Palms Stadium, 2201 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers, will provide services and goods, including food provisions, medical services, haircuts, referrals for mental health and substance abuse and information on VA benefits. 

"Stand Down is a military term used to describe a brief respite from combat where troops could access a variety of services," Janet Bartos, the coalition's executive director said in the posting. "Our hope is to help homeless individuals get what they need by providing these services in a one-stop setting."

The collaborative effort will be at no charge to the participants and there will be over 30 agencies in attendance this year. 

The coalition's mission is to advocate, educate and promote awareness of issues facing the homeless community of Lee County through community collaboration, planning and implementing solutions.

For more information contact, Janet Bartos at 239-322-6600.  For more information on the Lee County Homeless Coalition, go to www.leehomeless.org. 

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