DETROIT, MI – FRIDAY, October 5, 2018 – The Stand Down Program held in Detroit on September 26, 2018 was a great success! This joint effort between the Veterans Affairs and 36th District Court provides homeless veterans with valuable resources and referrals relating to housing, employment, substance abuse treatment and VA and Social Security counseling. Basic human necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and health screenings were also available. Additionally, this event provided a secure place where the homeless veterans could gather together, rest and socialize with lunch, games and entertainment.
Veterans voluntarily submitted applications to Veterans Affairs Representatives for one month prior to the event. The Court’s Probation Department assisted in screening for eligibility.
This year’s Stand Down was held at the Detroit Rescue Mission in Detroit versus the Court, providing a less intimidating venue for the veterans. Judge Shannon A. Holmes continued the effort to support a welcoming environment by sitting at a table across from the veteran at ground level. This “judicial closeness” established the necessary trust between the defendant and the judge.
Judge Holmes presided over 149 outstanding matters servicing 33 veterans. An additional 41 veterans who were not registered were scheduled for future court dates and assigned house counsel attorneys to represent them in resolving their outstanding matters.
Stand Downs are national collaborative events coordinated between local veteran affairs agencies, the courts, and other government and community agencies who serve the homeless. The first Stand Down was organized in 1988 by a group of Vietnam veterans in San Diego, California. Since then Stand Downs have been used as an effective tool in reaching more than 700,000 veterans and their family members between 1994 and 2017.
Contact: Wright Wade, Probation Director
(313) 965-3721, Wright.Wade@36thdistrictcourt.org