CareerSource Research Coast and Community Partners Host 2019 Treasure Coast Homeless Veterans Stand Down Event
On April 10, 2019, CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC) and community partners hosted the Treasure Coast Homeless Veterans Stand Down event for the fourth consecutive year with one primary initiative: to connect local homeless veterans with much-needed support services aimed at helping them overcome barriers to housing and employment.
Veterans services officers for both St. Lucie and Martin counties along with the Veterans Council of Indian River County helped coordinate transportation for the homeless veterans to and from the event. Carebag provided mobile shower units, and the Indian River State College Institute of Cosmetology and Barbering offered free haircuts. Veterans in attendance also received hot meals and refreshments courtesy of Panera Bread and Mission BBQ, healthcare screenings, legal services, employment services, personal hygiene items, backpacks and much more.
City of Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson and Thomas M. Richardson, investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor, thanked the community partners for their support. While unable to physically attend,
Congressman Brian Mast passed along his commentary via video, which highlighted our need to support our veterans.
“The City of Fort Pierce is honored to host the Homeless Veterans Stand Down event every year at Veterans Memorial Park,” said Mayor Hudson. “We appreciate the collaboration with Career Source yearround, but especially one that offers the hope of a job and home for our veterans. Our community looks for ways to show our veterans we appreciate them, and the park is the perfect place to do so.”
“Congressman Mast said that it’s the federal government’s responsibility to care for our veterans, and he’s 100 percent correct. What I really enjoy about going to events like this is to see how that is embraced by each and every community,” said Thomas M. Richardson, investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor. “It’s not just Washington DC, it’s all of us. We all know somebody or have been touched by somebody or are a veteran, and it just makes a huge impact in the lives of folks when we can reach out there and be a partner to them.”
“At CareerSource Research Coast, veterans always receive priority of services. They honored our nation, and this event allows us the opportunity to assist those who have fallen on difficult times and a way to honor their service,” said CareerSource Research CEO Brian Bauer.
About CareerSource Research Coast
CareerSource Research Coast (CSRC) is a private, non-profit, Florida corporation with a board of directors consisting of private businesses, economic development and education representatives, community and state agencies, and elected officials. Members of the board represent the diversity of businesses, organizations and trades that operate in Indian River, Martin and St. Lucie counties. The State of Florida chartered CSRC to create and manage a workforce development service delivery system responsive to the needs of businesses and job seekers. Our certified workforce professionals can be reached by calling 1-866-4U2-HIRE or 1-866-482-4473. Visit www.careersourcerc.com to learn more. An equal opportunity employer/program. TTY/TDD use Florida Relay Service 711.