Maricopa County Arizona StandDown Event A Success
The Maricopa Community Colleges participated in the annual Maricopa County StandDown last month. Over 2,000 veterans and their families were connected to critical support services to help them gain and maintain housing stability.
Our employees and students volunteered to conduct intake interviews and serve as guest guides. Both groups worked one-on-one with veterans, while guest guides led them to the services such as the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Economic Security Benefit Assistance, courts, driver licenses, Social Security Administration, medical, vision and behavioral health, substance abuse assistance, housing, employment, education, dental, haircuts and hygiene, emergency shelter, and clothing.
The Maricopa County StandDown, coordinated by the Arizona Housing Coalition‘s Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, serves military veterans and their families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in our state’s capital. It has grown to one of the largest events of its kind in the country. The goal is to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness among veterans, while teaching agencies how to collaborate throughout the year and end homelessness among veterans.
This year, the Maricopa Community Colleges District Military and Veterans Success Centers managed the registration for all of the participants, and will provide follow up support to those who need additional resources. In addition, our nursing students prepared patients for ultra-sounds by taking vitals, blood pressure, and performing Accuchecks.
Shown in the photo are the Maricopa staff and GateWay Community College Nursing students, along with Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick, who volunteered for this three-day event (Pictured from left to right: Gary Marabella, Manuel Dallago, Joe Martinez, Karla DeVoll, Andrea Banks, Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick, Kaylea Williamsen, Miriam Nelson, Mariah Ohle, and Patricia O’Brien).