During war, Stand Down means a brief break from the fighting; troops get much needed rest, warm meals, showers, relief of battle fatigue, piece of mind and fellowship. These, the men and women, who wore a uniform in honor and fought for our freedoms. ation has been actively working to
Over 100 local private, government and faith based organizations come together at each Stand Down to offer a hand UP NOT a hand OUT to Kansas City's veterans. Success of Stand Downs in this great city, past and present, is a result of this coordinated community effort.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the following for their involvement in making a difference:
Leavenworth VA Medical Center
100's of community service groups and organizations from the greater Kansas City Metro come together to provide assistance and help rid the barriers that prevent homeless veterans from re-entering society as engaged, productive citizens and live more fulfilling lives. Assistance is offered with medical, substance abuse, legal issues, taxes, housing & utility assistance, family counseling, spiritual, mentorships, educational and employment opportunities, hair cuts, and much more.
A misconception by the general public; "Our government takes care of our veterans". Granted they should have some liability, it is not true. We spend billions preparing for war and training, yet nothing prepares our troops for returning home. While the VA tries their best to help 'some' that served, it does not provide to all, nor does their care treat all conditions caused by military trauma. Thanks to our Vietnam veterans, private causes, and involved communities, this is changing.
To many of our homeless veterans, life on the street is a war they are still fighting. But now, not for our freedoms, for their survival. The Heart of America Stand Down offers them a break from their battle, by bringing the community together, in a safe, violence and substance free environment, we provide resources that make a difference. It is estimated several hundred homeless veterans live in the Kansas City metro. These are men and women who were selected or volunteered to serve their country.
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 317
Kansas City VA Medical Center
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
Internal Revenue Service
Housing and Urban Development
Social Security Administration
16th Judicial Circuit Municipal Court
General Services Administration
US Department of Agriculture
Department of Labor
Department of Homeland Security
Disabled American Veterans
Unified Government of Wyandotte County
Kansas State Transition Office
Association of The United States Army
Local VFW Posts & Ladies Auxiliary
Military Order of The Purple Heart
United Way of Greater Kansas City
Heart to Heart International
VITA'S Innovative Hospice Care
Pioneer Financial Services
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association
Spencer Duncan Make It Happen Foundation
Veterans Focus Group Kansas City VAMC
National Alliance for Mentally Ill (NAMI)
Trinity United Methodist Church
Singles Available for Community Service (SACS)
St. Andrew Christian Church
Kansas City Automobile Dealers Association
Corvette Club of Kansas City
More information is available via the brochure link below. Thank you for your time and interest.
MO & KS Work Force Development
Aegis Business Solutions, Lenexa, KS
Catholic Charities of Kansas City/St. Joseph
First Call Alcohol/Drug Prevention & Recovery
KU - Veterans Upward Bound
Pinnacle Career Institute
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
NATIONAL WWI MUSEUM and MEMORIAL
100 W. 26th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
Cosentino's Price Chopper
Daughters of the American Reveloution
Union Pacific Railroad - Kansas City, MO.
A BIG heartfelt thank you from Art Fillmore:
Bob Waechter and I have much to be grateful for this Memorial Day weekend. In spite of horrendous and unpredictable weather, nearly 300 selfless volunteers worked for hours to set up tents, tables and chairs; sort clothing, shoes and toiletries; and serve a hearty lunch to 310 homeless and at risk Veterans and their dependents on Friday, May 27. These volunteers kept coming hour after hour to work for...and honor…these men and women who served our country.
We are many times blessed to have so many energetic, helpful (and strong!) volunteers year after year — this was truly the most incredible group of volunteers ever assembled. We thank you for providing much-needed assistance and services for our Veterans and for making the Heart of America Stand Down for Homeless Veterans happen year after year after year.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work, your passion and your unfailing energy in serving our homeless and at risk Veterans. We simply could not do it without you.