News 12 @ 6 o'clock -- October 17, 2008
AUGUSTA, GA --What started out as a service for Vietnam veterans is now extending it's services to even more -- families at risk and the homeless.
"We decided a couple of years ago to collaborate with our partners in the community where we can serve almost 7,000 people in the CSRA if needed," said Kathleen Scott of the VA Hospital.
The VA Hospital partnered with local organizations to offer free health screenings, food and employment services for those in need.
"It's services that can really make a difference and get them off the street and out of those shelters. Ultimately the goal of all the service providers here today," said Linda Suarez of the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc.
"The V-A was there for me. They put me in the domiciliary. I continued school and they helped me with programs and continue to help me with programs," said Malinda Jordan who used to be homeless.
Malinda Jordan used to be homeless but got help through Stand Down for the Homeless and she says the programs offered can change your life for the better.
"Nothing goes the way it's expected. Nothing goes the way you want it to happen, but the reality is you can get help and you can change things that are going negative to positive and don't ever give up," said Jordan.
Thanks to those who helped stand down, that change will be a little bit easier.
Over the past few months the Salvation Army says they've seen a rise in new people coming to them for help.