WBD Supports the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Fight Against Homelessness
Winterhaven Stand Down Serves One Thousand Homeless Veterans in the Greater Washington, DC Area
This January, Washington Business Dynamics (WBD) partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center to host the 26th Annual Winterhaven Stand Down. Alongside dozens of volunteers, WBD helped serve nearly one thousand homeless veterans in the Greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area.
According to the 2019 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (AHARC), approximately 568,000 people experienced homelessness on a single night in 2019. The VA has been tackling this problem by expanding Veteran healthcare services and providing Veterans with the technical assistance required to secure affordable housing.
The Winterhaven event delivered a wide array of services, ranging from healthcare assessments and legal assistance to a warm meal and one-on-one employment counseling. In addition, volunteers distributed winter clothing, including 640 pairs of boots collected by the HUD Veterans Affinity Group.
According to Health Care for the Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program Coordinator Kevin Morton, events like Winterhaven are invaluable for at-risk and homeless Veterans. “It’s important to bring everyone together, VA staff with federal, local and state government agencies, Veteran Service Organizations, as well as corporate and non-profit community partners to offer a one-stop-shop opportunity of health care, benefits and resources.”
As a veteran-owned small business, WBD felt instantly connected with the VA Winterhaven mission. Hitting home with the team, six team members represented the firm, providing event planning, design, and day-of event support.
“Our firm is dedicated to finding ways to improve the lives of those around us. We hope to continue to donate our time and efforts to worthy causes, and the work of the Department of Veterans Affairs is certainly one of them,” said WBD President and Co-founder Scott Caldwell.
With this vision for community service in mind, WBD plans to continue giving back to the community and pursuing the VA’s goal of closing the gap on veteran homelessness.