At DLH, we are committed to ensuring that we do all we can to help our returning veterans transition back into the workforce and their communities. We will continue to support improving healthcare and other benefits for all veterans and are honored that so much of what we do is in support of our nation's warfighters.
To demonstrate our committment, each year DLH hosts a two-month long “National Window of Service (NWS)” where employees across the nation are encouraged to give, volunteer, and serve in a variety of ways to toward solving the plight of our Homeless Veterans in the communities in which we work. So from 9/11-11/11 (Patriot Day to Veterans Day). We offer this “Call To Duty” to all of our work sites and remote employees to get involved in a local initiative to help Heal, House, or Hire our veterans. Read more about DLH's National Window of Service here.
2016 National Window of Service Events
September 11–November 11, 2016
Event Name: Stand Down Against Homelessness
Location: Charleston, SC
Description: Volunteers will help collect the most needed items and/or monetary donations in support of our homeless veterans through the local VA Medical Center.
September 19–October 14, 2016
Event Name: Collection for Veterans
Location: CMOP, Leavenworth, Kansas
Description: We will be collecting needed items for the Residents of Leavenworth Veterans Administration Domiciliary.
September 25, 2016
Event Name: Vettes to Vets
Location: Bedford VA Hospital, Bedford, Massachusetts
Time: 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will assist at a car show and donation collection in honor and support of veterans.
October 1, 2016
Event Name: Bingo for Veterans
Location: Dallas VA Community Living Center, 4500 South Lancaster Road, Dallas, TX
Time: 10–11:45 a.m.
Description: Volunteers will run bingo games for veterans; donations of needed items or money will be accepted and donated to the VA.
October 1, 2016
Event Name: 2016 Atlanta Homeless Veterans Stand Down
Location: Fort McPherson VA Clinic, Atlanta, Georgia:
Time: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will help provide homeless veterans with services and resources such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, and referrals to counseling, housing, employment, and substance abuse treatment.
October 7, 2016
Event Name: VA Carnival at Alvin York Medical Center
Location: 3400 Lebanon Pike, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Time: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Description: Volunteers will assist with games, food, and miscellaneous items given to veterans during the carnival.
October 29, 2016
Event Name: Veterans Walk
Start Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Starts at 2240 N. Thompson Lane and ends at Cannonsburgh Village, 312 South Front Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Description: DLH employees will walk to raise money/gift cards for veterans to be used for a variety needs such as, but not limited to: groceries, apartment application fees, and utility and rent bill subsidies.
Event Name: Bright Beginnings Holiday Party
Date: Varies (always the third Wednesday in December)
Time: 9 a.m.–Noon
Location: Bright Beginnings Center at the Perry School, 128 M Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20001
Description: Volunteers will assist at a holiday party for children of homeless families who can come visit with Santa (Fred Vago), get their (and parents) picture taken, and receive a gift from DLH Danya.
We have partnered with several agencies whose missions closely align with our own:
Hero Health Hire
The Hero Health Hire program is uniquely designed to open the door to new opportunities for disabled veterans and bring dedicated employees into the workforce. This initiative helps businesses institute proactive recruitment plans and develop a transition and mentoring program to help disabled veterans make the most of their new careers.
DLH CEO, Zach Parker, sits on the Board for Hero Health Hire and works closely with the organization to raise awareness within the defense community of the importance of hiring heroes.
For more information visit www.herohealthhire.com.
Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO)
Since 2008, the VEO has provided transitional and permanent housing to hundreds of homeless veterans. Presently, they have 60 unit beds in the traditional supportive housing at no cost to the residents as well as 25 units in the affordable permanent supportinve housing. VEO Village was opened in 2012 and will serve almost 400 homeless veterans annually. For more information www.veohero.org.
Hope for the Warriors®
The mission of Hope for the Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families. For more information visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org.
What is a VA Stand Down?
In times of war exhausted combat units, requiring time to rest and recover, were removed from the battlefields to a place of relative security and safety. Homeless Stand Down refers to a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help Veteran homeless combat life on the streets. It is a hand up, not a handout philosophy. The event is carried out through the work of hundreds of volunteers and organizations throughout the city. Stand Downs are conducted throughout the nation.
What happens at a VA Stand Down?
Hundreds of homeless veterans are provided with a broad range of necessities including, but is not limited to: medical, legal and mental health assistance, job counseling and referrals, and most importantly, companionship and camaraderie. It is a time for companies and the community to connect with the homeless population and address this crisis that affects each and every town, city and state in this country.
How does the community benefit from this event?
Brings agencies, companies and community the together to address the needs of the homeless veterans. Educates and informs the homeless vets of services available within their community. For DLH, this event serves to address a part of the company's social responsibility initiative to support our nations commitment to End Homelessness It links the homeless person with on-site services. It encourages a continuum of care model with collaboration among companies and agencies.