Stand Down provides resources to Savannah area’s homeless | savannahnow.com

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Stand Down provides resources to Savannah area’s homeless | savannahnow.com

Seated on the steps leading up to the Savannah Civic Center, Benjamin Lanier quietly examined the olive-drab duffel bag he’d just acquired.

From underneath a faded, navy blue “Vietnam Veteran” ballcap, the 62-year-old who served two combat tours as a young Marine Corps draftee mentally checked off the items he’d been given only moments before — boots, some clothing, a sleeping bag.

“You don’t want to come here; don’t want to have to come and say, ‘Help me,’” said Lanier, who was among the more than 1,000 homeless people Tuesday to attend the annual Veterans Stand Down for Homelessness resource fair. “I don’t know what else — I ain’t got any choice.”

For the 10th consecutive year, Savannah-area service organizations collaborated to host the event that provided the local homeless population food, clothing, and basic medical and grooming services.

“They get breakfast and some information and a hot meal,” said Brenda Pollen, Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire’s vice president for mission services. “We’ve got everything here including employment opportunities, we had flu vaccines, we did testing for HIV/AIDS, we provided resources in an effort to help them transition into economic independence.”

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