The South Jersey Stand Down has been held annually since September 1996. Originally a three-day event, the Stand Down was hosted at Fort Dix New Jersey. After a decision was made to hold a one-day event, it was relocated to the Army National Guard Armory in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Primary support (provisions of the structure, grounds and utilities) is provided by the NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The Stand Down of South Jersey provides services and products to homeless veterans along with shelter, meals, clothing and medical attention. This annual event is an entirely volunteer effort, organized within Camden County and New Jersey communities, bringing service providers together such as the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists, Local Veterans Employment representatives, various veterans service organizations, military personnel, civic leaders, and a variety of other organizations. Since 1996 this event has served as a catalyst that enables homeless veterans to re-enter mainstream society.

As the Covid-19 restrictions are eased we intend to hold our event on September 24, 2021 in the Cherry Hill National Guard Armory.   This year’s event will look different though and we will still adhere to any existing state gathering restrictions.   Since there will be a large VA medical group we will be abiding by those restrictions required for such locations. Individual masking will likely be required of all participants whether or not they have been vaccinated.

For those interested in volunteering, click here. No Vendor Tables will be available this year.


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