Standing Up for Homeless Veterans

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


The Central Ohio Veteran Stand Down is an event to provide supplies and services to homeless veterans in the area.


Cosmetology students volunteered their time to give haircuts to these veterans.Today, 20 members of the Ohio Basement Authority team volunteered at the 2016 Central Ohio Homeless Veterans Stand Down. This event was held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center downtown. For more than 20 years, the goal of Stand Down has been to provide free services to any veteran who does not own property. These services include medical, housing, child care, employment, food, toiletries, clothing, and haircuts. They were given a star at each booth, and once they had them all, they were able to receive a free pair of Rocky Boots, which are durable and warm for the winter.

Matt helped serve lunch to volunteers and veterans.

Ohio Basement Authority participated last year, where the program saw 550 veterans attend for these free services and supplies. This year, there were about 700 veterans in attendance.

Our Matt Wojciechowski said he enjoyed his time helping people today.

“It was great talking to everyone and seeing them smile," he said.

"Everyone had a story," added Production Office Manager Brandie Koehler, who said she also loved talking to all of the veterans.

External Marketing Coordinator Jacalyn Brown and I volunteered in the personal shopping section. At this station, veterans were able to select hats, scarves, shirts, pants, coats, and personal hygiene supplies. Jacalyn and I, as well as the other volunteers, worked with individual veterans to help them pick things out that would keep them warm in the coming months, and match their fashion style.

Jacalyn & me gearing up to start helping homeless veterans pick out clothes.

One visitor in particular stood out to me. When I asked what he was looking for, he said, “Anything. I just need to stay warm.” He was so excited to have a choice of color in the hand-knitted hat section. He couldn’t decide between a red and blue striped one and a brown and orange one. As he was a Cleveland Browns fan, he chose the latter. Then, we made our way over to the large selection of coats and blazers. Being a football fan, he was also thrilled to find ta Super Bowl XLVII puffer coat. It would keep him warm in the months to come and allow him to represent his favorite sport. He walked off to the next station with his bags full and a smile on his face.

Our other volunteers manned the Rocky Boots section, helped serve lunch, and passed out stickers and directed people in the medical section. We all stepped in when others needed help. We worked hard to make sure things went smoothly and that these veterans received the help that they needed and the services they deserved.



our service area

We serve the following areas

  • Ava
  • Barlow
  • Bartlett
  • Belle Valley
  • Belpre
  • Beverly
  • Buffalo
  • Byesville
  • Caldwell
  • Cambridge
  • Coal Run
  • Coolville
  • Cumberland
  • Cutler
  • Derwent
  • Dexter City
  • Fairview
  • Fleming
  • Graysville
  • Hockingport
  • Kimbolton
  • Kipling
  • Little Hocking
  • Long Bottom
  • Lore City
  • Lowell
  • Lower Salem
  • Macksburg
  • Marietta
  • Mcconnelsville
  • New Concord
  • New Matamoras
  • Newport
  • Old Washington
  • Pleasant City
  • Portland
  • Quaker City
  • Reedsville
  • Reno
  • Salesville
  • Sarahsville
  • Senecaville
  • Stockport
  • Summerfield
  • Tuppers Plains
  • Vincent
  • Waterford
  • Watertown
  • Whipple
  • Wingett Run
Our Locations:

Ohio Basement Authority
911 Stelzer Road
Columbus, OH 43219
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