Homeless Stand-Down

A major push is underway in Valdosta to put an end to homelessness. Organizers hope the event isn't a one time deal.

The Lowndes County Civic Center was packed Saturday with dozens of agencies all working to end homelessness in the region.

"We're trying to get the veterans in touch with the services that are available to them to help them come out of homelessness. We've decided to expand this to include all homeless people and any low income individuals or families," said Chad Thomas with the 30 Club.

Folks attending this resource fair could get career advice from the Georgia Department of Labor, free personal hygiene products, and even get a free haircut.

Advocates for the homeless say they realize this is just a one day event, but they're hoping folks will realize help is available around our region throughout the year, especially from the different agencies taking part in this event.

"We have homeless people in Valdosta all year long, and it’s not just the visible one or two that you see, but because this is a nice climate, there are people living in invisible places and they still need to come into town and get a job," added Jane Osborne, the 211 assistant director.

Thanks to community support from several areas including charities and private businesses, this resource fair can give people a new sense of hope for their future.

"I'm very proud of the Valdosta community for supporting this effort," added Thomas.

It’s an effort which could help change lives for the better. Organizers say despite the success, more of these fairs must be held to meet the local need.