For the first time in five years, D.C. has experienced an increase in homelessness. The challenges related to accessing healthcare and social services compound the health risks faced by individuals experiencing homelessness and amplify the probability of negative health consequences. Homeless individuals frequently encounter obstacles in obtaining treatment and preventive care due to factors like lack of insurance, transportation, and affordability. Veterans living in VA nursing homes – called Community Living Centers (CLC) – are a particularly vulnerable population at high risk for complications. The Emery Low Barrier Shetler also provides 130 beds on a nightly basis, as well as access to case management services, showers, and food.
Operation Golden Shield will meet the immediate needs of the Veterans and residents at the Washington DC VA Medical Center’s Community Living Center and Emery Low Barrier Shelter by delivering a requested list of high-priority items in individually packed care packages. The OGS team will also facilitate a fun community event to energize the Vienna community around our mission.
Coalition for the Homeless
DC VAMC Community Living Center:
Emery Low Barrier Shelter
All vendor registration fees will be used to combat homelessness in the DC Metro area. Vendor booths are for a one-day occupancy on July 22nd at Vienna Presbyterian Chruch. Booths for artisans, retail vendors, political parties and candidates, professional groups, and community organizations are allowed.
Operation Golden Shield will be holding a collection event on Saturday, July 22 to collect and deliver requested high-priority items in individually packed care packages to Veterans experiencing homelessness at the DC VAMC Community Living Center and residents of the Emery Low Barrier Shelter.