Homeless Stand Down provides opportunities for homeless veterans

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dozens of homeless people were treated to a variety of opportunities Friday morning. The Macon Homeless Coalition held its annual Macon Homeless Stand Down.

“One gentleman today, said he came and just simply needed a pair of shoes. You know, just think about our lives,” said Jeff Battcher, Macon Homeless Coalition.

Battcher has made it a mission to help homeless people get back on their feet.

“We’ve got to find a way to battle this issue and this is a perfect thing to do here with this stand down, is to focus on the veterans, but then again help anybody else that needs help,” said Battcher.

The Macon Homeless Coalition partnered up with the Carl Vinson VA to bring resources all under one roof for those in need.

“A whole bunch of different volunteer groups have come in today from local churches, schools, and so all of them have come in today to assist as well, because we needed all of this help with all of the people that came in,” said Battcher.

The event provided hot meals, haircuts, and dental and health assistance.

“We think about the big things, we need to focus on the big things but a lot of times, just the basic simple things, like I need a pair of shoes, you know. So, that’s what we did today and that’s what I think we should be doing everyday,” said Battcher.

Friday’s event at Daybreak helped find homes for three veterans.