Family Stand Down Toolkit

How to Help, printed versions available

On any given night, nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Working with organizations across Indiana and the nation, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University is working to reduce that number.

MFRI’s Family Stand Down Manual is a guide communities can use to plan and produce their own Stand Down event. At these events, homeless or at-risk veterans and their families can receive food, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefit counseling, clothing, resume writing assistance and other services. Using this guide, your community can help veteran and military families manage the transitions and adjustments of civilian life. The guide contains explanations, procedures, schedules, spreadsheets, scripts, forms, flyers, grant application examples and letters. There is also information for volunteers and vendors. Additional information and documents are included in the appendix and online.

Get Involved

This year, MFRI community grants are supporting 17 Stand Downs that have served thousands of veterans and their families. (See table belowed)

The Family Stand Down Toolkit is available to you for free, but if you find the guide helpful and are inspired to help us do more of this kind of work, your $10 gift or more is greatly appreciated. Join with us and many other organizations to reduce veteran homelessness. Download and make a difference today!

2015 Stand Downs supported in part by MFRI small grants




Vanderburgh Homeless Connect/Stand Down

The Old National Events Plaza Evansville

Mar. 19

Elkhart Stand Down

2606 Peddlers Village Rd.


Aug. 1

Lake County Stand Down/ Gary/ Northwest Indiana Stand Down

6289 Industrial Highway, Gary

Aug. 21

Indianapolis Stand Down

AMVETS Post 99, 2840 Lafayette Rd.

Sept. 9

Allen/Fort Wayne Stand Down

2424 Fairfield Ave.

Fort Wayne

Sept. 18

Delaware/Muncie Stand Down

1725 S. Liberty St.


Sept. 25

Michiana Stand Down

333 W. Western Ave.

South Bend

Sept. 30

Grant/Marion Stand Down

123 Sutter Way


Oct. 2

Jeffersonville Stand Down IV (SIMSN)

Nachand Fieldhouse

601 East Court Ave.


Oct. 5

Louisville Homeless Connect & Veterans Stand Down

Louisville Salvation Army Louisville, IL

Oct. 7

Anderson Stand Down

630 Nichol Ave.


Oct. 9

Wayne County Stand Down/ Richmond Stand Down Kuhlman Center

860 Salisburg Rd.


Oct. 15

Bloomington Stand Down

1800 W 3rd St.


Oct. 22

Columbus Stand Down

Columbus National Guard Armory Columbus

Oct. 29

Howard/Kokomo Stand Down

920 N. Washington St.


Nov. 6

Tippecanoe County Stand Down Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds

1010 Teal Rd.


Nov. 7

Terre Haute Second Annual Stand Down

3612 Maple Ave.

Terre Haute

Nov. 14