Published: Jan 31, 2014 7:20 AM EST
Updated: Jan 31, 2014 10:45 AM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Lee County Homeless Coalition is sponsoring the fourteenth Annual Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down. Stand Down is a military term referring to an opportunity to achieve a brief respite from combat. Troops would assemble in a base camp to receive a variety of services. The event brings together volunteers and local agencies to provide the homeless and veteran populations in Lee County with access to essential goods and services such as food, hygiene kits, backpacks, flu shots and health screenings, haircuts, counseling and information on veterans benefits.

During the event, the Lee County Homeless Coalition will conduct their Annual Homeless Census to identify the number of sheltered and unsheltered individuals and families in Lee County. The purpose is to count and gather information to allow service providers to target services to meet the specific needs of the local homeless.

The stand down takes place Saturday, Feb. 1, from 8:45 a.m. until Noon at the City of Palms Stadium located at 2201 Edison Ave, Fort Myers

The Homeless Service Day and Veterans Stand Down will include remarks by Lee County Homeless Coalition executive director, Janet Bartos, presentation of colors by American Legion Post 38 and invocation by Pastor Chuck Smith from the Broadway Community Church. A number of agencies and civic organizations committed tosupporting the needs and services of the homeless will also be in attendance.