VENTURA COUNTY STAND DOWN
     2017 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

PUBLIC
DEFENDERS
LEGAL
COUNSELING
REGISTRATION/
ADMINISTRATION,
VETERAN BENEFIT SVCS
MEDICAL
FOOD COORDINATOR RESIDENT FIRST SERGEANTS ON-SITE ACTIVITIES EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING
ENTERTAINMENT/
AMBIANCE
TOILETRIES TRANSPORTATION ADOPT-A-VETERAN
PROGRAM
SECURITY GROUNDS COMMITTEE CLOTHING VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

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FOUNDER & DIRECTOR

Claire L. Hope-Farmer
1372 El Lazo Court
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 987-3118
Cell: (805) 630-2431
Email: clhope@aol.com

1.  SUPERIOR COURT

Judge Pro-Tem Nancy Aronson
800 S. Victoria
Ventura, CA  93003
(805)642-2801
Email: ndaesq@aol.com

Since so many of the homeless veterans have outstanding warrants which inhibits their ability to get back on their feet, we are able to provide veterans with a Superior Court that is erected at the Stand Down site on Friday afternoon. Veterans are given the opportunity to adjudicate their pending legal cases before a volunteer judge who in lieu of fine or jail time, order them to participate in community service at the Stand Down site.  This Committee Chair is further responsible for the coordination of lawyers, clerks, public defenders, and judges necessary for the court.

Jodi Prior
Supervising Attorney of the Ventura Superior Court Self-Help Legal Access Center
(805) 654-3879
Email: Jodi.Prior@ventura.courts.ca.gov

PUBLIC DEFENDERS

Public Defender’s Office
800 S. Victoria, Suite 207
Ventura, CA 93009

Rod Kodman, Chief Deputy Public Defender
(805) 654-3041
Email: Rod.Kodman@ventura.org

Yasmin Morrison, Public Defender
Sentencing Specialist
(805) 654-3031
Email: Yasmin.Morrison@ventura.org

Andre Nintcheff, Supervising Deputy Public Defender
(805) 662-6705
Email: Andre.Nintcheff@ventura.org

Christine McPherson, On-site Paralegal/Law Clerk
(805) 654-3014
Email: Christine.McPherson@ventura.org

Desiree’ Figueroa, Paralegal/Law Clerk
Gloria Lopez, Paralegal/Law Clerk
Martin Kreman, On-site Certified Law Clerk
Samantha Brignoni, On-site Certified Law Clerk
Giulia Moore, On-site Certified Law Clerk

Daniel Ledezma, On-site Certified Law Clerk

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2. LEGAL COUNSELING

J. Roger Myers, Attorney
P.O. Box 7209
Ventura, CA 93006
(805) 644-7188
Fax (805) 644-7390
Email: jrmyers@wmgjlaw.com

In addition to the Superior Court on Friday afternoon, veterans are provided with free legal counseling during the weekend.  Post Stand Down follow-up appointments are made for homeless veterans whose legal challenges cannot be met during the three-day event.

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3. REGISTRATION/ADMINISTRATION,
VETERANS BENEFITS/SERVICES

Hal Nachenberg, (Retired)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
739 High Point Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 644-2233
Cell (805) 340-4281
Email: dnatch@hotmail.com

In order to properly verify the veteran status of each participant and to help them to access the services he or she needs, it is necessary to register each veteran for the event. The US Department of Veterans Affairs brings in their computers and verifies that the homeless person is in fact a veteran. The VA answers questions posed by the veterans with regard to their pensions, VA services, financial assistance, and eligibility for VA programs.This assists Stand Down in gathering data on the veteran and identifying which services are the most important to the veteran, and to ensure that the veteran has access to all needed services. Pre-registration is available before the event, or the veteran can register at the gate when he or she arrives at the Stand Down.  The coordinator of the Registration Committee works closely with the agencies that serve the homeless to get as many veterans pre-registered as possible.  Effective pre-registration also depends on the veteran outreach plan as designed by committee staff.

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4. MEDICAL

Maria Isabel Sanchez-Savala, TSgt, USAF ANG
Unit Training Manager
146th Medical Group
107 Mulcahey Dr.
Channel Islands ANGS, CA 93041-4000
Cell: (805) 205-5114
Email: savala611@msn.com

Basic medical screenings and evaluations are made available to all veterans to determine immediate medical needs and whether any emergency care is war¬ranted.  Volunteer medical staff is prepared to administer first-aid and have adequate supplies on hand to do so.  Medical Services include:
•    Basic medical and chiropractic screening with onsite minor treatment and care
•    First aid (three days of continued coverage)
•    Optometry examinations and prescription lenses
•    Podiatry
•    Dental screening and dental care
•    Psychological counseling
•    Medical emergencies are transported to an off-site facilityPhysical examinations, dental exams, optometry evaluations, and podiatry evaluations are the cornerstone of Stand Down. Foot ailments, skin abrasions, sunburns, and dental problems are the most common complaints among the population of veterans who are homeless.

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5. FOOD COORDINATOR

Fran Wheatley                                Co-Chair:  Warren Wheatley
553 Stoney Creek Court
Simi Valley, CA 93065
Phone: (805) 404-0941
Email: wizofoz40@sbcglobal.net

The food coordinator arranges for the provision of food and beverage service for participants and staff for Friday-Sunday time period.  The meals are served “chow- line” style. Meals are left up to the discretion of the meal providers.

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6. RESIDENT FIRST SERGEANTS

David Forney
129 Heavenly Valley Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Phone: (805) 207-6535
Email: dforney1949@gmail.com

Joseph Galante
805-368-5512
Email: joegalante@roadrunner.com

Each Resident First Sergeant is responsible for supervising tent leaders, ensuring the safety and welfare of all veteran residents, and that all rules and regulations governing Stand Down are adhered to. He also ensures residents are aware of and receive all services available to them.

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7. ON-SITE ACTIVITIES

Position Open

A volunteer works on stage and directs the veterans by tents to various services such as clothing, showers, meals, and various on-site activities. He/she is notified via radio if any veteran needs to be seen by medical personnel, nursing, legal, etc.

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8. EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING

David Navarrete

America’s Job Center of California Building
Employment Development Department
2901 N. Ventura Rd., Third Floor
Oxnard, CA 93036
Phone:  (805) 288-8400
Fax::  (805) 278-2799
Email: david.navarrete@edd.ca.gov

Daniel Venegas
(805) 288-2400
Email: Daniel.Venegas@edd.ca.gov

This Committee organizes the efforts of several local agencies that provide employment counseling to the homeless so those who are emotionally and physically able to work are given guidance as to how to go about securing employment.  If economic conditions within the county permit, job referrals are a reality and are done on site.  Workshops on job searching techniques are also helpful.

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9. ENTERTAINMENT/AMBIANCE

Dr. Cal Farmer, Chair Emeritus Veterans Committee
California Employer Advisory Council
1372 El Lazo Court
Camarillo, CA 93012
(310) 713-3276
Email: clhope@aol.com

The Ambiance Committee sets the mood for Stand Down… they are the “Goodwill Ambassadors of Stand Down.”  They welcome the veterans to Stand Down, arrange for entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening, and take care of personal needs the veterans have.  Staff also provides game boards and recreational equipment for the veterans who wish to relax during off-hours. Stamped non-addressed envelopes are distributed to the veterans so that they can write a letter if they chose to do so. On Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, veterans are offered the opportunity to speak on an open mike where they share their experiences at Stand Down.

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10. TOILETRIES

Madeline Lee
American Legion Auxiliary #741
1720 Marco Drive
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 482-5402
Cell (805) 795-1013
Email: mrsmlee1@verizon.net

The coordinator gathers various toiletry items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body creams, etc.  On Sunday prior to the veterans leaving the Stand Down, each is given a comfort kit.  The kits include various toiletry items such as shaving equipment, toothbrush, toothpaste, information packets, and anything else the committee has on hand that might improve the welfare of the homeless veteran.  Haircuts and showers are provided during the three-day weekend.

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11. TRANSPORTATION

Carl Lanterman
(805) 630-8110
Email: carl.silverstrand@gmail.com

Thousand Oaks Elks Lodge #2477
2330 Los Feliz Rd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Various locations are identified throughout the Counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles Counties where the veterans are picked up and transported to the Stand Down site. Simply put, the job of the transportation committee is to figure out the best way to transport the homeless veterans from wherever they are to the Stand Down.  The Committee is prepared to coordinate and utilize the capabilities of the local bus and transit companies, the VA, the shuttle vans used by the homeless coalitions, and other organizations.  The transportation committee also works with the VA and various social service agencies to identify strategic locations around the various counties that are used as pick-up locations.  In short, the Transportation Committee finds the most accommodating method to get our veterans out to Stand Down as well as their pre-event location after Stand Down.

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12. ADOPT-A-VETERAN PROGRAM

Bob Harper
Thousand Oaks VFW Post 11395
1684 Sweet Briar Place
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805)     889-7860
Email: rch43@verizon.net

The VFW Post #11395, Thousand Oaks, provides post Stand Down assistance to those veterans who need a helping hand beyond the Stand Down event.

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13. SECURITY

Joseph Galante
(805) 368-5512
Email: joegalante@roadrunner.com

The Security Chairperson ensures that the Stand Down event runs smoothly and that all volunteers and veterans are safe from unexpected disruption.

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14. GROUNDS COMMITTEE

Gary Erland
Thousand Oaks VFW Post 11395
1744 Sweet Briar
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
(805) 241-4671
Cell (818) 292-1801
E-mail: gerland77@aol.com

(Tents, electrical, phones, sanitation)
The Grounds Committee is responsible for the layout of the tents, the public address system, telephone hook-ups, adequate electrical outlets for computers and machinery, running water, emergency vehicle access to the site, and sanitation.  Staff is further responsible for ensuring that the Stand Down site is clean and a properly functioning base of operations for the three days.  The Committee coordinator stays in close contact with the coordinators of each committee to ensure there is adequate number of tents, chairs, tables, trash dumpsters, signs, wires, string, etc….and to ensure that the site’s accommodations are properly functioning… e.g. rest rooms open, water running, gates open, parking available.

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15. CLOTHING

Connie Biggers
158 La Plaza
Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-5033
Email: cgobigred@att.net

The clothing coordinator is responsible for the collection and distribution of clothes to the homeless veterans.  Each veteran receives a fresh set of clothing when they arrive and a new pair of tennis shoes. The Committee staff sorts the clothes and categorizes them by size for easy distribution.

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16. VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Shirley Forney
129 Heavenly Valley Road
Newbury Park, CA 91320
Phone: (805) 573-3158
Email: shirleyforney23@gmail.com

No reservations are needed to volunteer.  See Volunteers on the Home page menu.
Volunteers sign in at the front gate and are assigned to specific areas at the Stand Down site where needed.  All volunteers check in for wrist bands to identify them as volunteers, before passing through the gates to the Stand Down.


 

 

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