April 16, 2024
An aerial view of Stand Down 2023.

With an estimated 1,000 homeless veterans residing in San Diego County, it’s essential for a area with a big navy presence to have a company, and neighborhood, that helps and serves those that have served others.

It’s maybe why greater than 3,000 volunteers participated in Stand Down 2023. Hosted in July by Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), this three-day occasion was designed to supply homeless veterans, and people liable to homelessness, entry to specialists and providers that may assist take away obstacles brought on by medical, authorized, psychological well being, and substance use considerations.

Cox Enterprise, a longtime supporter of veterans and a companion of VVSD, stepped up for the eighth 12 months in a row to help Stand Down.

Like a circus tent that abruptly pops up one morning and vanishes once more at the hours of darkness of the evening, Cox Enterprise technicians spent the prior week quietly constructing short-term WiFi entry factors within the parking zone of the Pechanga Enviornment. The technicians strung cables from mild pole to mild pole and put in vital community infrastructure. This meticulous work delivered dependable, quick web service to all members of Stand Down 2023 and strengthened the significance of native partnerships.

Aiming excessive

In earlier years, Cox Enterprise offered the Stand Down occasion with easy, safe web connections using cable modem activated WiFi. This allowed distributors and VVSD staff on-line entry. The 2023 occasion was completely different.

“Yearly, we take part on this occasion and get them connectivity,” mentioned Malcom Dykes, subject operations supervisor. “However that is the primary 12 months that we supplied the expanded WiFi for your complete venue.”

With extra veterans in attendance and expanded assets to fulfill their altering wants, the scale of Stand Down 2023 was significantly bigger than previously. Contributors have been supplied haircuts, authorized providers, employment alternatives, medical and dental providers, leisure, meals, and way more.

In anticipation of the elevated demand on the short-term WiFi service, enterprise expertise technicians Stephen Cox and Caleb Alarid labored with VVSD to give you the perfect design to accommodate not simply the distributors, however the attendees, as nicely.

The Cox Enterprise crew remained onsite all through the weekend to supply technical help.

“The crew that was onsite went above and past to guarantee that we had the whole lot we wanted, and that programs have been all the time up and working,” mentioned occasion organizer Teresa Miller. “Stand Down was an unimaginable, emotional expertise for all of us. Seeing all of it come collectively, it was simple to see how a lot our neighborhood cares in regards to the veterans we serve. It was an accomplishment to supply providers for over 550 veterans and their households.”

Cox Enterprise account supervisor Josh Bartels mirrored on this 12 months’s occasion as the perfect but in Cox Enterprise’s lengthy partnership with VVSD.

“To have the ability to construct knowledgeable stage, managed WiFi answer able to dealing with 500 individuals — all connecting on the identical time — was large,” Bartels mentioned.