With an estimated 1,000 homeless veterans residing in San Diego County, it’s vital for a area with a big army 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 offer homeless veterans, and people susceptible to homelessness, entry to specialists and companies that may assist take away obstacles attributable to medical, authorized, psychological well being, and substance use issues.
Cox Enterprise, a longtime supporter of veterans and a accomplice of VVSD, stepped up for the eighth yr in a row to assist Stand Down.
Like a circus tent that immediately pops up one morning and vanishes once more in the dead of night of the night time, Cox Enterprise technicians spent the prior week quietly constructing momentary WiFi entry factors within the parking zone of the Pechanga Area. The technicians strung cables from gentle pole to gentle pole and put in important community infrastructure. This meticulous work delivered dependable, quick web service to all members of Stand Down 2023 and bolstered the significance of native partnerships.
In earlier years, Cox Enterprise supplied the Stand Down occasion with easy, safe web connections using cable modem activated WiFi. This allowed distributors and VVSD workers on-line entry. The 2023 occasion was totally different.
“Yearly, we take part on this occasion and get them connectivity,” mentioned Malcom Dykes, subject operations supervisor. “However that is the primary yr that we provided the expanded WiFi for the whole venue.”
With extra veterans in attendance and expanded assets to satisfy their altering wants, the dimensions of Stand Down 2023 was significantly bigger than prior to now. Contributors had been provided haircuts, authorized companies, employment alternatives, medical and dental companies, leisure, meals, and way more.
In anticipation of the elevated demand on the momentary WiFi service, enterprise expertise technicians Stephen Cox and Caleb Alarid labored with VVSD to give you one of the best design to accommodate not simply the distributors, however the attendees, as properly.
The Cox Enterprise workforce remained onsite all through the weekend to offer technical assist.
“The workforce that was onsite went above and past to be sure that we had every thing we wanted, and that techniques had been at all times 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 straightforward to see how a lot our neighborhood cares concerning the veterans we serve. It was an accomplishment to offer companies for over 550 veterans and their households.”
Cox Enterprise account supervisor Josh Bartels mirrored on this yr’s occasion as one of the best but in Cox Enterprise’s lengthy partnership with VVSD.
“To have the ability to construct knowledgeable degree, managed WiFi resolution able to dealing with 500 folks — all connecting on the identical time — was enormous,” Bartels mentioned.