Holistic Massage School Supports ‘Stand Down’ Event for Homeless Veterans


“The ‘Stand Down’ event for homeless veterans was modeled after the Stand Down concept used during the Vietnam War” said Paula Curtiss, Founding Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (HHSHH). “The Stand Down concept allowed battle-weary soldiers to get time-away from the battle-field to renew their spirit, health and overall sense of well-being in a safe retreat. There, soldiers could unwind, take care of personal hygiene, obtain clean uniforms, enjoy warm meals, receive medical and dental care, and enjoy the camaraderie of friends. Today’s ‘Stand Down’ events, offer street-weary homeless veterans a similar ‘safe-retreat’.  Not a hand-out, but more a hand-up, homeless Veterans are provided VA benefits, shelter, meal services, psychological counseling, legal services, integrative medicine, and employment/job counseling and other services to help them get off the streets and back on their feet. 

Stand Down 2016


Healing Hands Massage Therapy student Austin Robles, seen here with co-student Nancy Taylor worked tirelessly on over 52 Veterans during the 3 day event that took place during a SoCal heat-wave!


The recent Stand Down coordinated by the San Diego Veterans Village took place from Friday, July 23, to Sunday July 25th 2016 in San Diego.  Staff Instructor, Sandra Christie, attended the event along with several volunteer Massage Therapy students from HHSHH.  Together, Instructor and students provided hundreds of therapeutic massages to Veterans during the three day event.   

 “According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, these Stand Down events are recognized as the most valuable outreach tool for homeless veterans in the nation”, said Paula.  “Today, I’d like to thank all Healing Hands Student volunteers for the generous donation of their time, compassion, and therapeutic touch for the homeless veterans who attended this year.  I’m sure the veterans appreciated your efforts and trust the event proved to be an enriching experience for you as well.  A special thanks to Sandra Christie, the Staff Instructor who inspired our students to participate and handled logistics for the group”, she added.

Volunteering for a Stand Down is a great way to show homeless veterans how much we appreciate their service and sacrifice.  To volunteer your Massage Therapy services for a future Stand Down event in Orange County, call HHSHH at (949) 305-2722 and ask to be added to the volunteers list.   For more information about HHSHH or the more than 80 Massage therapy and Holistic Health courses we offer, visit us online at www.HealingHandsSchool.com.