Gainesville Harley-Davidson will hold its 21st Birthday Bash on Saturday, February 22, 2014, but area veterans will be the ones truly celebrating. All proceeds will benefit veterans’ services offered by Meridian. Both the funds and the awareness raised at Gainesville Harley-Davidson’s 21st Birthday Bash will help to support critical services for our area veterans. This family-friendly event is from 12 noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine. “If you’ve never been to a Gainesville Harley-Davidson event, think neighborhood block party,” said Emilee MacDonald, Gainesville Harley-Davidson marketing manager, “It’s fun for everyone, not just Harley owners and bikers. There’s plenty of parking, we have a great time, and the best part is that we get to support our community.”For years, Meridian has worked with thousands of people, including veterans, to improve their health and well-being through mental health and substance use disorder programs. More recently, Meridian began offering services specifically for veterans, such as VetBridge which provides homeless veterans transitional housing and supportive services at Meridian’s Sid Martin Bridge House, where they can stay up to six months in effort to gain permanent housing in the community.Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), Meridian’s newest program for veterans, works to provide sustainable housing to homeless and at-risk Veterans and their Families. Funded by a Veterans Affairs grant, the program was initially designed to help approximately 325 Veteran households locally. With SSVF, Meridian is focusing on housing stability, addressing homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing through a variety of supportive services. “I am excited that we have these programs that enabled Meridian to help Veterans,” said Richard Anderson, MHS, CAP, Meridian’s senior vice president, new business & specialty programs. “Now we need to spread the word that these services are available. We can’t thank Gainesville Harley-Davidson enough for choosing us for this event.”
Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431967747040605/. Make sure to say hi to our staff and pick up a referral card for any veteran families you may know.