Homeless Stand Down

April 26, 2025


Cleveland Public Auditorium

A one-day event providing essential goods and services to those experiencing homelessness in our community. 

Stand Down is a military term for a secure base camp where battle-weary soldiers were provided with beds, showers, clean clothes, warm meals, medical care, and letters from home. 

Today, the Homeless Stand Down provides people experiencing homelessness, many of whom are veterans, with necessary resources, respite from the elements, and reconnection to the community. 

BVU is honored to oversee the event as of 2020.


 Join us in supporting our neighbors in need.

Donations are accepted year-round for the Homeless Stand Down.
Want to help another way? Stay tuned for more details for getting involved with the 2025 event. 

Click the video to check out our feature on WKYC!


On April 20, 2024, over 900 guests received access to social service providers, haircuts, medical screenings, professional portraits, hot food, bagged meals, personal hygiene kits, bus passes, and more.


For inquiries about volunteering or donating goods, reach out to Rob Zaremsky at rzaremsky@bvuvolunteers.org.

For inquiries about providing resources or services, please contact Ann Cancelliere at acancelliere@bvuvolunteers.org.


Event sponsors make the Homeless Stand Down possible. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities here.

Presenting Sponsor

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Supporting Sponsors

Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Jewish News
Community West Foundation
First Presbyterian Church in Cleveland
Jones Day
Meaden & Moore
Thompson Hine LLP


Nonprofit & Community Partners

2100 Lakeside / LMM
ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga Counts
Adrienne Stemen Insoles
Aetna Medicare Insurance Company
AIDS Healthcare Foundation
AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
American Red Cross
AmeriHealth Caritas Ohio
Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple
Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Art Therapy Studio
Assurance Wireless
Bellefaire JCB
Buckeye Health Plan
Care Alliance Health Center
Case Western Reserve University Kramer Law Clinic
Cleveland Alzheimer’s Research Center (CWRU)
Church of the Gesu
City of Cleveland
City of Cleveland Department of Public Health
Cleveland Church of Christ
Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute
Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center Institute
Cleveland Clinic Women’s Health
Cleveland Emergency Medical Service
Cleveland Kids’ Book Bank
Cleveland Photographic Society
Cleveland Public Library
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Cleveland Sober Living For Women
Cleveland VA Wade Park
Cleveland Vet Center
College Now
Community Church of Chesterland
Community Medical Services
Community Service Alliance
Cuyahoga County Board of Elections
Cuyahoga County Public Defender’s Office
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission
Cuyahoga Jobs and Family Services

DeHart Works
Department of VA, National Cemetery Administration
Department of VA, Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
Dress for Success Cleveland
East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
Eaton Corporation
Educational Opportunities Center @ Tri-C
Famicos Foundation
Front Steps Housing and Services
Frontline Service & FS SSVF Program
Garfield Heights United Methodist Church
Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Greater Cleveland RTA
Hear in Cleveland
Heart & Soles Ministries
Homeless Hookup
Hope World Wide
Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
Literacy in the HOOD
Medical Mutual
Medina United Methodist Church
MedWish International
Meryma’at Barber College
Metanoia Project
Molina Health Care
Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
NAMI Greater Cleveland
National Council for Jewish Women (NCJW)
Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH)
Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services (NEON)
Norma Herr Women’s Center
North Olmsted Junior Women’s Club
North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center
Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA)
North Star Neighborhood Reentry Resource Center
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Ohio Means Jobs Cleveland
OhioGuidestone Workforce 360

Old Stone Church
Oriana House / Cuyahoga County Diversion Center
OWD/Veteran Workforce Services
Parma-South Presbyterian Church
Passionate House of Change
PCs for People
Peace Lutheran Church
Philippine Nurses Association of Ohio
Positively Empowering and Restoring Ladies Self Esteem
Pride Among Daughters & Sisters (PADS)
Seasons of Hope
Seryrell’s Food Products LLC
Shadybrook, Inc.
Shoes & Clothes for Kids

Stand Up For Kids
Step Forward
The Centers
The City Mission
The Cleveland Grays
The Salvation Army
The Urban Barber Association (TUBA)
United Way of Greater Cleveland
University Hospitals
University Hospitals Cutler Center for Men
University Hospitals Department of Dermatology
University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center
VA Medical Center
VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System
VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System Pharmacy Department
Veterans Benefits Administration
Village of Healing and Village of Healing Center
Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana
We Think 4 A Change
West Park United Church of Christ
West Side Catholic Center
ZenWorks Yoga