Invitation – Bay Pines VAHCS Homeless Summits November 17, 2017 (Northern) and December 5, 2017 (Southern)

Dear Community Partners,

Many of you already received an invitation about our Homeless Summit event scheduled for our northern service area on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. As communicated previously, the event will take place in our building 20 auditorium located at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Click here to view our campus map and driving directions.  If you have not already RSVP’d for the event, you can do so now by visiting: RSVP deadline for this event is tomorrow, Nov. 9, 2017.

For those of you receiving this information for the first time, please know that we have added a second Homeless Summit for partners in our southern service area. This event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at the Dr. Carrie Robinson Center located at 2990 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  To RSVP for our Southern Homeless Summit, please visit: RSVP deadline for this event is Monday, Nov. 27, 2017.

The purpose of the Homeless Summit is to streamline and expand services to homeless Veterans through increased collaboration between the VA and the community. We are proud of the work that has been put forth in providing services to our Nation’s heroes. Every Veteran has a unique story, and every Veteran deserves for their story to be heard in order to have their needs met.

The summit agenda will focus on tools providers can utilize to engage Veterans in meaningful therapeutic interventions and activities. Connecting Veterans to wrap-around services that support housing sustainment will also be discussed. Light refreshments will be provided.

For questions, or to request additional information, please contact Dr. Lisa Harmon at or call 727-398-6661 extension 17552.  A follow-up email acknowledging your reservation will be provided to those who RSVP for the event.

Thank you for your support of the VA’s mission to end Veteran homelessness.


Robert Larson, LCSW Acting Chief, Social Work Service Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

About Jeff Cavanagh

Jeff Cavanagh spent his freshman year at St. Petersburg Junior College back in the early 70s before enlisting in the United States Navy. Soon after, he attended Jacksonville University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. After college, he was commissioned and became a qualified Surface Warfare Officer spending the next 22 years honing his skills as a ship-handler and expert recruiter before retiring in 1994. Jeff expresses a deep sense of pride in St. Petersburg College due to connections that go back many years. His father, Tom Cavanagh, was a career Air Force fighter pilot and combat veteran who taught Geography and Western Civilization at St. Petersburg Junior College in the 60’s and 70’s.

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