• 125 Faces of VOA

For 125 years, Volunteers of America has worked on the frontlines of service to help countless people in need. During 2021, for our milestone anniversary, we will share the faces and stories of the varied people who have benefited from this work, as well as the many VOA workers who have dedicated themselves to service to others.

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    “At two months, he was diagnosed with leukemia and given just two weeks to live. With experimental chemotherapy, he survived.”

    Read Lenox's Story
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    “Who would have thought that something as simple as making a bed every day could be so life-changing?”

    Read Brittany's Story
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    “It has brought me great joy knowing I was able to have a positive impact on a young life.”

    Read Sasha's Story
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    “I was overwhelmed by the graciousness of the Puerto Rican residents we helped. In a senior facility with 240 elderly and disabled individuals, there were no complaints when we arrived, only thanks and warm smiles.”

    Read Barbara's Story
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    “For me, what I still find unbelievable is that I became homeless. I was educated and had a long work history.”

    Read Steve's Story
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    “When I played at Volunteers of America’s GolfStar Classic with my son, Tom, to support the VOA adoption program, few realized that we were far more invested in the program than others.”

    Read Boyd's Story
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    “I’ve always loved helping people. Having been in a situation where I had to depend on others has made me more determined to continue to help people as much as I can.”

    Read James' Story
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    “I was thinking that it would be easy to get back on my feet. It wasn’t that easy.”

    Read Ralph's Story
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    Wayne Miller

    “Treatment is for a season, but God and recovery are for a lifetime.”

    Read Wayne's Story
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    Pastor Al

    “I was the first ex-con to be allowed Chaplaincy at the same prison that locked me up for years.”

    Read Pastor Al's Story
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    “This time around I saw I needed help and eventually sought out the help for myself because it was the first time I felt people around me genuinely wanted to see me win.”

    Read Charmaine's Story
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    “The hospital staff tells me that I have a great, positive attitude. The staff and nurses made me a special ‘Best Patient Award’.”

    Read Wayne's Story
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    “Every day, I’m helping women just like me. As the Intake Specialist, I’m like the front door. And I can relate to people because I’ve been there.”

    Read Christina's Story
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    “Getting the chance to help others makes me feel truly blessed every day.”

    Read Lloyd's Story
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    “This just shows how the things we do outside of our own paid professions can contribute to our preparedness at work.”

    Read Sheila's Story
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    “I did not go home to my family for over 2 months, just because I wanted to keep them safe. I’ve missed my loved ones and my home.”

    Read Kelly's Story
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    Holland Family

    “I’m so grateful that we trusted our gut and started fostering the twins as babies because they gave us our forever family.”

    Read the Hollands' Story
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    “When I finally told some of my friends that I lived in a shelter, they couldn’t believe it. I thought they’d see me as an outcast but they didn’t.”

    Read Didi's Story