Welcome to Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas

7901 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD 20706


Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas inspire self-sufficiency, dignity, and hope by providing critical health and human services to thousands of vulnerable individuals and families across Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and the Carolinas. As one of the largest affiliates, we strategically design and locally deliver evidence-based programs to our communities’ most pressing needs.


Behavioral Health

We provide 24-hour residential supports based on individual need, independent housing with supportive services, medication management, group therapy, counseling, community support, and referral and assistance with the activities for daily living to individuals living with severe mental health issues.

Homelessness & Supported Housing

We provide year-round shelter and housing-focused case management, education training, job training, referral services, behavioral health treatment services and more to men, women, and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Community Corrections

Since 1976, our Residential Re-entry Center (RRC) program has been providing the kind of structured and community-based support returning citizens need to effectively transition back into society.

Substance Use Recovery

We offer recovery and non-medical detoxification services designed to assist individuals suffering from addiction who desire a clean, safe, and healing environment to overcome the hold of substance abuse.

A father reading book to his little daughter with Down syndrome when sitting on bed at home.

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

We support individuals living with an intellectual or developmental disability by providing safe, supportive housing and person-centered services including in-home support, crisis stabilization and life skills training.

Veteran Services

We offer a variety of community-based services to help veterans and their families achieve housing stability, including case management, transportation to jobs, crisis intervention, mental health referrals, and income support.


A world where all people live in safety, with social, emotional, and physical well-being, spiritual fulfillment, justice, and hope.


Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas empower self-reliance and inspires hope. As a church without walls, we do this through personalized housing, ministry, health, and human services that benefit vulnerable individuals, their families and the community.

Maud and Ballington Booth with President of US

A history of Reaching and Uplifting.

Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas is a faith-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to empower self-reliance and inspire hope. As a church without walls, we do this through personalized housing, ministry, health, and human services that benefit vulnerable individuals, their families, and the community.

Volunteers of America was founded in 1896 by social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth. They envisioned a movement dedicated to “reaching and uplifting” the American people. On behalf of the organization, the Booths pledged to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” That declaration continues to guide Volunteers of America’s outreach efforts today.


Volunteers of America is a Christian church without walls dedicated to serving ALL people. We embrace the fullness of cultural, denominational, ethnic, political, racial, and theological differences. We acknowledge and respect the plurality of sexual and gender identity; and the diversity of voices that comes with differences in age, life experiences, and socioeconomic status. We believe every individual is made in the image of God and deserves to be lifted up to the glory of God.

You help build a stronger, more vibrant community.

The men, women, veterans, and families in our programs have stories that have brought them to where they are today. Their stories all have something in common…you. With your support, you have become a part of their stories. You have ensured that the programs and services we provide are innovative, progressive, and healing. With your support, we can open the door to a better life for homeless children, adults, and veterans. Read how you impact lives every day.

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