Out of the Shadows
Stories From Those We've Helped
“When I was in the Army, every day was planned out. You knew exactly what your job was, what you were to do. You were housed, fed and followed orders. Life became more complicated when I got out of the service. I sometimes felt guilt and depression for my part in Desert Storm.
There were some rough times, and when my son and I became homeless, we ended up in a shelter. A VA caseworker referred me to Volunteers of America. Now I am back on my feet. I am in my own home. I feel safe and secure now. I am still very proud to have served my country, and thank every veteran I meet for their service, too.” — Judy
“I didn’t know what to expect on my way to Camp Hope. But when I got there, it really felt comforting to be with other kids who had gone through the same traumatic things I went through. It was good to find out the things that happened in my family weren’t my fault.
The Volunteers of America camp helped me find the right perspective. I want to go back to school now, and become a school counselor to help other kids like me, or someday work for Volunteers of America. I really want to help others.” — Brad
“Without Volunteers of America, I don’t know what I would have done. They gave more assistance than anyone in helping me move forward with my life. They provided counseling for me, and my family. Now, I have a job and a home for my children. I love my kids. They are my world. Volunteers of America made it possible to keep us together.” — Tierra
“I think about the future a lot at my age, 71. I have tried to plan, but at my age you don’t have time to waste. I feel an overwhelming urgency to get things done for my grandkids now while I am here as their guardian.
It’s comforting to know that Volunteers of America is there for us. I love the organization and had it not been for them I don’t know what I would have done many times about food and clothing and Christmases. I feel so blessed Volunteers of America is there." — Mel
“My relationship with Ruth Ann is a special one. I have learned so much from her. She is legally blind and deaf, but you’d never know it. Her life is busy with work, friends and lots of outside activities. She likes to get up, make her bed and do as much as she can on her own. She is very independent.
My role as a Volunteers of America caregiver is to be there for her and fill in the blanks. Ruth Ann makes my job a joy. She has a great sense of humor and we laugh a lot. We are family.” — Shauna