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VOA Southeast Hosts Community Christmas Drive

Mobile, AL (November 2, 2020) – For over 30 years, VOA Southeast (VOASE) has hosted a community-wide Christmas drive to support local low-income families, at-risk youth, people with special needs, seniors, and the homeless. Along with WALA Fox 10, VOASE focuses outreach throughout the greater Mobile area and beyond to create 10 Caring Gifts. Supporters can choose from 10 different gift options to donate and VOASE ensures donations are put into the hands of those truly in need.

“Without the generous efforts of our community business partners, Christmas would be less than magical for these children and families,” said Wallace Davis, President and CEO of VOASE.  “We are truly grateful for 30 years of community support and look forward to helping people again this year.”

In addition to serving people in direct programs, VOASE partners with the Department of Human Resources, local non-profit service agencies, churches, and guidance counselors in schools to distribute the gifts. Gifts are collected and distributed directly in the community.

The 10 gifts are listed below. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, VOASE is requesting new gifts or monetary donations. Gifts can be dropped off at VOASE’s corporate office located at 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL, 36695, M-F 8am-4:30pm. Online cash donations can be made at www.voase.org/donate and will go to help those with the greatest needs during this holiday season. For more information contact Amanda Gonzales at agonzales@voase.org.

10 Caring Gifts

  • Toys for the Holidays
  • Food for the Holidays
  • Pennies for Patriots
  • Caring Kits
  • School Supplies
  • Coats/Jackets
  • Warm Hands, Warm Hearts
  • Baby Bundles
  • Blankets
  • Cash Gift

Help VOA Southeast through our New Partnership:

 “TIMELY”
adjective: timely;

  1. done or occurring at a favorable or useful time; opportune.

“Timely” is the perfect word to describe our new partnership with Bid4aCause!

This partnership allows you to donate personal or real property to be sold with a large portion of the proceeds to benefit VOA! Timing has never been more important – and while cash may be in short supply, we all have “stuff” that we can put to work supporting VOA Southeast.

To find out more about how your donation of personal or real property can help VOA Southeast, please visit www.Bid4aCause.com or call 205.966.8114.

VOA Southeast’s Statement on our Response to Virus COVID-19

Mobile, AL, March 17, 2020—Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) is an organization dedicated to helping people thrive and live strong, healthy lives. As such, we take the threat posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) extremely seriously, especially among residents in our care. The safety of the people we serve and staff remains our primary concern. We understand new viruses like this can be worrisome and it’s important to be prepared. We continue to follow updates from local health departments and the CDC to keep up with any new information.

Because of the severity of the situation, we are taking steps to help slow the spread of the virus and protect our employees, our communities and those we serve directly. This includes restricting access to our group homes, apartment complexes, and office buildings to a limited number of staff and those who have a critical need to enter. Staff members across our organization who do not provide direct client services have been instructed to work remotely until further notice.

All day care centers have been closed.  Our Community Enrichment Centers will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18. Our staff is working diligently to stock up on the necessary items needed to care for the people we serve.  “We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the people in our care as well as the staff who look after them each day. As always, our focus is to ensure safety as we continue providing services with minimal disruption,” said Wallace Davis, President and CEO of VOASE.

The financial strain to our organization is growing with this pandemic. We are asking our supporters and friends to consider an online donation to help us continue our services to the 2,000 people we serve each day throughout our region. Visit
www.voase.org/donate. Your gift will be used to cover expenses like food, hygiene products, paper products, and sanitizer for our group homes and apartment complexes.  Any amount is greatly appreciated and stays right here in your community.

Volunteers Restore Hope by Building Ramps for those with Disabilities

Imagine being trapped in your home, cut off from the outside world.

That, unfortunately, is the sad reality for people with disabilities who live in homes that are not wheelchair-friendly. However, some volunteers on the Coast are helping hundreds of people regain their freedom by building wheelchair ramps.

Volunteers with Volunteers of America Southeast and the Jackson County Baptist Association were hard at work Friday morning building a wheelchair ramp at a Vancleave home.

Read More HERE

Volunteers of America Alabama Achieves CQL Person-Centered Excellence Accreditation

Dr. Wallace T. Davis, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Alabama (VOA),
today announced that VOA has been awarded the four‐year Person‐Centered Excellence
Accreditation from CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. This award confirms that the
organization embraces person‐centered solutions to improve the quality of life for people
receiving supports and services.

Read More HERE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AWARDS GRANTS TO SUPPORT SERVICES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS SEEKING TO REENTER WORKFORCE

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today the award of over $53 million in Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants to 157 recipients that will provide employment services to more than 21,000 homeless veterans seeking to reintegrate into the workforce.

HVRP grantees coordinate their efforts with other federal programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families and the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care programs. The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) administers the HVRP.

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HIS Kids

HIS Kids offers children, youth, and young adults with special needs a safe and learning environment during worship service.  Trained staff will provide care in sensory rooms, allowing parents to participate in worship.

For more information, contact Digger Creel:   hcreel@voase.org

The Church at Hillcrest
1204 Hillcrest Road
Mobile, AL 36695