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Breaking the Chains: Bo’s Path to Sobriety and Mental Wellness

This month’s impact story focuses on Bryant “Bo” Laduke, a 53-year-old man who, with the help of VOA Southeast, managed to turn his life around by fighting back against his substance use disorder. All his life, Bo has struggled with addiction, just one of many types of persistent mental disorders that VOA Southeast addresses through affordable housing, personal care assistance, supported employment, and other programs aimed at providing support and community integration.

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A Day in the Life: Hanna’s Journey with Developmental Disabilities

Two years ago, Hanna Parker’s independence seemed improbable. Deaf and intellectually disabled, she relied heavily on her mother. But when illness raised questions about Hanna’s future care, VOA Southeast intervened. Through personalized programs, Hanna flourished, despite initial challenges. Today, she enjoys autonomy, guided by her choices and support. Read her story here.

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Reflecting on the Impact of the 2023 Season of Caring: A Community Success Story

Last year’s Season of Caring 10 Caring Gifts initiative was nothing short of remarkable, thanks to your unwavering support. Through the 10 Caring Gifts campaign, we were able to provide assistance to those in need in ways that brought warmth, comfort, and joy to thousands of individuals and families including at-risk youth, foster care children, homeless veterans, low-income seniors, individuals with intellectual disabilities, and community members across our region by way of over thirty partner organizations and churches.

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From Homeless to Housed: Three Veterans’ Stories at Eagle’s Landing

Explore the transformative journey of three veterans at Eagle’s Landing, delving into their compelling stories of resilience and redemption. Through their experiences, gain insight into the comprehensive array of services provided by Eagle’s Landing, ranging from counseling and vocational training to financial management education and access to healthcare.

Overcoming Adversity: One Veteran’s Quest for Independence

In November of 2021, Bob, an Army Veteran of 38 years, found himself at a crossroads. Having tragically lost his wife to suicide in August of 2020, he was overwhelmed by grief and struggling to cope with the weight of his loss. It was during this challenging time that Bob sought assistance from the Supportive Assistance for Veteran Families program, recommended by caring staff members at the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia. This marked the beginning of his journey towards healing and hope.

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Voices of Impact: Jane Webb Bendolph’s 40 Years at VOA Southeast

In an organization as vibrant and impactful as VOA Southeast, longevity often speaks volumes about its culture, values, and the meaningful work being done. We had the privilege of sitting down with Jane Webb Bendolph, Staff Development Trainer for our Intellectual and Development Disabilities program’s Mobile region and one of our valued employees, who has dedicated an impressive 40 years to serving the community through VOA Southeast. Here, she shares her journey, experiences, and reflections on her remarkable tenure.

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Jarvis’ Inspiring Path from Supported Employment to Community Impact

At the heart of VOA Southeast’s Supported Employment Program lies the inspiring journey of Jarvis, a resilient individual diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. We had the honor of sitting down with Jarvis to dive deeper into his incredible journey, discovering the challenges he faced, the triumphs he celebrated, and the profound impact he continues to make on the community.

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