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Donations Needed for Hurricane Ida Relief

September 3, 2021, Mobile, AL –   Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) is now accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Ida.  VOASE is working closely with victims and people who are in the community due to displacement to ensure donations go directly to people in need.  “It is with a heavy heart that we have started a cash and supply donation drive,” said Rob Rogers, President and CEO of VOASE.  “We are no strangers to hurricane recovery and want to be a helping hand to those in need. We never know when we will be on the other end needing help.”

The following is a suggested list of items that are needed:

  • Nonperishable Food
  • Hygiene Items
    • toothbrushes & paste
    • soap
    • shampoo
    • deodorant
  • Diapers & Baby Supplies
  • Hand Sanitizers & Wipes
  • Blankets
  • Tarps
  • Paper Products
    • toilet paper
    • paper towels
    • paper plates
    • plastic utensils
    • plastic cups
  • Over the counter Medical Supplies
  • First Aid Kits
  • Insect Repellants
  • Flashlights & Batteries

Cash donations can be made at www.voase.org by noting IDA in the comments.

Supplies may be dropped off at VOASE’s corporate office located at 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 36695 Monday – Friday from 8-4:30; Spring Hill Baptist Church (SHB) located at 2 South McGregor Avenue. Call (251) 342-5320 for SHB operating hours; and Union Baptist Church located at 5251 Grand Bay-Wilmer Road Tuesday – Friday from 9:00 to 3:30.

Donations will be accepted until September 24, 2021.

VOASE Receives Community Garden Grant

VOA Southeast (VOASE) was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the North Baldwin Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of South Alabama. The funding will be used to revamp the community garden on-site at VOASE’s Light of the City program in Bay Minette. “The garden is used to engage nearly 300 children in gardening and family support,” said Rob Rogers, VOASE’s President and CEO. “Engaging children and families through a hands-on activity like the Community Garden provides a safe, healthy place for growth and stability,” added John Eads, Director of VOASE’s Light of the City.

For the majority of the children served in the Light of the City afterschool and summer program, there are few constants in their lives. Many families struggle to provide basics like safe housing, food, and education. The goal of this program is to fill the gaps and help families remain together and flourish. All children in the program come from low income families with the majority coming from single parent households.

The added funds from this grant will allow VOASE to complete necessary steps to continue to serve the children in the city of Bay Minette in a safe and educational environment.

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.

Check Out These New Presentations:

Personal & Relational Peace in Uncertain Times is designed to help you and your family navigate these turbulent times with peace. Each presenter is speaking from areas of their expertise.  Scroll down for links to each presentation. Here’s the general information for each:

Megan Blanton, M.S. & Jose M. Gonzales, M.S.
Title: How to REACH Your Kids in Difficult Times

Description: Adults are often unsure about how to traverse sensitive topics with children. As influential as race and politics are to childhood development, they are seldom discussed. In this session, the presenters will use a socio-ecological and trauma-informed framework to provide tools to parents, guardians, and child advocates who chose to have these conversations. 
https://youtu.be/KDq6X5B_I7U

Meagan Blanton
Role Play
https://youtu.be/5kSMbemt-Ng

Dr. Chelsea L. Greer
Title: Love Thy Enemies
Description: In our Christian lives, we’re taught very strong messages about forgiveness but rarely are we led through the process and allowed to struggle with it. In our current society where conflicts are so prevalent and easily spread, this is even more challenging. In this session, Dr. Greer will briefly bust common myths about the elusive process and review findings of what can help someone be effective at forgiving others.  
https://youtu.be/1hw-f9zP9AY

Nicholas A. Fadoir, M.A.
Title: What are we talking about when we talk about traumatic stress?
Description: Traumatic events come in many shapes and sizes. Similarly, the impacts of trauma exposure will be unique to each survivor. In this session, we will look at some of the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual consequences of traumatic stress, aiming to better understand normal vs. problematic responses to trauma. 
https://youtu.be/UE2o1IP-ZHU

Buddy Landry:

https://youtu.be/9_KN4APAw_M

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