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VOA Southeast Launches Annual Operation Backpack 2020
Mobile, AL (July 6, 2020) – July 6th marks the beginning of VOA Southeast’s (VOASE) Operation Backpack 2020. Operation Backpack is a way for individuals, church groups, civic organizations, local businesses, and others to join together to provide necessary school supplies to equip at-risk children for the upcoming school year. VOASE works with the Mobile County Department of Human Resources (DHR) and local not-for-profit organizations to provide essential school supplies to children who would otherwise be without. Over the past 9 years, Operation Backpack has provided supplies to over 5,000 children. “There are many children who would start the first day of school without even a pencil.” said Wallace Davis, President and CEO of VOASE, “This program enables us to give every foster child a backpack and enough supplies to get them through the first part of the school year. It is our mission to reach and uplift all people, especially children.”
Help VOA Southeast through our New Partnership:
- 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.
The Church at Hillcrest and 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Church at Hillcrest
1204 Hillcrest Road
Mobile, AL 36695
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.
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.
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.
About Volunteers of America
A charter member of Volunteers of America, VOASE provides services across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. In addition to intellectual and developmental disabilities programs, VOASE serves veterans, low income seniors, children and youth, homeless, and people with addictive diseases and mental illness. VOASE is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing; creating and managing low-income level housing for elderly, homeless veterans and people with disabilities.
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.