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VOA Southeast Launches Operation Backpack 2021

June marks the beginning of VOA Southeast’s (VOASE) Operation Backpack 2021. Operation Backpack is a means 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 nonprofit organizations to provide essential school supplies to children who would otherwise be without. Over the past 10 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.”

Along with VOASE, WALA Fox 10 and Greene and Phillips will both be sites for donation drop-offs.  Online cash donations are being accepted at  School supplies and backpacks can be dropped off until July 30, 2021 at Fox 10 located at 1501 Satchel Paige Drive, Mobile, AL 36606, VOASE corporate office located at 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 36695, or the law office of Greene and Phillips at 51 N Florida Street, Mobile, AL, 36607. A list of needed supplies is available at  For more information contact Amanda Gonzales at

Needed Supplies You Can Help With:

  • Back Pack
  • Crayons
  • Pencils
  • Colored Pencils
  • Ink Pens
  • Glue Sticks
  • Highlighters
  • Folders (pockets & brads)
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Round-Tip Scissors
  • Plastic Pencil Boxes or Pouches
  • Notebook Paper (wide or college-ruled)
  • Spiral Notebooks (1 or 5 subject)
  • Marble Composition Notebooks
  • 3-Ring Binders (1” or 2”)
  • Dividers for Binders
  • Lined Index Cards
  • Rulers

Every item donated makes a difference in the education of a child!

Retirement Letter from Wallace Davis, President and CEO, VOA Southeast:

Dear VOA Friends and Supporters,

I want to share with you my plans to retire.  I am deeply grateful to you, who have made all the difference in my life.  Please accept my sincere appreciation for your prayers and support over the years.  I am grateful to you.

I have been a part of Volunteers of America (VOA) for over 42 years.  When I first started with VOA in 1975 in New Orleans, my now 45-year-old son was 3 months old.  When I began with VOA in Mobile, my now 40-year-old daughter was 2 months old.  My family has grown up with VOA.

In October 1980, I became the first Advisory Board President of the Mobile VOA branch.  And in April 1981, I became the first Executive Director of the Mobile VOA branch.  Then in 1985, I became the first President and CEO for VOA South Alabama.

I have been blessed to be a part of this great moment.  I do not believe that God could have given me a better platform of ministry than what he has given to me here at VOA. VOA is part of who I am; I am eternally grateful.

My wife, Barbara has been an integral part of all that I have done.  Barbara has been by my side, and I am so much better because of her.

We believe the time has arrived.  And our departure from this role will be June 30, 2021.  This decision has been the most difficult one that I have ever made.  But even Moses changed after 40 years! (He left and died…not my plans!)

Additional Background Information

Imagine back, if you can, to the spring of 1977. A young, 27-year-old man was about to graduate after six years of post-graduate seminary work and would soon be receiving his Doctorate of Psychology and Counseling. At that moment in time, he found himself struggling to find where God wanted him to go.

I had been a pastor since I was nineteen years old and was uncertain about whether to go into the pastorate full time, set up a family counseling practice, or continue to explore possibilities to teach at a local medical school. One day, after defending my dissertation, I was walking and talking with God on the VOA homeless services campus in New Orleans, where I had worked for the previous two years. That beautiful spring day, God spoke and said, “You would enjoy doing the same kind of work as you have been doing in the past with VOA.”  I realized this could be my future, but I didn’t give it much thought at that time!    

At about the same time, I was also feeling God leading me to Mobile, Alabama, and I moved there with no job. Subsequently, a local church in Mobile talked to me about coming as their associate pastor, but I was resistant to the idea. God worked on my heart. One day while driving the streets of the Oakdale Baptist Church community, I stopped and responded to the Lord, “God, if this is what you want me to do, I will serve you here and do my very best.” And it was as if God responded to me and said, “In three years, I will show you the path I have for you.”

Just three years later, I was introduced to Colonel Clint Chevalier, VOA’s Regional Director, who asked me to serve as the first Community Board Advisory President.  I had a wonderful eight-year ministry at Oakdale Baptist Church and, during this time, successfully led several churches to merge and form four strong churches and ministries. God was at work!  And the Oakdale years would later prove to be building blocks of significant relationships that enabled the work of VOA.  I am thankful for more than 40 years of service in this position.

Thank you for your support, your prayers, your encouragement and your financial contributions.  You have been a blessing to me and many others.


Wallace T. Davis
President and CEO

Help VOA Southeast through our New Partnership:

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 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.

Meagan Blanton
Role Play

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.

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.

Buddy Landry:

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


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:

The Church at Hillcrest
1204 Hillcrest Road
Mobile, AL 36695