Give thanks to our veterans this Thanksgiving! At Volunteers of America we work hard to empower veterans who fought for our freedom to live a life of dignity and independence. Now it’s their turn. Our services, from housing and food to mental health support and job search assistance, help veterans overcome the barriers that stand between them and long-term stability.
Volunteers of America (VOA) provides long-term solutions to homelessness, poverty, addiction, education and criminal behavior through more than 34 different programs and services in our community. Since 1896, VOA has touched the lives of more than 1 million people across Upstate New York - from homeless families and individuals, to frail seniors, struggling veterans, impoverished children, men and women who have been incarcerated, and those recovering from addiction.
Helping Homeless Families
Miracles happen when we share our blessings with others--and right now, there are hundreds of homeless families and individuals in Rochester who are in desperate need of a miracle: SAFE SHELTER. With your help, the VOA Family Shelter can continue to provide housing and critical support to more than 200 homeless families in Rochester every year.
Support Our Efforts
Choose from 8 Caring Gifts to help those in need this holiday season! You can help ensure VOA continues providing these essential services to those living in poverty in our community by making a gift to VOA to help: homeless families and individuals, at-risk children, frail seniors, struggling veterans, those struggling with addiction, and those reentering the community.
Serving Americas Most Vulnerable & Overlooked Populations
Since 1896, VOA has worked to address the complex challenges of poverty and homelessness by providing more than 34 programs and services that empower people to become self-reliant and reach their full potential.
OUR 3 KEY AREAS OF SERVICE
VOA offers a continuum of housing programs and services: emergency shelters, supportive housing, housing for seniors, housing for veterans, rapid re-housing, rental assistance, and a residential reentry center. We believe the key to addressing homelessness is providing a continuum of support services (in addition to housing and food) to help people develop more stable, self-sufficient lives.
Our nationally accredited center has grown into one of the largest providers of early childhood programming within the city of Rochester. The center serves more than 500 children and families on an annual basis and provides such additional support services as a full-time registered nurse, on-site dental care, family development services, on-going parent training, full-day care, and disability supports for children with special needs.
VOA provides reentry programs in Rochester and Binghamton that change lives. Our Residential Reentry Center and Community-Based Residential Programs help adults transition from incarceration and get a fresh start. The services we provide include: housing, specialized case management, employment assistance, and life skills training to help people develop positive, self-reliant lives.
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parent satisfaction rate for the overall quality of our programs at our Children's Center.