Thank you to all who supported us on Giving Tuesday/Roc The Day on November 27th!
With your help we are able to provide measurable, positive change in the lives of the individuals, families, and communities we serve. Please keep us in mind for 2019! Every year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, organizations across the world participate in Giving Tuesday (and Roc the Day for Rochester organizations) to celebrate the giving spirit of the holidays by encouraging individuals to donate to a charity or nonprofit in their community. Volunteers of America is thrilled to take part in this campaign and we welcome your help to support our mission to empower people to achieve self-reliance in four key areas: children’s services; housing and homelessness; workforce development, and corrections programs.
We hope to have your support on this international day of giving so we can continue to help people like Jessica.*Jessica was a survivor of domestic violence. When her abuser was released from jail, she fled her home with her children so he could not find them. Without means for a traditional move, her family was relegated to the floors and couches of various friends and family. When picking up her child from VOA’s Children’s Center, an employee suggested she look into the VOA Guest House Emergency Family Shelter. Although Jessica was wary of shelters, “I feel like less of a person when I’m there,” she decided to give VOA’s Guest House a try.
During her stay, case managers helped Jessica find permanent housing. VOA helped her to negotiate a reduced rent and covered her security deposit so she could make her move immediately. “VOA gave me power and helped me move forward with my life,” Jessica says.
Now Jessica has a home, a job, and childcare for her 4 year old son thanks to VOA programs. She stresses the importance of following the VOA mission of self-reliance to improve a difficult situation. “You have to help yourself first. You can’t improve things for your child until you can help yourself. Volunteers of America was there for me so I could be there for my children.”
*First name and likeness changed for privacy and safety.