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GOING GREEN ON SKID ROW

voala
22 April, 2016

According to GreenNonProfits.org, “as people and corporations around the world become more ‘green’ they in turn expect the non-profits they support to also take proactive steps to protect the environment. The benefits are twofold: the global environment improves as a result of the nonprofit sector taking action; and nonprofits become part of...

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: The Home Depot Foundation

voala
22 April, 2016

The partnership between The Home Depot Foundation and Volunteers of America continues to support veterans in our community and throughout the nation.   September 2013 On a hot September day, over 50 Volunteers from The Home Depot came to the Haviland House shelter in San Pedro. By the end of the day they had replaced damaged stairs,...

INNOVATION: Blue Butterfly Village

VOALA
21 April, 2016

BLUE BUTTERFLY VILLAGE Blue Butterfly Village is VOALA's innovative 73-unit 2BR townhouse community located in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles County. All 73 units are subsidized for homeless families. Veteran families receive a preference for 61 of the units. 12 units are reserved for families eligible under the MHSA program. We house many...

Finding a Better Future: From Runaway to VOALA

voala
6 January, 2018

Sahar tells her powerful story of going from being a runaway to finding Volunteers of America Los Angeles. "I was running away from the abuse," Sahar says. "In my household, I was one of the two females living there. I was never a human being; I was property. I felt a lot of anger, and it came from the cries that they never cared to...

VETS: EDUCATED, EXPERIENCED & EMPLOYABLE

VOALA
22 April, 2016

Finding employment is an all too common struggle among veterans, who make invaluable employees and can apply skills and traits attained in service to a number of civilian arenas with focus, drive and discipline. Growing up in a middle-class family in Compton, Shanita, was always smart, strong-willed and independent. After earning an...

VIETNAM VET FINDS INNER PEACE

VOALA
22 April, 2016

“It took me more than 15 years to realize I wasn’t in the jungle fighting the enemy,” says Veteran Michael Ortiz. But by then he was alienated from friends and family and addicted to drugs and alcohol. After Vietnam, Michael was placed in a mental hospital where he was heavily medicated to deal with the myriad issues he was suffering...

INNOVATION: Battle Buddy Bridge

voala
22 April, 2016

Battle Buddy Bridge (B3) is an peer-to-peer initiative designed to provide outreach and care management to Veterans struggling with homelessness throughout LA County. Heroes helping Heroes Armed with a continuum of immediate services available through VOALA programs as well as partnering community and government agencies, Battle Buddies are able...