Established in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse human service organizations. Founded initially as a home missionary organization, Volunteers of America developed social service programs to supplement early efforts. Early work included outings for poor children, fresh air camps, distribution of food and clothing, shelters for homeless men and rescue homes for women. In the first year, 191 Volunteer of America posts were established throughout the nation, including Volunteers of America of Mid-States. Social programs were not developed in response to national directives; instead, programs were established as community needs became clear. In Louisville, Volunteers of America placed Sidewalk Santas in front of Woolworth’s in the 1920's to provide holiday cheer, food and clothing and we distributed two-gallon jugs of buttermilk for free at our mission on Preston Street in the 1940's. Recognizing needs beyond Kentucky and holding true to the founders’ commitment “to go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand,” the organization expanded into Tennessee in 1951, into Indiana in 1998, and into West Virginia in 2004.
We served more than 20,000 people in FY 2015, ending June 30, 2015 in our five-state region.
1. The Lexington Family Housing Program served 124 homeless children and adults. This program provides affordable housing and case management to facilitate self-sufficiency. In FY 2015, 92% of families increased self-sufficiency through the program.
VOA-MID identified four goals in our strategic plan.
In our work to create positive change, we have the honor of meeting wonderful families from our communities. Many of the families we meet are facing complex and challenging situations: overcoming homelessness, healing from addiction, living with HIV. Some families are making the difficult decision about care for an aging parent or a family member with developmental disabilities. Still other families we encounter in our work are seeking volunteer projects and donation opportunities to give back to the communities where they live and work.
The real stories of these families share a common thread: a commitment to creating positive change.
The “family” of employees and volunteers at Volunteers of America of Mid-States also shares this dedication. Our programs apply evidence-based best-practices proven to heal and strengthen families. With this goal in mind, we are helping build strong families and communities.
Your commitment to our mission helps individuals with disabilities enjoy a sense of family rooted in community support. Your dedication to our work supports aging seniors as they create a warm and welcoming neighborhood within their apartment communities. Your commitment to positive change helps pregnant women defeat addiction and give birth to healthy, thriving babies. With your help, families struggling to overcome homelessness are building strong, more stable lives.
Jennifer HancockPresident and CEO
Program participants participate in a 12-Step Recovery Program, receive individualized case management to address their individual needs and challenge, and all program participants are offered or placed in stable housing.
As evidence of Volunteers of America of Kentucky's present and ongoing commitment to excellence, we have designed and implemented a Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) system. This system is the means by which we hold ourselves accountable and putting in place processes to continually improve our organization.
At the Volunteers of America Homeless Veterans Transitional Treatment Program (Leestown Road Veterans Administration Medical Campus), 75 percent of those who graduated in 2009 were employed and/or in school unless they were receiving disability benefits.
Program participants receive individualized case management to address their individual needs and challenges and all program participants are offered or placed in stable housing.
80% of the homeless veterans served in VOA programs successfully completed the program; 94% of those completing the program were placed in stable, long term housing; and, 77% who completed the program remained sober at least six months after graduation.
100% of program participants live happy lives and a life to their fullest potential. To learn more about the individuals we serve, please visit our website.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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