Transforming Lives: The Impact of the Work Now Program

From cleaning up parks and washing county vehicles to receiving identification and interviewing for full time positions, the Work Now program offers those experiencing homelessness a pathway to stable, independent lives through a paid day of work and access to crucial services. A partnership between Volunteers of America Delaware Valley and the Camden County Board of Commissioners, Work Now provides a unique opportunity for individuals who may have been reluctant to seek help initially. By earning a day’s wage, participants are incentivized to engage with services, breaking down barriers of mistrust and skepticism. The heart of the program lies in…

How South Jersey chamber made traditional Day of Service into regionwide effort

This great day was a long time coming. In 2020, when the Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey saw its first leadership change in 25 years, one of the organization’s new priorities was assuring it was giving back to the community. That came with a shift in its mission, vision, strategic priorities and a renewed focus on recruiting nonprofits and other community-based organizations to its membership base. Another aspect of this new direction was adding programming to the chamber’s already packed slate of more than 120 events per year that encouraged its more than 1,200 member companies to give back and support…

Chris Smith on human trafficking and the Frederick Douglas Act

Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Manchester) delivered the following remarks at a Human Trafficking Symposium today in Freehold: “Forced labour in the private economy generates $236 billion in illegal profits per year, a new report (published on March 19, 2024)  from the International Labour Organization (ILO) has found… “Forced commercial sexual exploitation accounts for more than two-thirds (73 per cent) of the total illegal profits, despite accounting for only 27 per cent of the total number of victims in privately imposed labour… “These numbers are explained by the huge difference in per victim profits between forced commercial sexual exploitation and other forms…

Second Chances

At VOADV, we help turn second chances into transformed lives and have been doing so for 128 years. From the very beginning, our co-founder Maud Booth was opening “Hope Halls” as an extension of her commitment to reforming and improving the conditions of the nation’s prison system. Today, VOADV’s Hope Hall is an American Correctional Association accredited 175-bed halfway house for adult males that provides services including case management, discharge planning, job coaching, substance use treatment and more. Clients at Hope Hall are given a second chance, as well as support and guidance throughout their journey to fulfilling whatever their…

Community Support

One person’s generosity can make all the difference – even more so when a group of individuals looking to help come together. That is especially true for the incredible organizations that support VOADV in a variety of ways. Our clients greatly benefit from a kind, helping hand on their journey towards independence – and we are so grateful for the generous support we receive from local organizations looking to make a difference! Keller William’s annual Red Day is focused around their commitment to community service and giving back to the people and locations that support them. We were grateful to…

2024 VOA National Conference Recap

The 2024 VOA National Conference is complete! The VOADV team had a busy and productive few days in National Harbor, MD – here are some of the highlights! Team members Daniel Smith and Jamal Miles were commissioned as ministers, while Tamara Davis was ordained as a minister. VOADV board member Maury Reiter won the 2024 Governance Innovator Award. COO Kathy White-Thomas spoke on the panel Navigating Your Leadership Journey: A Female Perspective. Members of the team supported Volunteers of America – Greater New York by attending their panel Identifying and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury Caused by Domestic Violence. Health Equity…

Evesham Police Department Boasts Newly Expanded Role in Providing Community Services, Probing Crimes Using High-Tech-Equipment Gifts

A substantially expanded scope of responsibility now being assumed by the Evesham Township Police Department, both as a provider or facilitator of social services through a new three-way partnership and in its having been gifted some cutting-edge crime-fighting capabilities, was outlined at the April 10 meeting of the township council. The department’s recently acquired human and high-tech proficiencies have not only broadened the dimensions of the services it offers but are now making many aspects of its job much easier and more efficient, according to Police Chief Walt Miller, who told the council members that some of these developments are…

‘We have to continue the conversation’

Living in seedy motel rooms along the Black Horse Pike and walking the streets of Atlantic City after nightfall are young victims of human trafficking forced by captors to prostitute themselves. Essentially they’re slaves, experts say. – Advertisement – But help has come since 2020 from the Volunteers of America Delaware Valley (VOADV). The organization partnered in October of that year with the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) to create and implement the Atlantic City Human Trafficking Pilot, according to VOADV Senior Vice President Amanda Leese. “As a provider of social services in New Jersey, we cannot ignore human trafficking,”…

Volunteers Of America Delaware Valley Opens New Location Of Tri-County Navigational Resource Center In Vineland

 Volunteers of America Delaware Valley ( VOADV) has launched their new Tri-County Navigational Resource Center located in Vineland to continue serving the residents of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. The office will provide both Safe Return and Navigator program services to community members in need. Both programs are designed to ensure an immediate, direct approach to service delivery and one-stop linkage to critical social services. As such,  VOADV is able to aid individuals and families in navigating reentry services, housing assistance, employment and job-readiness services, substance use and mental health referrals, legal assistance, and more.  “The new Tri-County Navigational Resource Center location creates a centralized one-stop for service delivery to the residents of Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem,” said  VOADV President and CEO Daniel L. Lombardo. “The direct, immediate…

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