Leaving A Legacy

“I hope to keep doing the work that positively changes the lives of people while making sure the organization I’m working for has the greatest impact.” – Stephen A. Shultz, May 2017

This quote defines Steve’s valued service to Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, and will now serve as a reminder to everyone who enters our Collingswood office.

On September 20, 2022 the VOADV team was honored to dedicate the building to former staff member, Stephen A. Shultz, in honor of his invaluable contributions to the organization. Over 11 years, Steve served as Chief of Staff, Senior Vice President for External Relations and Vice President of Public Policy. Even after moving on from VOADV to work for the NJ Department of Human Services, he kept our staff and clients in mind through providing PPE materials during the pandemic, and more.

The dedication ceremony was led by VOADV President and CEO Daniel L. Lombardo who spoke about Steve’s impact on the organization, as well as shared personal and touching memories of their friendship with over the years.

Also speaking at the event were Louis D. Greenwald, Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly; Sarah Adelman, Commissioner of the Department of Human Services and Beth Connolly, Assistant Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Through their stories and remembrances, it is clear that Steve’s work leaves behind an incredible legacy and his influence will be felt for years to come.

However, the most important area where Steve left an impact is his family. The dedication ceremony closed with remarks from Steve’s wife, Melisa Shultz, who shared more about the father and husband that our organization is better for having known.

After unveiling a new sign and plaque marking the Collingswood building as the Stephen A. Shultz Program Development and Training Center, Melisa and the Shultz family were presented with a Resolution on behalf of Congressman Donald Norcross highlighting more of Steve’s legacy and accomplishments.

As an organization, we are grateful for both Steve’s incredible work and his valuable friendship. We are looking forward to continuing his legacy through the work that will be done at the Stephen A. Shultz Program Development and Training Center, and through the organization as a whole.

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