The Community Voice

February 2021

Stories of Hope

Volunteers of America Turns 125

125 years ago, Volunteers of America was founded with the pledge to “go wherever we are needed, and do whatever comes to hand.” Since our inception in 1896, VOA has remained rooted in Ballington and Maud’s original ideals of going wherever and doing whatever is needed to order to best serve those in need – and never being afraid of tackling oftentimes tough, controversial issues. As our society has developed, VOA has also creatively adapted and spearheaded much-needed change, often ahead of the times – just as the Booth’s did originally in the creation of the organization 125 years ago.

Safe Return Awarded Grant from NJDCA to Expand Services

For individuals transitioning back into society after exiting the criminal justice system, VOADV’s Safe Return program provides valuable guidance and assistance in securing stable housing, acquiring employment, obtaining education and/or legal assistance. Providing immediate, direct services and much-needed stability, Safe Return has assisted more than 6,000 individuals since its inception in 2015 – and our impact and outreach is now expanding. Thanks to a generous grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Safe Return is poised for growth and will be able to assist an even greater number of individuals in need.

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