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Volunteers of America measures its success through positive change in the lives of individuals and communities served.

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Housing & Shelter Programs

Class

Housing 

Beneficiaries

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Families
Homeless
Veterans

Description

We meet our clients at all stages of their housing needs whether they be seniors, veterans, or families-
it is our goal to assist those in need of a housing solution. VOA has more than 35 affordable housing
residences in Colorado ranging from emergency shelters to permanent housing. In addition to offering a safe place to stay or live, VOA offers wraparound programs to meet the many challenges faced by formerly homeless individuals and families. By providing citizens in need with a comfortable space to live, coupled with services that allow them to thrive, we are transforming lives and building communities.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Alycia Martin began her story with Volunteers of America as a young single mother, without a stable home for herself and her daughter. With a felony on her record, Alycia found herself feeling hopeless. She had paid her debt to society, but had no job, a 6 month old, and no home to call her own. Housing applications felt pointless as every background check was followed with a rejection. Alycia's mother encouraged her to apply to the new Volunteers of America affordable housing community, Boulevard One. Alycia had low expectations that as a former felon she would be accepted, but with no other options, she applied for housing. Little did Alycia know this was the turning point for her and her daughters future. She was elated to find out that even after the background check, she had been approved by Volunteers of America for an apartment. They gave me a second chance with housing, assistance with securing a job, and the ability for my daughter to have a better life, said Alycia. Now, Alycia lives at the brand new Boulevard One complex in Lowry with her daughter and she works as a Peer Navigator at the Denver Public Library. In her role she is helping others in her former situation find jobs and other resources. Alycia is a shining example of how giving someone a second chance can truly change the story for an entire family.

Results:
9,281 People Served
24 Residences
586 Veteran Families Placed in Housing

Hunger Services

Class

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
Homeless
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Veterans

Description

People living with food insecurity lack a stable, reliable means of getting the meals they need. Hunger
can look like many things, some obvious and some hidden. It is the mission of Volunteers of America to
meet each community with their nutritional needs. Our hunger prevention programs include emergency
food served daily, prepared meals delivered to seniors, and dining centers for community building. Providing this basic need ensures the people we serve-ranging from preschoolers to seniors-no longer worry about where their next meal will come from, because they know Volunteers of America is there.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Robert is a Vietnam War Veteran and has been a Meals on Wheels client for 4 years. Like many of our Meals on Wheels clients, Robert has difficulty doing day to day tasks that many of us take for granted. For Robert, Meals on Wheels means that he can depend on both a nutritious meal and a friendly face on a regular basis. Tom is a Meals on Wheels volunteer that has been delivering to Robert since the beginning. Tom went above and beyond his duties as a Meals on Wheels volunteer when he recognized that Robert had fines from the city due to the overgrown vegetation in his yard. After much collaboration, the Volunteers of America Yard Angels Program partnered with Home Depot to renovate Robert's
yard and eliminate all of the city fines.

"Why me? This is just incredible, I feel so thankful," said Robert.

Meals on Wheels is more than just a meal delivery service, it is about nurturing relationships and building community to make sure everyone feels secure and significant.

Results:
61,385 People Served
543,376 Pounds of Food Donated
927,441 Meals Provided

Community Support Services

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent
Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Teachers
Veterans

Description

From students to seniors, Volunteers of America Colorado has a wide variety of supportive community
programs that enable our clients to thrive. Within this program area VOA offers a wide range of wraparound support services for our clients.
For example…
• The Early Childhood Education Center which offers preschool to 3 and 4 year olds.
• The Handyman program helps seniors make small but necessary repairs to their home.
• The Santa Shop and Adopt a Family holiday gift program mobilizes the generosity of the community to give away 9,000 holiday gifts to families experiencing poverty.
• Several VOA programs include Peer Navigators who help our clients connect with critical community resources. Peer Navigators come from similar situations to our clients, so they have intimate knowledge and help make a personal connection.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Nurturing and supporting children and families is vital to the growth of our community. Volunteers of America Colorado's Early Childhood Education Center, part of HeadStart, is both a preschool and a support system for families. Ebony now has two children in the Head Start program, but she began her story with Volunteers of America at age 18 when she was pregnant and without a home for her growing family. Ebony was able to move into her first apartment through the Volunteers of America Bannock Youth and Housing program. She was then referred to the Head Start program, and now has two children attending the preschool.

"My kids love the program, we all do! It's amazing how I've seen both of them grow and develop. My youngest started out very shy and wouldn't talk to anyone, and now, he's opening up and engaging
with other students," said Ebony.

Volunteers of America Colorado and the Early Childhood Education Center has not only impacted Ebony's two children, but the family as a whole. In fact, Ebony's journey came full circle as she recently accepted a position as a teacher's assistant at the preschool.

Volunteer Services

Class

Public, Society Benefit 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Families
General population
Unemployed, Underemployed
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Volunteers of America is about neighbors helping neighbors. Members of the community donate their
time and talents in a variety of ways-from delivering meals to home-bound seniors, brightening the decor of one of our shelters, mentoring students in need of connection, assisting with events-the opportunities are endless. It is through these selfless volunteers that VOA is able to build a community filled with kindness and compassion.

*The Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits, foundations and corporate giving programs values a volunteer hour at $25.43.

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Evidence of Program's Success

"Grandma Carole", is a member of the VOA Foster Grandparent program. This program matches volunteers with at-risk children and youth where they can build relationships with the students, teachers, and parents while acting as a role model in the classroom. Grandma Carole currently volunteers at the Morgridge Academy, and has been involved in the program since 2009. She has been placed in classrooms of all ages ranging from K-8th grade and has mentored in math, history, literature, and even French as she was a teacher in France for 30 years. Grandma Carole's favorite part of volunteering is learning about the students she mentors and watching them grow and eventually thrive despite any tough
circumstances that have come their way.

"They all amaze me each and every day, there is one little boy who wants to be a lawyer when he grows up and when asked why he says, 'to make lots of money and help my mother.' these students teach me just as much as I teach them," said Grandma Carole.

This intergenerational bond that is created during the mentorship can sometimes be the only time students interact with a 'grandparent figure.' The Foster Grandparent program is a part of the Corporation for National Community Service.

Results:
17,649 Volunteers
269,253 Volunteer Hours
$6,847,103 Total Value of Volunteer Hours*

Meals on Wheels

Class

Human Services 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged

Description

The Volunteers of America's Meals on Wheels Program provides fully-prepared, nutritious, home-delivered meals and market meals to homebound elderly age 60 and older throughout the seven-county Denver metro area who are at increased risk of hunger and malnutrition. Unlike a food bank, meals are delivered directly to the home, ensuring that program participants not only receive a nutritious daily meal, but also have the assurance of a regular visit from a volunteer to check on their safety and welfare. Because services are provided solely on a contribution-basis, elderly individuals don't have to choose between buying food and paying for other necessities such as prescription medications or heat for their home. For most participants, the meal provided by the program is their primary food, sometimes their only source of food, for the day. Meals on Wheels remains one of the only sources for contribution-based food assistance for the homebound elderly, meeting a critical and growing need in our community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The most recent annual outcomes measures results for the Meals on Wheels Program demonstrate that 83% of program participants maintained or improved their nutritional status ; 86% respondents reported that their physical health had improved; 80% reported improved emotional health; 92% stated that the program improved their ability and/or willingness to remain in their homes. Client comments were overwhelmingly positive, such as "I do not worry or wonder if I will have a meal for the day" and " I look forward to receiving meals and visiting with the volunteer."

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