About Us

Serving the Most Vulnerable

Volunteers of America is a national, faith-based human services organization. We are dedicated to helping individuals and families in need create positive and lasting change through social service programs that support and empower them to live safe, healthy and productive lives. Founded in New York City in 1896, Volunteers of America is one of the nation's oldest, largest and most respected human services organizations, serving 1.5 million people in 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico every year.

Volunteers of America--Greater New York is the largest affiliate of the national organization, with more than 80 programs and 1,300 staff in the metropolitan New York area, Westchester and Nassau Counties, and Northern New Jersey.

Skilled and dedicated staff, and generous corporate and individual community partners, help tens of thousands of people in need every year. Whether the assistance is short-term, like case management and temporary shelter, or more long-term like permanent supportive housing, we have the commitment, experience and relationships necessary to provide high quality, comprehensive services to a wide range of people in need.

Our Services Include:

  • Preparing individuals and families who are homeless to secure and retain permanent housing, while addressing the underlying root causes of their homelessness;
  • Providing safe, transitional housing to families recovering from domestic violence, while providing intensive interventions to ensure they do not return to an abusive situation;
  • Offering a service-rich continuum of care for veterans, from homelessness prevention to permanent supportive housing and employment;
  • Supporting older adults who may have limited to no family involvement, enabling them to "age-in-place";
  • Preparing preschool children with developmental delays for success in kindergarten;
  • Providing stability in group and treatment homes for at-risk youth with the goal of preparing them for mature, independent adulthood;
  • Caring for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses in dignified, supportive housing;
  • Ensuring adults with behavioral health issues can live safely in the community in supportive residential settings;
  • Offering treatment and recovery services in a residential setting for people with a history of substance use;
  • Helping adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize their full potential, so they may live full and active lives within their community.

Learn more about Our Services.