About Us

Serving the Most Vulnerable

Volunteers of America is a national, faith-based human services organization that helps some of the most vulnerable men, women and children in our communities lead safe, healthy, independent 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 2 million people in 400 communities in 46 states every year.

Volunteers of America--Greater New York is the largest affiliate of the national organization, with more than 90 programs and 1,300 staff in the metropolitan New York area, Westchester, Nassau, 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 needs are short-term, like case management and temporary shelter, or more long-term help 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 in the New York metropolitan area. Services include:

  • Preparing individuals and families who are homeless to secure and retain permanent housing, while attacking the root causes of homelessness
  • Providing safe, dignified housing to survivors of domestic violence while guiding them toward self-sufficiency;
  • Offering a service-rich continuum of care for veterans, from homelessness prevention to service-rich, permanent supportive housing;
  • Supporting older adults struggling to age safely at home and stay in their community, rather than in an institutional setting;
  • Preparing preschool children with developmental delays to succeed in kindergarten;
  • Providing stability and structure in group and treatment homes for at-risk youth in order to prepare them for independent adulthood;
  • Caring for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses;
  • Ensuring adults with behavioral health issues can live safely in the community in supportive residential housing;
  • Offering treatment and recovery services in a residential setting for people with a history of substance use; and
  • Helping adults with intellectual and physical disabilities realize their full potential.

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A Family Finds a Home

“Our work is not all bread and shelter. The underprivileged, the weak and the unfortunate need more.” -Ballington Booth, co-founder of Volunteers of America