Stories

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  • A Fresh Start

    Linda never imagined she would one day become homeless. She had worked hard to establish her career and lived in a large house with her family. But when her husband's abuse intensified during the pandemic, Linda knew she had to leave.

  • Support Through the Storm

    Cindy has been a client since 2004, receiving services to help cope with her behavioral health challenges. In April 2020, her fiancé passed away just two days after contracting COVID-19. Then, Cindy got sick too. Her "VOA family" was her lifeline.

  • Veterans Helping Veterans

    Sharif, a former sergeant in the Army National Guard, works at one of our veterans residences. When he heard Battle Buddy Bridge®—our peer training program for veterans—was back after the pandemic, he jumped at the opportunity to expand his skills and better serve our veterans.

  • Former BELC Student Returns as Assistant Teacher 20 Years Later

    Kirby Liriano attended VOA-GNY's Bronx Early Learning Center as a shy three-year-old with speech delays and other learning challenges. Now, almost 20 years later, he works as an Assistant Teacher at the BELC, alongside his former teacher who made a lasting impact on him.

  • Finding Stability After Foster Care

    In-and-out of foster care their whole childhood, Warren and his younger brother Isaiah both found jobs, housing and stability in the Synergy I program for at-risk youth in Northern New Jersey.

  • Striving On With Purpose

    Linda never quite found her footing after being discharged from the Army National Guard. Falling on hard times, she moved into Commonwealth Veterans Residence where she gained the support of staff and a renewed sense of purpose.

  • All the Support They Need

    Twins Adrianna and Allison were both diagnosed with autism at an early age. At the Staten Island Early Learning Center, the sisters receive all the therapies they need to give them a strong foundation for kindergarten.

  • The Love of a Family

    Heaven and Solomon lived at our family shelter on the Upper West Side. Now, they have found permanent housing and Heaven is able have her own space to study and make art.

  • Leave No One Behind

    Edwin and Derek are friends and graduates of Battle Buddy Bridge®, our innovative program that trains veterans to be peer counselors.

  • Unconditional Support

    Lisa was diagnosed with HIV at 19 and struggled with addiction. With the constant support of our staff, she has been sober for nearly a year.