Stories

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  • Together as a Family, Always

    All Kelvin ever wanted was to be with his children—even when that meant entering shelter to stay together. The support he found at VOA-Greater New York's family shelter in Bushwick, Brooklyn was all that he could hope for and more, as he worked to get his family back on its feet.

  • A Second Chance

    To commemorate National Foster Care Day, we’re shining a light on VOA-GNY's independent living programs for young adults in Northern New Jersey. Youth aging out of foster care are at the highest risk of becoming homeless during their transition into adulthood. “I landed in a good place because I had someone in my life that didn’t give up on me,” says Tiffany, who, with the help of her VOA-Greater New York case manager, is on her way to becoming fully independent after aging out of foster care.

  • Arthur’s Story

    Arthur has nothing but good things to say about staff at Richard F. Salyer House, VOA-Greater New York’s supportive housing program in Upper Manhattan. “The staff don’t look down on you. They treat you like family,” he says. After experiencing homelessness due to a drug and alcohol addiction, Arthur is now clean and extremely thankful for the support and assistance he continues to receive.

  • Lonely No More

    Judy served with the US Navy. After being discharged, she lived comfortably with her parents for many years. But when they both passed away, she found herself with nowhere to go. It wasn't until she arrived at VOA-GNY's East 12th Street residence for older adults that she once again found comfort and companionship.

  • Comfort and Chicken Soup

    George has lived at Rose House for nearly 30 years. Fiercely independent and proud, he has always kept to himself, never getting too close to neighbors or staff—that is, until he became ill during the pandemic. In his time of need, VOA-GNY staff offered George comfort and assistance, evening bringing him his favorite chicken soup from a local deli.

  • 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.