Stories to Read

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  • 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.

  • From Homelessness to a Career at VOA-GNY

    Homeless and living at our former transitional shelter in Chester, NY, Mr. Brown wasn't sure what would become of his life. But VOA-GNY staff believed in him and encouraged him to apply to for a job with the organization. That was in 2001. Now, Mr. Brown is one year away from retirement.

  • 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.

  • Once a Member of the VOA-GNY Family, Always a Member

    Nina came to us when she left her abusive relationship. She kept coming back because she found safety and family at VOA-GNY.

  • This Veteran Found Comfort Among His Peers

    Rick, a Marine Corps veteran and three-time Purple Heart recipient, has struggled with Post-Traumatic Stress since leaving the service in 1972. Through support from his peers, and vice versa, he's starting to feel the weight lifting off of his shoulders.