Stories

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  • Addressing Trauma and Moral Injury

    For many, homelessness was brought about by childhood trauma, domestic violence, or not being accepted by society. Almost all of our guests have experienced trauma that resulted in moral injury at one point in their lives.

  • A New Beginning for Ramòn at the Nevada Cares Campus

    After rotating between rehab, hotels, jail, and recovery programs for 6 years, Ramòn was fed up. Then, he got a new start at the Nevada Cares Campus.

  • “If it wasn’t for VOA giving me a place to stay, I definitely wouldn’t be here right now.”

    Anthony could be your neighbor. He and his wife, along with their two children, live in a modest home, drive new cars, and make a decent living for themselves. You would never guess that they were struggling with homelessness just two short years ago.

  • A Message from VOA Board Chair, Nick Himphill

    "When I first walked into the shelter at Volunteers of America 19 years ago, I could have never imagined that I would be here, writing this message to you."

  • Because of you, Akenese is paying it forward

    You have given Akenese and Leutu a new life. Your love and commitment not only break down cycles of poverty, they make it possible for families like Akenese and Leutu to find safety.

  • You put a smile on Tony’s face

    Tony Garnett lived all over the West Coast, struggling with disability and not able to find an affordable place to live. Each of his living situations seemed to be more temporary than the last. He never really felt like he had a home.

  • You are giving Perla hope for her future

    Perla is no stranger to pain. When she was just one month old, Perla’s mother fled to the United States, causing Perla to remain in Honduras under the care of her grandparents.

  • Giving Back to the Community at Every Age

    Adith and Ryan were just 15 years old when they learned about Operation Backpack. They immediately knew they wanted to help, so they formed a club at their high school, recruiting other students to collect school supplies for their peers who needed them.

  • “The people here just want to help.”

    Maria and her three teenage children were living in their van for two years. She worked every day, fighting for a chance to better her and her children’s lives. Most of the time, they stayed by the river, but eventually Maria lost her job.

  • Providing a Sense of Home

    Today, the families at Roseville Home Start have a reason to celebrate: a new community kitchen.