Jeff Never Felt Like He Had a Chance at a Normal Life

Jeff never felt like he had a chance at a normal life. His abusive and alcoholic father did not teach him how to act. He felt threatened, and the one thing Jeff learned to do was fight back.

With no familial support, Jeff turned to the escape that drugs provided him. On his 21st birthday when most 21 year olds celebrate with friends, Jeff was arrested for illegally possessing and selling
cocaine. He was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Did you know that formerly incarcerated people are 10 times more likely than the general public to end up homeless? That is exactly what happened to Jeff.

After he got out, he left without a change of clothes or any money, but because of your support, Jeff was introduced to VOA. That’s when his life was forever changed.

“I started getting hope again.”

Through your love and compassion we were able to provide Jeff the basic things he needed and go
above and beyond. Jeff has access to anger management courses, job training, and recovery. He was shown that life could be different for him. You gave him love and hope. You showed the
support of the VOA family, a support system he never had before.

Today, Jeff is thriving in a life devoted to community service. He is celebrating 10 years of sobriety this month! Jeff works with the local Police Department, working on de-escalation practices and social impact as it relates to homelessness. He is active in the mental health community and is
constantly giving back however he can.

You changed Jeff’s life, and through him, many more lives are transformed.