North Shore Support Program Helps Resident Facing Health Crises

When Shelly first came to our North Shore office, she was newly diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis C. She was very sick and tired, as she had been acting as the sole caregiver for her ex-husband. He was experiencing the final stages of AIDS, with kidney failure, dialysis three times per week and serious problems with mobility and activities of daily living. Shelly, with a master’s degree in social work, found herself in need of support from others. Read More

Senior Credits Crisis Response Program with Life-Saving Care

Old habits are hard to break. No one knows this better than retired St. Tammany Parish residents Lou and Betty, married more than 60 years. Outwardly, Lou was known as a good friend, popular and active in his community. But inwardly, a problem haunted him for most of his marriage. Often and without warning, he… Read More

Mental Health Services Give James the Right Treatment

James was living under a bridge when he first encountered Volunteers of America.  He had been homeless for over 7 years as a result of an untreated mental illness.  An outreach associate with Volunteers of America’s Mental Health Services assisted him with getting to a hospital for proper diagnosis and medication. The outreach associate provided… Read More

Duvernay Residence Makes Room for Telleus

Meet Telleus, who lives at our Duvernay Residence, a Single Room Occupancy (permanent affordable housing, case management & employment services for formerly homeless people in recovery) facility. Originally from the Westbank, Telleus’s life was turned upside down by Hurricane Katrina. Uprooted from his home, he moved from place to place – Tennessee, Baton Rouge, and… Read More

Bill’s Story

The following is a story about an individual who receives services from our Mental Health Services program, which serves people with chronic mental illness and who are homeless by helping them live independently in the community. Bill started receiving services from Volunteers of America in August of 2006. He sought stability; he’d lost his home… Read More