Jasriel and Sasha: A Life-Changing Friendship

​Jasriel was only six years old when she came to our Mentoring Children of Promise Program. She had no father and her mother was incarcerated, leaving her elderly grandmother to raise her, two older brothers and a younger sister. Thankfully, Sasha, a freshman at Tulane University, had applied to be a mentor with our program at just the right time to be paired with Jasriel. Read More

Afterschool Enrichment: More than Homework

What happens when practice, guidance, and positive reinforcement are combined? For students of Volunteers of America’s Lighthouse Afterschool Program, confidence and competencies for future success emerge. Before enrollment in the afterschool program, the letters A – N – D – R – E sat flat on the page for pre-kindergartener Andre of Moton Elementary. As… Read More

Adoption Helps Families Grow & Blossom

We are proud to share the story of staff member Lori Arceneaux North, LCSW, BACS. Lori serves as the Program Manager of our Adoption & Maternity Services program, and she is also an adoptive parent.  “Adoption has tremendously impacted my life on both a professional and a personal level. After working for Volunteers of America Greater… Read More

Donald and Vanessa Welcome Home Giovanni Caleb

After trying to have a child for nearly their entire eight year of marriage, Donald and Vanessa contacted Volunteers of America’s Maternity and Adoption Program to inquire about adoption. Vanessa was familiar with Volunteers of America as her father has volunteered for many years with our agency. Donald and Vanessa were overjoyed when an expectant… Read More