Category Archives: Community Living Services

Volunteer Opportunities: Able Bodies and College Students Needed

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Are you looking for a way to make a lasting difference in your community? Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans’ Community Living Services (CLS) Program, which provides homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, needs your help! There are two opportunities available to those wanting to make our community a better place.

If you are able-bodied and can spare a few hours once or twice a month, you can help CLS in a big way by receiving and unloading food donations. Volunteers need to be able to lift and carry boxes, sometimes up and down stairs.

CLS is also seeking college students that are interested in working one-on-one with residents, with the potential to turn the experience into a fulfilling career. Students will work a couple of hours two days a week in teams of two to transport residents to and from their doctors’ appointments and communicate important care information to CLS case managers. Because this opportunity requires extensive training, students should be able to volunteer at least one semester of service. Each resident transport will take about two hours to complete. Stellar performance and commitment to this opportunity could allow for the transition to a paid job.

For more information, please contact Victoria King at (504) 486-8699, or email volunteer@voagno.org.

Volunteers of America Job Fair October 26-27th

JOB FAIR!

October 26 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

St. Tammany Career Solutions Center

524 Gause Blvd. Slidell, LA 70458

October  27 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Volunteers of America

823 Carroll St, Suite B Mandeville, LA 70448

Must Be At Least 21 Years of Age.

You MUST Bring a Copy of Driver’s License and Proof of Automobile Insurance

At Home in the Gayoso Community

Meet Kenny, a resident of Volunteers of America’s Gayoso group home.  Gayoso is one of Volunteers of America’s 12 community homes located in residential neighborhoods in the New Orleans area.  These homes provide services for adults with developmental disabilities.  Each home has a comfortable, family-like environment where residents can get the care they need and learn new skills.

Kenny came to live at the Gayoso home in September 2009.  Kenny has moderate mental retardation and before coming to the Gayoso home he also struggled with an addiction to alcohol and had a brush with the law.  By the time Kenny came to the Gayoso home he knew the consequences of alcohol and drug use and didn’t want to go down that road again.  Kenny was very motivated to change his life around and quickly followed the Gayoso community home’s procedures established to help him make strides in his path towards independence.  He made swift progress with his behavior and was set free from the charges pressed against him.

Kenny continues to become increasingly more independent.  Last year he started working for the sanitation department of the Arc of Greater New Orleans.  Arc provides employment opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities through numerous Arc Enterprises.  Kenny really enjoys his new job.  He works in a kitchen where he keeps the facility neat and clean, but as an excellent side benefit he gets to sample all of the food!  Kenny now spends his free time and extra earnings going out to see movies in the theater or watching DVDs at the Gayoso home.  At a striking 6 foot 8 inches tall he can still beat everybody in a basketball game, but prefers being a movie buff.

Kenny says his favorite part of living at the Gayoso home are the fun summer vacations they all take together.  He always enjoys being on the go and visiting new places.  Last year the Gayoso community home residents took a trip to Atlanta where they visited the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Museum, the Georgia Aquarium, Coca-Cola World, Six Flags, and lots of shopping malls.  This summer they plan on taking a road trip to Memphis where they’ll visit the recording studios of legendary music labels Stax Records and Sun Records, the Beale Street music strip, some theme parks and swimming pools, and maybe even a drive by Graceland!

To learn more about our community group homes please call (504) 835-3005 or visit the Community Living Services page on our website.