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Make a Christmas Wish Come True!

Start dusting off your Santa hats and breaking out the gift wrap! Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans is gearing up for our 15th Annual Christmas Wish Project to spread some holiday cheer to those in need this season. But we can’t do it without you! How can you HELP? We are currently serving more

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Steve Dooley “Flips the Script”

Steve Dooley’s life took many twists and turns before he arrived at Volunteers of America.  He went from “zero to hero”, rising up from a tough background to being a social worker with two master’s degrees and as Steve jokes, “a theoretical Ph.D from the streets”. But a couple years ago the harsh economy took

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The Home Depot Foundation Announces $105,000 Grant to Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans to Help Homeless Veterans

New Orleans, LA (October 4, 2011) – As part of its “Celebration of Service” initiative to honor U.S. military veterans, The Home Depot® Foundation today announced a $105,000 grant to New Orleans based Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans to address the critical housing needs of U.S. military veterans. This grant is part of almost

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Jeff’s Story – Learning, Progressing, Moving Forward

Jeff is a native of Slidell who has recently reentered the work force after a year living in our Veterans Transitional Housing facility. This facility and program helps homeless veterans rebuild their lives by providing housing, job training, support services and more.  Prior to coming to Volunteers of America Jeff served in the army as

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Quiet Heroes with Sally-Ann Roberts on WWL

“Quiet Hero” David Garic is a retired U.S. Army major who has generously offered his time and talent to support veterans at Volunteers of America’s Veterans Transitional Housing Program. Veterans make up 1/5th of the homeless population in the US and there are 1,200 to 2,800 homeless veterans living in New Orleans.  Our Veterans Transitional

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Veterans’ Graduation Ceremony

The Veterans’ Transitional Program recently held a graduation commencement which marked the end of an eight-week program of instruction and individual coaching for homeless veterans. The purpose of the program was to assist veterans with returning to the workforce. Curriculum included training in resume construction and writing, job applications, interviewing techniques and skills, and practice

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Hollywood’s Story

Ronald, known as “Hollywood” to his friends, is a Gentilly native and Army veteran with a big smile and exuberant spirit. Ronald led a happy life before Hurricane Katrina. A proud homeowner in St. Bernard Parish, he had a good job with Shell, managing the company’s largest oil rig in the Gulf. He was also

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Veterans’ Transitional Housing Honors Veterans

On Veterans’ Day, our Veterans’ Transitional Housing program showed their support for our veterans with a celebration at our Napoleon Avenue facility. Vets were treated to a lunch and a ceremony featuring membersof the United States Marines Band. Gifts were given out to residents ofthe facility. Pictured is Veterans’ Program Director Randolph Macabitas briefing WWL-TV’s

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Louisiana’s Veterans’ Affairs Honors Our Veterans

On Friday, October 30, four residents of our Veteran’s Transitional Housing, James Parker, Bill Bailey, Ronald LeBlanc, and William Thompson (pictured left to right in between Case Manager Christopher Randall and Veterans Program Director Randolph Macabitas), received awards at a ceremony hosted by the State of Louisiana’s Veterans’ Affairs department. In attendance at the event

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