Volunteers of America touches the lives of almost 1.5 million people in 400 communities across the United States each year. Since 1896, our highly-trained and dedicated staff, numbered at over 16,000, and volunteer corps have worked, not only to serve those in need, but also have strived to innovate and transform the way in which these services are delivered.
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Moral injury is a relatively recent term used to describe a crisis that soldiers have faced for centuries, the internal suffering that results from doing something against your moral code. In essence it is a wound to the conscience. However, it is not just military members that can experience this. And what is this?
It is soul anguish, a broken spirit, a shredded soul.
Anyone who works with marginalized, at-risk populations has probably seen that empty stare that can be moral injury. People in poverty. People struggling with addiction. People whose daily lives and their choices erode their feeling of being a good and decent person, worthy of respect. People who carry unprocessed grief and guilt in ordinary life. People with stressful life-and-death type situational jobs such as police officers, doctors and nurses. Because of things we do, witness, are ordered to do, or fail to do in high stakes situations. We can lose our moral foundations and our sense of being a good person.
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Since 1896, through hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps 1.5 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states.
August 25, 2022
Volunteers of America Launches First Responder Support Service: Free, Peer-to-Peer Program Addresses Nationwide Crisis among First Responders
July 22, 2022
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 20, 2022—Volunteers of America has named Karen M. Dale, R.N. MSN to a two-year term as chairperson of its national board of directors effective July 1, 2022.
February 24, 2022
New Incubator Program Launching to Support Community Health Entrepreneurship Serving Vulnerable Populations
Volunteers of America and the Humana Foundation are partnering to accelerate social enterprises that improve quality, equity and access to care for Medicaid patients and other vulnerable populations
January 29, 2021
Millionacres Podcast Features VOA Affordable Housing and Senior Healthcare Services
July 24, 2020
Social service organizations like Volunteers of America, and other nonprofits, continue to be on the front lines during the pandemic providing life-saving resources to those who need it most. Now, many nonprofits are in jeopardy during the current economic crisis and are in need of support.
June 11, 2020
Hear from our Executive VP, National Services, Sharon Wilson-Geno on what a second wave of the virus could mean to our older population, and how VOA continues to be on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis.