5 Weeks of Giving Starts Now!

7,789 homeless people in Maryland

14% of all Maryland homeless are veterans

1 in 4 children live under the poverty line in D.C.


These federal statistics are heartbreaking. What’s worse? They were calculated during a cold January day in 2016.

On this blog, we’ve talked about the correlations between mental illness, substance abuse, homelessness, and other factors that create vulnerable communities.

Now it’s time to act.

As you snuggle with your loved ones this holiday season, you have the power to make a huge difference in the lives of needy people.

Today, Volunteers of America Chesapeake launches our 5 Weeks of Giving campaign.

From today until December 31, we’re raising awareness about the concerns of the:

  • Homeless
  • Veterans
  • Substance Abusers
  • Individuals in Supportive Housing
  • Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
  • Individuals with Behavioral Health Concerns
  • Individuals Formally Incarcerated


Through this blog and our social media pages, we will spotlight inspiring individuals we’ve been honored to support and uplift to self-sufficiency.

We will also provide behind-the-scenes experiences of our facilities, talk about the role of faith in our services, and hear from a few of the thousands of volunteers, employees, and partners who make our work possible.

Every Sunday, we’ll provide a preview on this blog of the week to come.

Here’s the preview for the week of November 27-December 3, 2016

Theme: Caring


Michele Porter, director of VOAC’s Supportive Services for Veterans Program, talks about the importance of providing a caring atmosphere for vulnerable veterans


VIDEO: Our veterans team gives you a behind-the-scenes tour of the program and tell you first-hand how they empower veterans

TD Bank encourages everyone to join them in giving to Volunteers of America Chesapeake on #GivingTuesday


Employee Lauren Lee shares our #WednesdayWord and details how working at a faith-based organization has empowered her to serve clients in a caring way


VIDEO: Navy veteran Damian Rodriguez talks more about how Volunteers of America Chesapeake’s caring employees supported him through his lowest point of homelessness, while preserving his dignity, and helping him obtain permanent housing


VIDEO: WUSA 9 shares details of the news station’s partnership with us to collect toys for D.C.’s homeless and needy children

Experience these stories by connecting with us on our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages.

Please share, like, and comment using the hashtag #5WeeksofGiving.

Help us bring attention to the DMV’s most vulnerable while promoting giving.

Contribute here


Thank you for your support!


  1. Greetings,
    My husband is a Vietnam Era Vet and has PTSD. He is homerless. I have been a loyal wife of 42 years of age that has tried to stay in my marriage and has been too hard now that I’m am older. His mental status has steadily declining .I have suffered just attempting to help him.My question is what happens to the wives that have to deal with this very real disease that happened while in the military. My mental status has also declined. I cannot make him get help, I ,cannot live with him, at this chapter of my life. I’m giving up. At 60 and 42 years of trying to hold on to marriage that has failed due to his illness!!!

    • M Muse, this must be so stressful for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story because you are showing other military wives that they are not alone in their struggles. Are you interested in connecting with our veterans department? Their number is 844.461.2892. I hope you give us a call.

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