The Volunteers of America Chesapeake Blog

Vision & Voices Podcast #2

In this episode of Vision and Voices,  we take a journey through the life of a former federal inmate. He explains how he rebuilt his life while helping others inmates do the same. We also talk about the myths, barriers, and benefits of community re-entry programs. (more…)

Prayer Breakfasts Return in March

Our community prayer breakfast series returns in March!

The events attracted dozens of faith leaders and community members in 2016. Attendees break down in large and small groups to pray for peace and God’s presence in our region. We then serve free breakfast.

Check out this video from one of our first prayer breakfasts in September. (more…)

Deborah’s Story: Raising 4 grandchildren while homeless

“When I came to [Pratt], I was kind of broken. My children who I thought were going to be such productive people in society—two of them were not. And you go through this thing where you blame yourself…but eventually you say, ‘God it is in your hands.’ My counselor Mrs. Eaddy at Pratt helped me spiritually to realize that I was capable of getting through raising my grandchildren. She told me I shouldn’t doubt myself.”

–Deborah Leight, former resident of VOAC’s Pratt Transitional Housing Program (more…)

A Happy Hour to Support the Homeless

Food. Drinks. Networking. All to raise awareness and support for the homeless community in Howard County.

We had a great time at our Leola Dorsey Announcement Happy Hour hosted by Greene Turtle on February 7.


News Coverage of Veterans Program

We are expanding our veterans program in Virginia, and several news outlets are talking! Veterans and their families in Northwest and Southwest Virginia can now receive everything from housing stability assistance to benefits support.

Here’s some coverage we have received: (more…)

A Preview of Our New Podcast: Vision and Voices

In case you haven’t noticed…we’ve launched a podcast!


The first episode of Vision and Voices aired during the last week of January on Dragon Digital Radio.

Listen to our first episode: (more…)

Thank You, Epsilon Zeta Boule Foundation!

The Epsilon Zeta Boule Foundation has presented a $7,000 check to our Loudoun County Homeless Services Center.

The foundation, represented by General Arthur T. Dean– Chairman and CEO of the Community Anti-Drug Coalition– delivered the donation to Elizabeth Hodge of our Loudoun County Homeless Services Center. (more…)