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Returning Citizens & the Developmentally Disabled, Vision and Voices Podcast #3

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In this episode, we speak with two women –one a 26 year veteran who now serves individuals with developmental disabilities, and the other the daughter of a former prisoner who’s now an advocate for returning citizens. They discuss how they have overcome discrimination to have an impact on the vulnerable.

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How to Become a VOAC Social Ambassador

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To truly raise awareness of the Mid-Atlantic’s vulnerable communities and continue the culture of giving we started with our #5WeeksofGiving campaign, we need you! (more…)

VIDEO: Our Renovations at Pratt House

Take a look at the BEFORE and AFTER video of our renovations at Pratt House–our supportive housing facility in Baltimore. We’re excited by the progress!  (more…)

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.

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