The Volunteers of America Chesapeake Blog

This grandfather spent 7 years in federal prison; why he calls the experience a ‘stepping stone’

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Today, Gary Antonino, a 61-year-old grandfather of two, works with special education students and adults with disabilities at the National Center on Institutions and Alternatives (NCIA).

But five years ago, his life was different.

He was a federal inmate.

Gary served seven years at Cumberland Federal Correctional Institution for a financial crime. (more…)

Defining a “Church Without Walls;” Podcast #4

In this edition of our Vision and Voices podcast, we discuss what we mean when we call ourselves a “church without walls.”


PRESS RELEASE: VOAC Will Provide Homeless Intake in Loudoun County

Volunteers of America Chesapeake selected to provide intake services to Loudoun County homeless

Loudoun Co., VA, (March 31, 2017) – Those struggling with homelessness or housing instability in Loudoun County will soon have a new point of contact for help. Volunteers of America Chesapeake has been awarded a contract to operate the county’s Coordinated Entry System.


A Whole Room in Prayer


If you follow us on social media, you saw this picture last week from our first prayer breakfast of the year.

It is captivating to see an entire room in prayer. That’s why we wanted to share this photo again and reflect on the power of bowing our heads together to pray for our community and its leaders.

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20 ESV


Open Letter to Congress on American Health Care Act

Dear congressional legislators –

As a faith-based non-profit serving over 4,200 men, women and children collectively in MD, VA and the District of Columbia, Volunteers of America Chesapeake is concerned about mental health, addictions services and caring for the intellectual/developmentally disabled population in your jurisdiction. (more…)

VIDEO: From VOAC client to employee

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Monet Gallaway went from being a resident at Pratt House, supportive housing facility, to a volunteer, to an employee.  (more…)

Reverend Shares Hiking Adventure, Motivates Audience

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Rev. Tom Hafer shared his inspirational story at our Residential Re-Entry Center in Baltimore last month. (more…)