Our Success Stories

 

Melody & Ethan

Melody and Ethan are part of our Tampa area program that houses and serves families. Melody is a wonderful mom and Ethan is a fantastic kid. Because of your support, they have received the services and hope they needed. Melody will now serve on Volunteers of America of Florida’s Board of Directors. She will give outstanding insight into how to best serve families in need throughout Florida.

Teresa

Teresa was born & raised in Florida and is an Army Veteran. She served in the military for many years. After her service, she lost her civilian job and was on the brink of homelessness. Thankfully, Teresa had heard about Volunteers of America of Florida and was able to secure housing and utilize the available services we provide. Teresa now has a full-time job again, a safe place to live, and is an avid volunteer who believes strongly in giving back to her fellow veterans. There is no better gift this holiday season than to be able to serve those who have served.

Andres

Andres and his wife were homeless for years and suffering from mental illness. With your support, Volunteers of America of Florida was able to provide him & his family with a safe home and the support they needed to become independent again. This year, after 8 long years of hard work, Andres and his wife are both healthy, have secured jobs, and were able to get their own home near family.

Melody & Ethan

Melody and Ethan are part of our Tampa area program that houses and serves families. Melody is a wonderful mom and Ethan is a fantastic kid. Because of your support, they have received the services and hope they needed. Melody will now serve on Volunteers of America of Florida’s Board of Directors. She will give outstanding insight into how to best serve families in need throughout Florida.

Teresa

Teresa was born & raised in Florida and is an Army Veteran. She served in the military for many years. After her service, she lost her civilian job and was on the brink of homelessness. Thankfully, Teresa had heard about Volunteers of America of Florida and was able to secure housing and utilize the available services we provide. Teresa now has a full-time job again, a safe place to live, and is an avid volunteer who believes strongly in giving back to her fellow veterans. There is no better gift this holiday season than to be able to serve those who have served.

Andres

Andres and his wife were homeless for years and suffering from mental illness. With your support, Volunteers of America of Florida was able to provide him & his family with a safe home and the support they needed to become independent again. This year, after 8 long years of hard work, Andres and his wife are both healthy, have secured jobs, and were able to get their own home near family.

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20 hours ago

Volunteers of America of Florida

Attention #Veterans & Active Duty #Military Personnel! Free lunch at Mission BBQ today! As part of their #ArmedForces Week, Mission #BBQ is celebrating “Lunch With A #Hero”. When any Veteran and/or military personnel visit any Mission BBQ location today before 2pm you’ll receive a free sandwich. Enjoy, you deserve it!
Thank you Mission BBQ for all you do.
We ♥️ ya!
#ThankYou #GivingBack
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A #VOAFL team member has asked for a prayer for those affected by Mental Illness and their families. Many of us have been touched by mental illness in some way, whether through those we serve or through our personal experiences or families. Thank you to Kerry Forbes for providing this beautiful prayer.

"Heavenly Father, thank You for the opportunity to serve those in need and to lift up one another through prayer. Bless those who struggle with mental illness and bless their families. Help them to find and maintain happiness and stability and the proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Grant courage to face all challenges, wisdom in finding solutions and persistence in following the path to mental health and well-being. Help us to recognize when we need help and to ask for it as appropriate. Open the eyes of those who stigmatize mental illness, that they will have compassion and understanding towards those who are afflicted. With grateful hearts and hopeful spirits we pray in Jesus’ holy name, Amen."
#EndTheStigma #MentalHealthAwareness #Prayer #PrayerRequest #AllAreWelcome #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth #MentalIllness
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Ramadan Kareem.
Have you noticed some of your friends fasting during the day? Well, Tuesday marked the start of Ramadan in the US. In Islam, Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer. Fasting is one of the five fundamental principles of Islam. Each day during Ramadan, followers of Islam, or Muslims, do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset. During this time Muslims also strive to avoid impure thoughts and bad behavior. Muslims break their daily fasts by sharing meals with family and friends. The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival known as Id al-Fitr that is considered one of Islam’s major holidays. Ramadan Kareem, to all observing Ramadan.

Christians, Ramadan is similar to Lent. Many Christians observe Ramadan in solidarity with their Muslim friends and many Muslims observe Lent with their Christian friends in solidarity. Interesting, huh. 🙂

#Interfaith #DidYouKnow
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REMINDER: Come out to Sonny's Real Pit Bar B-Q Sebring tomorrow to support the Sebring, Florida #VOAFL program! Bring the attached flyer and 15%-25% of your bill will be donated back to Floridians in need. Grab your family and/or friends & enjoy some amazing food while giving back! Help spread the word! Can't wait to see you!
Sebring Chamber Visit Sebring Highlands News-Sun #GiveBack #Share #Dinner #Lunch Sonny's BBQ
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5 days ago

Volunteers of America of Florida

This was such a fantastic event with Greystone Health Network last month where team members spent the day beautifying the #VOAFL Tampa Program, James Cole Village. This month they are hosting a FOOD DRIVE for the month of May! The drive will be distributed to the Veterans & families served at James Cole Village in honor of Memorial Day.
We are incredibly honored and grateful for this new and special relationship with Greystone and for all they are doing to support Floridians in need.
#MemorialDay #TampaFL #ThankYou #FoodDrive #Veterans #Volunteer #GiveBack #GreystoneDOS2018Greystone Health Network spent yesterday at three Tampa nonprofits for our #GreystoneDOS2018. Our team members helped prepare and serve lunch for the homeless and needy at Trinity Cafe, assembled patio furniture and dug deep to plant a vegetable garden at James Cole Village housing for veterans and helped Metropolitan Ministries with gardening, landscaping, laying a paver patio and serving lunch. #GreystoneDOS2018 - Caring, Community, Camaradarie.
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Happy Happy Mother's Day!!!!
Sending lots of love to all motherly figures who better the lives of those around them each and every day. ♥️♥️♥️ #HappyMothersDay
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#VOAFL LOVES MISSION BBQ for many reasons, but that love thermometer continues to rise! How amazing are they to provide FREE sandwiches to all active duty service members and #Veterans from 5/14-5/19 (check out the flyer for full details)? Don't miss #ArmedForces Week at #MissionBBQ!
Mission Bbq, Tampa, Fl has asked us to send a special request to come out to their location and celebrate (perhaps there's a friendly competition between stores). ☺️
mission-bbq.com/armed-forces-week-2018
Military.com American Military News Military Times FB Military and Veteran Community
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#WTG to the amazing team at #VOAFL Hialeah Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program in Hialeah, Florida! The residents were showered with extra love to celebrate #MothersDay! #DYK there are 1 Million #Seniors that live alone in the U.S. where half of this population will spend many holidays alone. Are you interested in volunteering or sponsoring an event to ensure this deserving population feels the LOVE too? Please email the Development team at info@voa-fla.org or call (727) 369-8500!
#Donate #Nonprofit #Elderly #holiday #socialization
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Thank you @Huffpost & @MHA for sharing this wonderful information.
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#MentalHealth #CareGivers
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1 week ago

Volunteers of America of Florida

WOW, what a day! #VOAFL is incredibly honored to witness team members at Harris Corporation work together to produce approximately 50 blankets that will be going to #Veterans living at Cocoa Veterans Village in Cocoa, Florida. Thank you for allowing us to be part of this inspiring day and for all that you are doing for Floridians in need! Shout out as well for building these amazing bikes too!
Palm Bay, Florida Supporting Our Veterans U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs NVHS National Veterans Homeless Support Brevard County Emergency Management #ThursdayThoughts
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1 week ago

Volunteers of America of Florida

#TBT when Charlie Crist and City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA Mayor Rick Kriseman came to visit the Support Center. This visit may have been just last month, but #VOAFL was honored to share the incredible things being done to assist Floridians in need and discuss housing needs. ... See MoreSee Less

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Shout out to Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins for the ongoing support of FREE #baseball tickets through the Ballpark Buddies Program! This incredible donation of tickets has such an amazing impact on #VOAFL participants and team members. In many instances participants have never been to a baseball game or it's been many years. Thank you for doing what you do and assisting Floridians in need!
MLB #RaysUp #LetsGoFish #ThankYou #Donation Tropicana Field Marlins Park City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA Miami, Florida
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