Helping America's Most Vulnerable

A Message from Our President/CEO

A Message from our President/CEO


Volunteers of America is a lot like New Orleans and the surrounding region we serve. We're both a dynamic mix of the historic and the new. We're both inspired by spirited, generous people, and we have an exciting future ahead.

Over the past year, Volunteers of America has remained committed to well-established programs that help people in need year after year. At the same time, we're creating innovative new ways to address current human issues. And, we're expanding geographically. Focusing on all these things simultaneously keeps Volunteers of America relevant and effective.

2014-15 has been a great year for existing programs such as our veteran's initiatives and Fresh Food Factor. Our work with veterans, in particular, is thriving. We proudly report that we helped meet Mayor Mitch Landrieu's challenge to effectively end veterans' homelessness in New Orleans. We continue to lead in helping veterans in crisis in many beneficial ways.

We're staying current with new efforts such as our Positive Pathways Program, known as P3, which intervenes in the lives of young offenders, giving them the attention and guidance they need to turn their lives around. We're also deepening our commitment to Terrebonne Parish with Bayou Cane Apartment homes, a workforce housing community in Houma. Another development for seniors, Houma School Apartments, is in the works.

One thing that never changes is our appreciation of our volunteers and donors. We rely on old friends and new friends such as the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, like the Home Depot Foundation and The Brown Foundation to help us transform the lives of the 55,000 people we served last year.

At Volunteers of America we say that we serve thousands of people a year, but we do it one person at a time. Our work remains deeply personal, and we treat each person who comes to us for help as an individual.

Volunteers of America has been transforming lives in New Orleans since the 1890s. We continue to look ahead with hope. If you'd like to join us as a donor or volunteer, or if you'd like to learn more about our organization, contact us anytime.

James M. LeBlanc

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