A Message from Our President/CEO

A Message from our President/CEO

Thank You for the Difference You Make in People’s Lives

Looking over the past year at Volunteers of America, we are filled with gratitude for you—our donors, supporters and volunteers. You made it possible for us to change the lives of so many people in need—more than 52,000 during the past year. Whether you are a new supporter or long-time friend, you made a positive difference in thousands of lives.

Volunteers of America completes a year of accomplishments and is moving forward in exciting new directions. First, an announcement. In January 2018, we changed our name to Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana. We truly serve 16 parishes that extend well beyond metro New Orleans. Our new name reflects who and where we serve, especially during a time of growth.

For example, we continue to grow our work in Houma. This past year, we started the Homeless Veterans Reintegration program there and opened the doors to Academy Place, an independent senior living community in the heart of the city. In St. John, St. Charles, Jefferson and St. Tammany parishes, we are accelerating our Repairs on Wheels program for elderly homeowners. North of Lake Pontchartrain we are expanding much-needed mental health services.

Our progress is possible because of the energetic, wise leadership of our Board of Directors, including our Board Chair Geoffrey C. Artigues and Chuck Viator as a new director.

Finally, we applaud our employees who bring professional skills and loving hearts to work each day. Several Volunteers of America staffers recently returned from a mission trip to Puerto Rico to help hurricane victims still facing immense challenges. This is a small example of the caring that all our staff display each and every day.

On behalf of those we have served this year, we extend our gratitude to you, our supporters, for uplifting lives and our communities.

James M. LeBlanc

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