A Message from Our President/CEO
A Message from our President/CEO
THIS YEAR, LIKE ALL YEARS, YOU HELP US DO SO MUCH
As we complete a rewarding year of service to people in need, we salute you—our devoted supporters, donors, volunteers and friends.
You are more than advocates. Your gifts of time, activism and financial resources make possible everything we do to help the most vulnerable in our communities. Volunteers of America remains a collaborative movement in which many people unite to help others.
Over the past year, you effectively ended homelessness for veterans in New Orleans. That's right; we have a place for every veteran on the streets. You expanded affordable housing for seniors in the Houma area. You brought life-saving help to veterans struggling with post traumatic stress and independence to persons with disabilities. You fed 1.3 million nutritious meals to local at-risk school children. You even saved lives. Our Crisis Response program on the Northshore works daily to prevent suicide.
There are too many accomplishments to list. Overall, we affirm that our organization is growing in all the right ways—in stability, in outreach and in proper allocation of resources to effectively uplift people in need.
A prime reason for Volunteers of America's success is the stellar leadership of our Board of Directors. We welcome two new distinguished board members, David Konur, CEO, Cardiovascular Institute of the South in Houma, and attorney Lynn Swanson, managing member of Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC.
Our amazing staff also deserves applause. This year, three outside organizations recognized the quality of our staff. Our all-important CARF accreditation was renewed, and we credit our staff members for their hard work in earning reaccreditation. The American Correctional Association accreditation was renewed for our Residential Re-Entry program, and the surveyors made a special note that residents were treated humanely and with dignity. And, Unity of Greater New Orleans honored our Supportive Services program as "Outstanding Homeless Program of the Year." These three accomplishments display the commitment and excellence shown every day by staff members in every program.
In 2016, Volunteers of America celebrated 120 years of service to our country's vulnerable neighbors. Our local organization has been active in New Orleans for most all of those years, always reaching out and improving the lives of people in great need.
Thanks to you, our supporters, we are poised for a bright future of helping people who need help the most. On behalf of those we have served this year, we extend our gratitude for uplifting their lives and our communities.
James M. LeBlanc