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Archive for April, 2010

Annual Report

This past year has been a remarkable one—not only for us as an organization, but for those we have served, continue to serve and those we will serve in the future.

We stayed the course through the seas of economic change; maintained the highest standards of quality and accountability with our supporters and accrediting entities; and above all, continued to reach and uplift more than 2 million people in need of support—both physically and spiritually.

Our 114-year-old commitment to service made this possible…and so much more. Our history has given us the experience and the confidence to weather new storms.

By remaining steadfast to our mission, we were able to do what we do best: forge new paths for supporting and empowering individuals in need. Every day, more than 6,000 Americans celebrate their 65th birthday, which means one of our nation’s greatest needs will be caring for the projected 71.5 million people who will be age 65 or older by the year 2030.

With that in mind, we launched our new initiative—Aging with Options™—an initiative built on our organization’s solid foundation of senior housing, long-term care and case management services. Aging with Options will revolutionize the way in which older Americans receive care by deploying technology-enhanced, person-centered service models designed to better enable seniors to maintain their independence and dignity as they become frail.

In 2009, we continued our work on Capitol Hill where our messages of support for the CLASS SS Act and increased Section 202 senior housing were heard by our nation’s decision makers. We generated the opening of almost 300 additional units of senior housing, fostering new relationships and opportunities for the coming year. Our constant forging ahead has lifted us into the spotlight of recognition as one of the nation’s oldest and most experienced providers of aging services for Americans—and we are ready to lead the way.

In concert with our focus on an unprecedented, growing number of aging Americans, we launched our Look Up and Hope initiative to break the cycle of poverty for children affected by incarceration, improve family functioning and preserve families. We also continued to provide services and programs to support and empower our veterans, at-risk youth, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions and people with disabilities. Our approach is always person-centered because it is the best way to ensure positive outcomes for those who feel they are struggling alone and that all hope is gone. We remain at each person’s side, every step of the way, as they journey down their personal road to recovery.

Forging new paths is something that we have been doing since its inception. Our founders, Maud and Ballington Booth, realized more than a century ago that powerful social and economic conditions—hunger, poverty, sickness and disease—must be addressed through the mind, body, heart, and ultimately the spirit, of each individual we serve. At that time, this was a revolutionary new way of caring for the nation’s most vulnerable populations. Today, it is the core of our ministry of service.

As we continue to forge new paths for helping those most in need, we infuse our founders’ proven approach in every program and service we offer, strengthening communities across the nation. We invite you to share in our journey as we continue to move forward in faith and service.

Sincerely,

Charles W. Gould, National President

C. David Kikumoto, National Board Chairman

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Volunteers of America will host its second panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 11 starting at 10 a.m. This year, our panel of nationally recognized experts will explore the urgent issues concerning Women and Aging that will affect our nation’s workplaces, public policy and economy for years to come.

Panelists will include Norah O’Donnell, chief Washington correspondent for NBC News; Michelle Singletary, author and nationally-syndicated personal finance columnist with the Washington Post; Heather Boushey, senior economist with the Center for American Progress and co-author of The Shriver Report: A Woman’s World Changes Everything;” Rosemarie Rae, executive vice president of strategy for Volunteers of America; and moderator Dr. Bob Arnot, a nationally-known author and health commentator.

The discussion will focus on questions such as: What should be done to care for elderly women who have exhausted their resources caring for others? How can women prepare for their own golden years while balancing careers, children and caring for their parents or loved ones?

In preparation for the needs of our nation’s rapidly growing senior population, Volunteers of America worked with Lake Research Partners to conduct a poll to identify the most challenging issues facing older women and their caregivers. View Our Findings

If you would like to attend, please register online or call Besama Alghussein at (703) 341-7017.

For information on last year’s National Press Club event, click here.

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