January 2020

  • January 3, 2020

    #MissionMoment: We currently have a Veteran enrolled in our services that is working towards achieving his housing, employment and benefit goals. Since enrolling with us he has found an apartment and started an undergraduate application to learn computer programming. Since he is apart of the #VOAIllinois family he was eligible to submit gifts for his children this holiday season. Upon receiving the gifts, he had tears in his eyes because this was the first time in two years he was able to give his children gifts. He expressed how proud he is for how far he has come! We are so proud of all the hard work this Veteran is putting into reaching his goals and can't wait to see what's next for him! #TheVOAWay

  • January 10, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Since 1896, #VOAIllinois has been working to correct life's greatest inequities. We've been serving individuals and families who need it most, when they need it most, by ensuring they have a place to call home and the support they need to thrive. Our staff recently received a letter from a Veteran we helped to provide a new beginning. He was struggling with addiction and homelessness and due to our services we were able to give him the support and opportunity he needed to move forward. Click here to read the full letter! #TheVOAWay 

  • January 17, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Meet Jackie, a resident at our Spruce Manor housing development in Jacksonville. Jackie has MS and is refined to a wheelchair. Most days she requires a lift and personal assistant to get her in and out of bed. Jackie has one of the most positive and uplifting spirits at Spruce Manor and loves the independence she receives. In spite of everything, Jackie continues to live life to the fullest! This past November we honored her with our Courage Award at our annual luncheon. It's people like Jackie that remind us why we do what we do. #TheVOAWay 

  • January 24, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Recently, a female Veteran in our program shared a story with us that inspired her to #payitforward. Before she enrolled in #VOAIllinois' services she received a baby shower as part of her participation in another program. She shared with her service coordinator that she would like to do the same for someone else. This week she stopped by our offices and donated new baby clothes and a stroller to a parent in foster care! It's little moments like these that go on to change someones outlook on life. #TheVOAWay 

  • January 31, 2020

    #MissionMoment: For 123 years we’ve been serving individuals, families, and communities who need it most, when they need it most. Watch our video here to learn more about the work we do! #TheVOAWay 

February 2020

  • February 7, 2020

    #MissionMoment: We had a special visit from Congressman Danny Davis' office this week! His team stopped by Hope Manor I to talk to the Veterans about the resources available to them and engaged in conversations about ways to continue to improve their community. Thank you for taking time to talk to the Veterans this week! #TheVOAWay

  • February 14, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Today the ladies of Delta Gamma from DePaul volunteered at Hope Manor I. The ladies helped organize the recent donations we received and re-arranged the clothing closet to ensure the Veterans had access to the many wonderful donations we've received. They also spent time meeting with the Veterans and handing out Valentine's to them. The Veterans were so excited to receive a Valentine this year! We are so grateful for this partnership and look forward to working together again ❤️ #TheVOAWay

  • February 21, 2020

    #MissionMoment: We are dedicated to providing a new beginning to Veterans and their families who are living in crisis or in-stability. One of the ways we do this is by providing Veterans with the items they need, when they need them. A couple weeks ago we distributed new winter coats to the individuals and families we serve. Shortly after we received a voicemail from a Veteran that put a smile on our faces! It's moments like these that remind us why we've been doing this work since 1896. To read the full message click here#TheVOAWay

  • February 28, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Did you know we've been providing a brighter future to children since we opened our doors in 1896? Our program might not look the same as it did 124 years ago but providing children with everything they need to succeed still is. Check out our video here to see what our foster care program looks like today! #TheVOAWay

March 2020

  • March 6, 2020

    #MissionMoment: In partnership with our National office and affiliates across the country we traveled to Washington D.C. to participate in Hill Day this week. Our team met with Senator Duckworth and Senator Durbin to provide an update on the work that we're currently doing and what's to come. It was a great day to advocate for the individuals, families, and communities we serve. We're so grateful for the constant support we receive from them! #TheVOAWay

  • March 13, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Today is an exciting day as we celebrate Nancy Hughes Moyer's 14th anniversary as President and CEO of VOA Illinois! Nancy's passion for social work started at a young age when she started volunteering at nursing homes and food kitchens. Today, Nancy has expanded our service lines and grown the organization with no plans on stopping! We're grateful for everything Nancy has done and look forward to the next 14 years! To hear more about Nancy's journey you can listen to this recent podcast interview with her. To listen click here. #TheVOAWay 

  • March 20, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Today we wanted to highlight the work of our staff during this pandemic! Many have gone above and beyond to make sure the people we serve are comfortable and that life doesn't change too much for them. We've had staff run to the grocery store at all hours when items have been restocked. We have staff stopping by schools to get bagged lunches for the residents. We have staff walking through our properties and knocking on every door everyday to check in with each resident. We are so proud of our staff and everything they are doing to make sure everyone is safe and has the essential items to get through each day. #TheVOAWay