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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 

  • March 27, 2020

    #MissionMoment: The men that live at Hope Manor I had a great surprise this week when an anonymous donor dropped off tons of fresh food for them! This donation was so unexpected and appreciated, especially during this time. With everything going on in the world, we love seeing all the random acts of kindness happening. It's great to see so many people coming together to support each other. #TheVOAWay #RandomActsofKindness

April 2020

  • April 3, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Today we #wearblue to support the end of child abuse. At VOA Illinois we are committed to providing #greatchildhoods to the children we serve by doing all we can to provide them with a brighter future. Even though we're working from home our staff put on their blue to raise awareness! Are you wearing blue and want to show your support to end child abuse? Send us your photos or tag us and we'll share on our page! #TheVOAWay #ChildAbusePreventionMonth

  • April 10, 2020

    #MissionMoment: In honor of #ChildAbusePreventionMonth our Auxiliary Board member did a collection of essential items in her apartment building for the children we serve. These items are so important right now and will help many of the families we serve. Thank you for thinking of those we serve during this time! #TheVOAWay #GreatChildhoods #COVID

  • April 17, 2020

    #MissionMoment: We're beyond blessed and lucky to have so many amazing partners donating meals to the people we serve. Thank you Vrdolyak Law Group for thinking of the Veterans and families we serve at Hope Manor II! Our Veterans were so appreciative and we can't wait to have you visit our properties after all this ends! #TheVOAWay

  • April 24, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Our volunteers are providing hope to our residents during this difficult time. Due to the current stay at home order, our residents haven't been able to see their family or friends in weeks. In an effort to bring hope and joy to them, volunteers have started to send letters of hope! The letters have been a surprise to our residents and left them smiling for days! In times like these, a small act of kindness goes a long way. #TheVOAWay #ThankYou #InThisTogether

May 2020

  • May 1, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Elara Caring surprised our residents at Balsam Terrace and Spruce Manor Apartments with a car parade to say hi!! The residents were so excited and were able to go outside and wave as the cars drove by. Watch the video here and see what special guest made an appearance! #TheVOAWay #ThankYou #InThisTogether

  • May 8, 2020

    #MissionMoment: We're blown away by the support we've received from our community during this pandemic. Every donation goes directly to the individuals & families we serve to keep them safe & healthy. Thank you to so many that have stepped up to support us during this difficult time! #TheVOAWay #ThankYOU #InThisTogether

  • May 15, 2020

    #MissionMoment: We have been blown away by the generosity and support from so many people in our community! To everyone that has donated food, sewed masks, sent letters of hope, and so much more thank you for being their for the individuals, families, and communities we serve. Once the stay at home order is lifted, we hope to see all of you and show you just how much your support means! #TheVOAWay #InThisTogether #Grateful

  • May 22, 2020

    #MissionMoment: In honor of #MemorialDay we remember all those that lost their life fighting for our freedoms, may they never be forgotten. Watch our video in honor of Memorial Day here.  #TheVOAWay #MDW2020 #MilitaryAppreciationMonth

  • May 29, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Thank you to our new partner Frito-Lay for donating 500 boxes of single shelf items to the individuals, families, and communities we serve! We can’t wait to see the smiles on so many of the children and families while they’re enjoying this delicious treat. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many and we’re grateful for your support! #TheVOAWay

June 2020

  • June 5, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Since 1896, we've been serving individuals, families, and communities who need it most when they need it most. Watch our video to hear from individuals and families whose lives have been changed by our services. #TheVOAWay

  • June 12, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Our front line staff have gone above and beyond during these difficult times and we're so grateful for their dedication to serve those who need us most. Thank you for staying committed to our work and the people we serve. Watch our thank you video to the front line staff.  #TheVOAWay

  • June 19, 2020

    In honor of Juneteenth we did not share a #MissionMoment story. Instead we shared information about the importance of Juneteenth. Today marks the 155th anniversary of #Juneteenth. Today we celebrate our country completely abolishing slavery. As an organization, we continue to learn and work towards equality and justice. You can learn more about the history of #JuneteenthDay here:

  • June 26, 2020

    #MissionMoment: In an effort to help our youth understand the importance of wearing a mask in public and social distancing our team at Hope Manor Joliet opened a candy store. Youth are able to stop by while supplies last & grab their favorite treat while following guidelines. The store has provided youth with a safe way to learn the importance of social distancing as we continue to move through the phases. Plus, what youth doesn't love candy! #TheVOAWay

July 2020

  • July 3, 2020

    #MissinMoment: We are so grateful for our partner Yankee Peach Designs for working with us to create these adorable children's masks! These masks will go to the kids participating in summer camp to help keep them safe while allowing them to participate in educational and fun programming. If you were a kid, which one would you wear? #TheVOAWay

  • July 10, 2020

    #MissionMoment: This week we had a surprise donation drop off from Amazonvestlife store! They delivered PPE, nonperishable food to fill our food pantry, and catered a meal to the Veterans living at Hope Hall. This donation means so much to the people that we serve. We're so grateful for your support! #TheVOAWay #ThankYou

  • July 17, 2020

    #MissionMoment: We're so grateful for local partners like Institute for Nonviolence Chicago! They recently stopped by Hope Manor I and donated face masks, hand soaps, deodorant, and hand sanitizers for the Veterans we serve! These items are essential to keeping the people we serve safe and healthy! To learn how you can get involved visit:
    #TheVOAWay #ThankYOU

  • July 24, 2020

    #MissionMoment: Over the past couple weeks, board members and their families have been writing cards to the children and parents we serve to brighten their day. Some of the cards are hand drawn and others share a favorite quote or touching message. We know the families are going to love receiving them! #TheVOAWay #ActsofKindness