Uplifting Hearts featuring Khamisi Jordan

The men, women, and families who walk through the doors of Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana for the first time seeking help often think there is no hope left for them.  The staff who welcome these men and women to VOA programs do so with arms wide open – ready to help carry their burdens, lighten their load, and remind them that there is always hope. They are people with a passion for uplifting others to help them rebuild their lives.  Khamisi Jordan is one of those passionate people.  Khamisi is a Community Case Manager at one of our VOA Veterans Resource Centers and if you know him personally,…

Sharing All Stories – A Reflection on DE&I by Robert Campbell

hen asked to participate in the DE&I effort here at Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana, I was honored, yet felt a significant responsibility to represent the Retail team. This committee is vitally important for our current and future team members, as well as our customers, in a very diverse and sometimes emotional dialogue around access, opportunity, and inclusion for all. We have an incredible opportunity to ensure our organization, our retail store team members, and leaders represent the communities in which we do business and extend our mission efforts. I want to be part of this DE&I team that…

Sharing All Stories – A Reflection on DE&I by Tara Foxworth-Reese

I became a DE&I Ambassador because I genuinely love people. Most importantly, I love seeing people thrive and being part of their process of change. One of the biggest ways we can ensure this change takes place is by seeing people as individuals and actively listening as they identify what their needs are. Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana does a great job of listening, not only to clients, but to staff as well. When I first joined the VOA family, I was excited about working with the Veteran population because my father was a veteran. He always spoke so…

Back to School Wardrobe

While it might feel like summer just started, it’s getting to be that time of year again… that’s right, it’s back-to-school season!

It’s a fun and exciting time for kids as they look forward to their first day of the new school year. But it can also be stressful and expensive for parents. That’s why shopping at VOA Thrift for kids’ clothing makes sense! You can snag amazing finds at great value for everyone in the family.

Check out the variety of children’s clothing in our stores below! You can find something for everyone (and even for your home), but here we’re highlighting our kid’s collection. They’ve likely outgrown last year’s wardrobe and will need some “new to them” outfits for school!

Help All Kids Reach for the Stars

Operation Backpack® is a Volunteers of America signature program that helps local kids reach their full potential and thrive as they start the school year. Community members like you rally together to donate backpacks and school supplies to give kids the confidence and tools they need to succeed and dream big.

3-Step DIY Project

Summer is officially in full swing! It’s past time to break out the pool noodles and fire up the grill! In this month’s blog, we’re sharing a simple DIY project to help you welcome summertime. Our DIY chalkboard can be used to highlight your gathering’s menu items, pool rules, inspirational quotes, or even keep your grocery list for the week!

This project is also a great one to keep your little ones busy this summer. Whether they make the chalkboard themselves or you provide it to them as an “old school iPad” with fun chalk colors… it’s sure to be a hit.

PTSD: Signs & Symptoms

In June, we recognize PTSD Awareness Month. People living with PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, have experienced or witnessed a life-threatening or terrifying event. It’s a mental health condition that can cause flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety, and uncontrollable thoughts about the event. Not just this month, but every month, it’s important to understand how to support and care for those living with PTSD.

Fun & Easy Summer Craft

You can feel it in the air…summer is just around the corner! Whether you’re looking for a creative way to spice up your warm weather decorations or you need a project to keep the kids busy, in this month’s thrift blog, we have an easy DIY project anyone can do! Plus, you can find most of the materials you’ll need at VOA Thrift.

The DIY Candle Holder: We’ll use fake dried flowers for our project, but you can use glitter, pictures, or even cut-outs from magazines.

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