Victoria shatters stereotypes by crunching data
volunteer work helps her find the story behind the numbers
Victoria built a career crunching data at luxury hotels all over the world and using it to ways to improve their success. Now she is using her expertise to help Volunteers of America. “There is a story to tell behind the data,” she says. “And to be able to translate it to show the success of...
Diana saves lives at Crosswalk teen shelter
retired nurse uses head, hands and heart to heal homeless kids
Complications from Multiple Sclerosis forced Diana to retire from her full-time job as a Nurse Practitioner. She may be retired but there’s nothing retiring about her passion for helping others. Now she’s using her head, hands and heart to save lives at Crosswalk teen shelter...
Teachers' sorority's contributions give an education in giving
Alpha Delta Kappa ready to help anywhere, anytime
At Volunteers of America, the support of Alpha Delta Kappa teachers’ sorority can be seen around every corner. “They’re like a benevolent sleeper cell,” says Hope House director Rusty Barnett. “Anything we need we can call ADK and it’s here in an instant—quilts and blankets, gloves and hats, hygiene items and more."...
Home Depot Foundation improves home for veterans
Home Depot volunteers and $30,000 gift transforms two homes for vets
By the time the volunteers were done, it literally looked like a brand new house. Everyone went above and beyond. When they completed the work earlier than planned, they announced they were going to paint the house! A supervisor from the Home Depot paint department took color samples and brought back matching...
Pat learns that patience really is a virtue
former teacher forms special connection with homeless teens
Pat had driven past Crosswalk for years but didn’t really know what it was all about. After a few inquiries she learned it was a teen shelter, a school and a place where teens in crisis could get a hot meal, a warm bed and an education. She loved the idea. “When I was a teenager, we didn’t have Crosswalk as an option. Some of us...
The Karelson's make a difference by working together
“To us, helping out and feeling appreciated for it is the best gift we could ever receive," says Kayla Karelson. "We would have signed up sooner had we known it would be like this, honestly.”...
Tyler's friendship fuels former foster youth through college
volunteering as a mentor offers "absolute joy"
Entrepreneur Tyler Lafferty had a lot going for him—he had two wildly successful businesses, a big happy family and had traveled the world. He was a model of success. So, it wasn’t surprising that he was asked to be speak at career day. But what happened there surprised even him...
Karen and Mary quilt for homeless women and veterans
custom quilts tell homeless: "hold on. you can do it."
“We don’t want these to belong to a bed,” says Karen. “They should be given to people. We want them to pick what they like and keep it. For kids who don’t have much it will be their blanky. For a young mom just scraping by, suddenly their baby will have a quilt of its own. It’s a small thing for us but it can make a huge impact”...
Dan builds therapeutic garden at the vets' house that healed him
newfound stability reawakened his giving spirit
After more than fifteen years of homelessness, Dan was missing most of his teeth, didn’t have any identification and was generally in bad health.He had been surviving one day at a time for as long as he could remember. But all that changed in a few short months at the R & R House...
Lee Ann takes her first steps into a new life
Hope House offers her an apartment of her own
It should have been the happiest day of Lee Ann’s life. But on her way up the stairs to her new apartment, the reality of the situation hit her. She didn’t have sheets or silverware. She didn’t even have an alarm clock to wake up for her new job the next morning. As she put her foot on the first step she remembered how scary...