Volunteers of America is dedicated to helping those in need through social service programs that support and empower them to live safe, healthy and productive lives.
Founded in 1896, Volunteers of America (VOA) provides help to those in need while creating opportunities for people to serve others nationwide. Through their thousands of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, VOA helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
VOA is to be one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive nonprofit human services organizations, with 54 affiliates in 300 cities across the country. As an affiliated nonprofit agency of VOA, Volunteers of America - Greater New York, Inc. (VOA-GNY) is is dedicated to restoring hope, dignity and self-reliance to individuals and families in need.
Founded in New York City more than 100 years ago, VOA-GNY provides help to those in need while creating opportunities for people to serve others. They currently operate over 80 in the metropolitan New York area, Northern New Jersey and Connecticut. Services range from transitional shelters for families and individuals who are homeless to schools for children with developmental delays; from group homes for youth to in-home services for older adults trying to avoid institutionalization.
Programs for preschoolers with developmental delays in the Bronx are in very high demand. Many of the children come to the center unable to speak or walk, capable of performing very few activities typical for children their age. Two-thirds of the 260 children attending the Bronx Early Learning Center have developmental delays associated with autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit disorder and neurological and emotional issues, some associated with lead poisoning and fetal alcohol syndrome.
The existing Bronx school was in a leased building that was overcrowded. In 2006, CBO Financial created the financing plan to relocate the school into a building owned by VOA-GNY to house an expanded program in better-suited, customized facilities. CBO secured $15 million in NMTC allocation and senior financing for the new campus, which is located in a severely distressed area with a 50% poverty rate.
The Bronx Early Learning Center in its new home now prepares hundreds of preschoolers for success in kindergarten while helping to revitalize a blighted community. After graduating from the program, children leave transformed. Not just walking, but running; not just talking, but interacting in meaningful ways; and not just feeding themselves and putting on their own coats, but helping other children with theirs.
Volunteers of America offers a safe refuge for families and individuals recovering from domestic violence. In 2008, VOA-GNY approachedCBO once again for project financing help, which resulted in $8 million in NMTC allocations and senior financing to fund the construction of a new domestic violence shelter in New York City. The 63-bed shelter, located in an extensively renovated circa-1920s building in Harlem, offers medical and mental health services, crisis intervention, job and housing assistance, and legal advocacy.
The children benefit from interventions appropriate for their age and specific situations. Both children and adults are taught the skills they need to recognize, avoid and respond to violence.
Because of CBO’s successful ongoing partnership with VOA-GNY, our relationship with VOA affiliate agencies has expanded to include Volunteers of America-Chesapeake (VOAC) and also Volunteers of America National Services (VOANS). CBO is currently working closely with both organizations to secure project financing for a variety of projects through our NMTC placement services program.