VOA Alaska and our Youth Permanent Supportive Housing project will serve Anchorage’s most vulnerable, youth and young adults. We are using research-based services to bring hope to the lives of young adults who are facing the most extreme of circumstances, homelessness, and other risk factors such as trauma, exploitation, and mental health and substance abuse challenges. This is a one of a kind program, the only youth focused permanent supportive housing in Alaska. This program represents hope. Hope that with timely intervention, these young adults who are struggling with mental health and addictions do not end up in the homeless system for decades or worse.
Volunteers of America is a nonprofit human service organization dedicated to the relief of human suffering and the advancement of social justice. It was founded in 1896 by Christian social reformers Ballington and Maud Booth in New York City. Today Volunteers of America is active in more than 220 communities throughout the United States, helping over one million people every year.
Locally, Volunteers of America Alaska has stood for compassionate and ethical service since 1981, when it began offering substance abuse treatment to adolescents at the ARCH residential treatment facility in Eagle River. Since then, we have expanded to serve over 35,000 people statewide. We offer a wide array of services for young children, adolescents, families and the elderly.