Press Releases

Bill Duncan joins the VOACC Board of Directors

NOVEMBER 14, 2022

We are very excited to welcome one of our newest board members, Bill Duncan, who serves as the global head of Hilton’s All Suites and Focused Service Category, overseeing Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton along with Hampton by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, and Tru by Hilton.

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Young female counselor providing advice to a group of consumers

VOACC awarded $4 million dollars to provide whole-person care to DC

NOVEMBER 7, 2022

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas’ VOA Hope Center a $4 million grant for 4 years ($1 million per year) to provide vital services to address primary care, mental health, and substance use for people across the District of Columbia.

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VOACC Welcomes Dr. Ron Flack as our new NC VP

Contact: Nicholle October 10, 2022 Dr. Ron Flack Jr. comes to us with over fifteen years of behavioral health & leadership experience. Ron holds various credentials & degrees, including but not limited to, an international certification for alcohol and drug services, a national certification for alcohol and drug services, a master certified behavioral health coaching certification, an associate degree in Arts, a bachelor’s degree in health and human services, a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies, a master’s degree in divinity, and a doctorate degree in biblical counseling. Ron is a true believer in serving humanity through community-based resources and…

MANDC Gets A New Executive Director

Contact: Nicholle September 26, 2022 Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas announced Mike Sheedy’s hire as Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Neighborhood Development Corporation (MANDC). The Mid-Atlantic Neighborhood Development Corp. is a joint venture partnership between Volunteers of America National Services and Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas to continue developing affordable housing opportunities for those who are most in need. Sheedy is an architect and 20-year commercial real estate veteran. In this new role, Sheedy will establish MANDC as a regional affordable housing developer in the Mid-Atlantic and formulate and implement the MANDC affordable housing development strategy in…

VOACC to Offer Integrated Supportive Housing Services

Contact: Nicholle August 16, 2022 Lanham, MD Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas Announces Partnership with Lawson Properties to Offer Integrated Supportive Housing Services VOACC has a goal of ending and preventing homelessness. Collaboration, innovation, and a learning culture increases the impact of our mission. Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas (VOACC) has been awarded the opportunity to provide Integrated Supportive Housing Services in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Developments (LIHTC) by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) through June 30, 2024 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This two-year contract allocates approximately $1,300,000 in funding which will…

YouthBuild program receives a $1,400 grant from the Community Knights GIFT

Contact: Nicholle August 11, 2022 Recently, the non-profit Community Knights handed out $24,000 in grants to local non-profits, schools, and other organizations through its Grant Initiative Fundraising Team or GIFT.  Community Knights is a 501(c)(3) non-profit created to address deep budget cuts that hit our public schools and non-profits with the 2008 recession. Their work began with supporting public schools and the non-profit community on the Virginia Peninsula experiencing funding shortages. Through regular local fundraising they have united individuals and organizations to work collaboratively to invest in our community. Their mission is to identify the needs of small local non-profit and public school…

YouthBuild To Offer Gun Violence Intervention To Their Program

Contact: Nicholle August 9, 2022 Newport News, VA Currently VOACC’s YouthBuild program, in cooperation with the city of Newport News, VA. and The Department of Labor helps young people acquire the skills they need to obtain a great job and keep it. YouthBuild participants earn money while they get valuable hands-on experience building quality houses. They gain work-based education including vocational and basic academic skills training that leads to industry-recognized credentials, employment placement, or apprenticeships, and prepare them for post-secondary education programs. The program lasts six months with follow-up supportive services for the period of one year. On August…

Vanderwater Becomes Executive Vice President

Contact: Nicholle August 9, 2022 Newport News, VA Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas is proud to announce that Candace Vanderwater has assumed an increased leadership role with the organization. She will be taking on the role of Executive Vice President, adding to her current title of Chief Operating Officer. “In the Executive Vice President & COO role, Candace will expand her areas of responsibilities to lead external affairs, ministry outreach, new business development and more business oversight.” Candace is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has been in the field of health and human services for almost…

Healthy Opportunities Program

Contact: Nicholle July 5, 2022 In response to the need for more comprehensive Medicaid services that address all aspects of health, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services created HOP, the nation’s first comprehensive pilot program to test and evaluate the impact of providing nonmedical interventions related to food, housing, transportation, and toxic stress (specifically Intimate Partner Violence) to those insured under Medicaid who also have the greatest needs. Through our arm of Healthy Opportunities, we will be providing housing services to Medicaid beneficiaries at risk of homelessness in Bladen, Pender, and Columbus counties. Our staff will help…

VOACC Welcomes our New Chaplain

Contact: Nicholle July 4, 2022 Jules Christian is a Pastor, Chaplain, Writer, and Counselor, providing spiritual care for over twenty-five years. After a supernatural encounter with the Lord, Jules accepted the call to ministry. She has a Master’s Degree in Theology and is ordained in the Non-Denominational Christian tradition. Jules served as Associate Pastor of Youth for nine years, at which time God opened the door to chaplaincy. Jules completed her first year of Clinical Pastoral Education in her home state of North Carolina and moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked and trained as a Psychiatric Chaplain. Jules…

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