Thanks to givers of hope like you, veterans like Joseph Hatim Hamer are no longer experiencing homelessness. Can you imagine having to live out of your car for several months at 60 years old? That was Joseph's reality after becoming unemployed during the pandemic. There are many veterans all across our country who have had similar experiences. But you have restored stability and dignity in the life of Joseph and the lives of the 2,400 veterans and veteran families supported each year through Volunteers of America.

Here's Joseph's story.

Originally from New Jersey, Joseph joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1988. He trained as an Airborne Paratrooper at Fort Benin, Georgia and was relocated to Fort Belvoir, Virginia where he joined the National Guard.


After his time of service, Joseph worked for many years at the National Association of Broadcasters. Life was good as he approached retirement until the pandemic hit. He was laid off and applied for unemployment, but didn't receive benefits until many months later.

"It took eight to 10 months to get my unemployment. Getting something as simple as my ID confirmed [took a long time]. By that time, the damage was done and it put me into a very, very bad financial situation." – Joseph


Joseph became homeless in 2022 and was living out of his car in a parking lot in Alexandria, Virginia. He leaned on the survival skills he had learned during his time of service to keep himself going. A local YMCA became a place where he took showers and exercised to maintain his physical and mental health.


Joseph's prayers were answered in September 2022 when he found VOA and enrolled in our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.

"I reached out and I tell you, it was like angels on earth – you know what I mean – in terms of the support base."

Soon after entering the program, Joseph was placed in a comfortable apartment in Arlington and has been happily living there ever since.

To watch Joseph share his story, click the video icon below!

To learn more about our Supportive Services for Veteran Families program in Virginia, visit or click the button.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Celebrating Black History Month

Volunteers of America is honored to join our country in celebrating Black History Month! This annual celebration of the achievements by Black Americans and recognition of their central role in U.S. history is critical. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent Black Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history.

In honor of Black History Month, we are excited to share this video featuring our amazing Board Member, Cynthia Shonaiya, architect extraordinaire and Principal at Hord Coplan Macht. Cynthia was recently designated as the first Black Chair of the State Board of Architects by Maryland State Governor Moore. We hope you enjoy her perspective on Black History within the field of architecture and who she admires most in history.

Our 2024 Spiritual Development Colloquium is 9 days away! Join us and the faith community as we engage in solutions-based discussions and activities on addressing gun violence.

Metropolitan Community Church of DC

474 Ridge Street NW | Washington, DC

Saturday | March 9th

1PM – 6PM

*Meal & refreshments will be provided*

Don't miss out on this FREE opportunity to engage on this important issue and the role faith can play in promoting justice, activism, comfort and love.

To learn more, register or become a sponsor, visit or click the button below.

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We are less than 3 months out from the 3rd Annual Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) Youth Mental Health Expo! We are honored to be able to partner once again with the Prince George’s County Health Department, the Bowie State University Graduate Student Association, and Step Forward. This annual expo is the only one of its kind dedicated to youth mental health and wellness in Prince George's County.

Bowie State University

14000 Jericho Park Rd | Bowie, MD 20715

Saturday | May 18

8:30AM – 3:30PM

The G.O.A.T. Expo will showcase all aspects of health and wellness through systems of care, offer workshops, and link youth and their caregivers to providers and resources that help young adults ages 16 – 24 thrive. We are anticipating more than 750 guests this year. So don't miss out!


  • Exhibitors
  • Workshops
  • Live Entertainment
  • Interactive Activities
  • Open Mic
  • Dance Contest
  • & More

To learn more about attending, sponsoring, or exhibiting at the expo, visit or click the button below:

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