October is often known for two things, the start of colder temperatures and fall foliage. October also recognizes World Homeless Day and World Mental Health Day.
While these two days are observed separately, mental health and homelessness have a complicated relationship and can affect each other. As in Jolie's case, it is not uncommon for someone experiencing a severe mental illness to also experience unemployment and housing instability. We see this a lot, especially with those who lack a strong support system.
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 580,446 people are homeless on a given night in the United States. At least 45% of them also have a mental illness or addiction.
By giving to VOACC, you help provide those in need more than just a place to live, you provide them whole-person care to thrive.
You can continue to help restore pride and self-esteem in others by supporting the VOA Hope Center. To learn more about the Center and how you can make a difference visit www.voachesapeake.org/voa-hope-center or click the button below.