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Volunteers of America Oklahoma Annual Report

This is Why We Do What We Do . . . learn more about how and why Volunteers of America Oklahoma serves Oklahoma. Volunteers of America Oklahoma served over 2000 individuals in the past year. This year, a beautiful young woman, previously homeless, achieved her degree as a legal secretary and now wants to become a lawyer; a young man with intellectual disabilities and a serious eating disorder maintained a healthy weight and continues to work and live independent of his parents with daily support from our staff; a great-grandmother on an extremely low fixed income enjoyed decorating her small apartment for Christmas, anticipating a visit from her great grand children. Each of these individuals journeys . . .

Volunteers have a lot in common with life preservers

Life preservers or life savers are used when someone needs to be rescued or needs support to rest on till help arrives. Frequently Volunteers of America Oklahoma has the opportunity to hear stories about how our staff and volunteers are serving in our communities. One story of “life preservation” is about Ms. Helen.

Books are Cool!

Could your upcoming event serving school age children use some books? We could help! Volunteers of America Oklahoma is working to increase Oklahoma Student's reading enthusiasm. Complete the application on our website and email, fax, or mail it to us as soon as possible to make your appointment!!

Payee Services Program Expanded

Thanks to generous grants from the Inasmuch, Sarkeys Foundation and the City of Muskogee Foundation, the Payee Services Program has expanded into Oklahoma City and Muskogee. The Oklahoma City Payee Services Case Managers are located in the new Homeless Alliance WestTown Resource Center located in downtown Oklahoma City.

Celebrate Direct Support Professionals!

Direct Support Professionals enable people with developmental disabilities to live in their own communities by assisting them with their daily affairs and intimate needs: medications, meals, dressing, mobility, vocational training, respite care and other in-home services.

Keep Cash Flowing

Back in 1997, Volunteers of America put together a task force to study the idea of a "payee" program that could take over personal finances for people with various types of disabilities.

Resources for This Section

  • This is why we do what we do!
    Vanessa, Erma, Nelson, and Derayl share how their lives are being changed! Volunteers of America Oklahoma helps individuals end the cycle of homelessness. Provides affordable housing to seniors, and residential support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Because Natalie has life goals . . . This Is Why We Do What We Do!
    Natalie is very driven person, striving to live a full and prosperous life. Natalie has two goals for her life, the first is to support herself with a full-time job. As difficult as this can be for many people, Natalie also has the challenge of overcoming the stereotype some people have with hiring individuals with a developmental disability.
  • Driving Inspiration with Pam Richardson
    Volunteers of America Oklahoma CEO Pam Richardson interviewed by Oklahoma Magazine. Richardson shares her ‘Driving Inspiration’, the touching stories of successes from the individuals who seek assistance. Read more and get to know a little more about Pam Richardson.
  • Spread the Warmth
    Thank you to everyone who donated blankets to help "Spread the Warmth" You helped people to stay warm this winter! All blankets collected will go to individuals served by Volunteers of America Oklahoma and our distribution partners.
  • A Mission to Lift All People
    President/CEO Pam Richardson focuses on building a strong team and lifting clients and staff to new heights in the new fiscal year. "Our mission is to lift all people," Richardson said. "These are lofty goals..."
  • Continuing Education Offered for LPC's
    Volunteers of America of Oklahoma's Insight Counseling Solutions presents "Professionalism and Ethics for LPC's" and "Substance Abuse in the LGBT Community" on Friday, August 24th, 2012. Workshops are presented by Donald R. Suggs MS, LPC, NCC, Oklahoma Counseling Association member and president of the Oklahoma Association of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling.
  • Selph's Lifetime Goal is Helping People
    John Selph’s single goal has been to help others. He accomplished that as Tulsa Boys Home director for 15 years; District Two County Commissioner for 17 years, and closed out his career with a decade of service as Chief Executive Officer at Volunteers of America of Oklahoma.
  • Payee Services Expands to Muskogee
    Jo Ann Huff says one of her clients is “a lot happier” since enrolling in the Volunteer Services of America Payee Services Program. The program, new to Muskogee this year, was made available through a $30,000 grant by the City of Muskogee Foundation.
  • Smart Living
    After Jessica Sanford became homeless and separated from her family, social workers began helping her achieve mental health wellness, including gaining approval for Social Security Disability Income. That steady income was too much for Sanford to handle so she joined the Payee Services program offered by Volunteers of America.