3A About Us
Volunteers of America Oklahoma's mission is to respond to Oklahomans in need and to create opportunities for people to experience the joy of serving others. Serving 14,000 individuals annually, VOAOK is dedicated to creating "Healthy Communities For All" serving veterans, the aging, the homeless and the disabled.
A world where all people live with social, emotional, and physical well-being, spiritual fulfillment, justice and hope.
The name, Volunteers of America, was chosen by our founders, Ballington and Maud Booth, when the organization was founded over 125 years ago. They volunteered to dedicate their hearts, spirits, and lives to help reach and uplift people in need. Our name meant the organization was comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others. Back in 1896, a volunteer was anyone who was committed to a mission or cause.
Today, we are a human services, nonprofit organization comprised of over 250 paid, professional case managers, housing experts, administrators, caregivers, and leaders throughout Oklahoma and into Kansas. Our staff carries on the Booth’s legacy of ministry of service by helping our neighbors in need and creating Heathy Communities For All.
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Our core strengths focus on providing safe, quality, affordable housing and supportive services to help individuals meet their basic daily living needs, thereby achieving steadily improving individualized levels of greater self-sufficiency. This common thread is weaved throughout three primary program areas outlined below.
VOAOK Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities program assists individuals with 24/7 residential and vocational care in urban and rural locations.
VOAOK Homeless Services programs: Payee Services, Permanent Supportive Housing and Veterans Employment Services, provide stable housing with supportive services including employment, 24/7 intensive case management services and money management services to individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
VOAOK Aging Services programs provide affordable Senior Housing at 11 property locations across Oklahoma and into Kansas. Basic needs and supportive services are provided for the elderly to ensure each person is ages in place with dignity and grace.
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) in Muskogee provides volunteer opportunities for senior adults to remain active and healthy while providing vital, community support for the elderly, veterans and added capacity for non-profit organizations.