On March 8, 1896 thousands of people met in the Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York to launch a broad-based spiritual and social movement called Volunteers of America. When reporters asked what the new organization would do, co-founder Ballington Booth answered, “we will go wherever we are needed and do whatever comes to hand.”
Willingness. Creativity. Compassion. From the beginning, and throughout our history, these values helped to shape today’s wide diversity of charitable programs and services. Volunteers of America is nationwide in its scope, but our work everywhere is determined by local community needs.
Volunteers of America of north Louisiana is a prime example. We were established in 1935 with a maternity home in Shreveport. Over the years, we helped create thousands of loving families through adoption.
As community needs changed, we responded with a range of services. In the 1970s we were among the first to open group homes for people with disabilities. In 1986, we opened an office in Alexandria, reflecting our growing services to communities in central Louisiana. And in 1989, we acquired the LightHouse, a community center in downtown Shreveport. Our most recent effort is serving our veterans. In April 2010 we opened a transitional home for homeless veterans.
Volunteers of America is a faith-based organization. Although we are founded in Christianity, our unique ministry brings people of all faiths together in service. This active and inclusive spirituality is best expressed in our mission statement, adopted more than a century ago.
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