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Victory Programs opens doors to housing, health, recovery, and hope for individuals and families facing homelessness, substance use disorder, or other chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS.
VPI IN THE NEWS: BOSTON SPIRIT MAGAZINE
Did you catch the Boston Living Center‘s Program Director Bill Lottero in Boston Spirit? To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first diagnosis of AIDS, Boston Spirit sat down with Bill to discuss what it’s like to be a long-term survivor of AIDS and how the BLC supports the HIV/AIDS community. Here’s a preview:
“Since its grassroots founding in 1988… the Boston Living Center, now part of Victory Programs, has been a powerful, bright-shining beacon of love, support, and whole-person care for those living with—no longer dying from—HIV/AIDS.”
You can read the online version of the article here.
Your fall access to Victory Programs news and information is here! In the latest issue of The Doorway, you’ll get a sneak peek into our new low threshold supported permanent housing program and meet a client at New Joelyn’s whose story is one of hard work and taking chances. There’s also a by-the-pound breakdown of our ReVision Urban Farm’s growing season, and, of course, you’ll find out how you can help keep our clients warm and healthy ahead of the winter season.
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“DIGNITY RESTORED” – FORMER VICTORY PROGRAMS CLIENT STEPHEN CORBETT SHARES HIS POWERFUL STORY
Victory Programs’ noticed that every few weeks we would receive a donation from Stephen Corbett. We reached out to thank him, and he briefly shared his story and his history with Victory Programs. When we asked if he would write a letter to our supporters, he did not hesitate. We’re so pleased to share his story with you here:
“My name is Stephen, and for the last fourteen years I have dedicated myself to helping others who, like me, live with HIV. I love the work itself. It’s also my way of giving back. Most deeply, though, it is a continual reminder and affirmation of what it’s meant for me to be able to restore my dignity.
I look at my story as being very much about dignity. I hear the same theme in the stories of many of the people I’ve met. People who lost their dignity somewhere – or had it taken away – and who know what it is to walk the difficult, too often very lonely path that leads up from a cruelly disheartening place.”
To continue reading Stephen’s story, click here.
We are so grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve seen from the caring individuals, foundations, and corporations that have stepped up to help us Keep Our Red Doors Open. Our needs are great and ongoing, and your contributions are crucial to our work. Here are some ways you can keep on giving:
Volunteer: Volunteers play an essential role in supporting our mission – whether it’s serving meals at the Boston Living Center, teaching classes for our clients, or getting down in the dirt on the farm. Click here to learn how to sign-up.
In-Kind Donations: From towels to toys, from blankets to body wash, your donations of much-needed items free up resources and provide goods that might otherwise be unaffordable. Click here to view our wish list.
Spread the Word: More people need to know about our important work! Here are some suggestions for how you can spread the word about Victory Programs:
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Victory Programs' Graduate Misty Bergeron recounts her slow, painful journey through recovery, the struggle to connect with help, and the joy of reunification with her children.
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We are truly inspired and grateful for the continued support we've received from caring individuals, foundations, and corporations to ensure our staff and our clients remain safe and well through the COVID-19 crisis. Click here to visit our Be Inspired! page and help us acknowledge those who have supported us thus far and hopefully be inspired to take action yourself! During this time of isolation, it helps our staff and clients to know that they are not alone — that their community cares about them.
March 13, 2020 Dear Victory Programs' community, I am reaching out to share some updates about Victory Programs’ response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Responding to health crises has been part of our line of work for decades, and each time, our red doors have remained opened. This time won’t be an exception. The health and safety of those accessing services, staff, friends, and supporters, continue to be our top priorities. We have developed a multi-staged response that adopts guidelines issued by public health officials and allows us to continue to foster a welcoming environment to those in need. We provide services to more than 3,200 individuals in Greater Boston each year – many of whom have immune systems that can be easily compromised and are disproportionally burdened by health crises. Victory Programs is built on the idea that everyone should have access to services in times of personal or community crises. In light of this pandemic, we uphold that mission and plan to continue to provide the safety, help, and resources, individuals need. To date, there are no confirmed cases within any of our 19 programs, many of which function 24/7. We are adopting the suggested actions from the CDC, Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission including:
December 4, 2019 Dear friends and partners of Victory Programs: We are pleased to announce Sarah Porter as Executive Director of Victory Programs, Inc. after both a thorough interview process and a unanimous vote by the Board in support of Sarah’s appointment. Sarah is well qualified to lead Victory Programs’ next chapter. As interim CEO of the agency, she proved adept at managing the strategic and operational aspects of Victory Programs while also being a true leader during a transitional period for the agency. Sarah partnered effectively with the Executive Team and the Board of Directors during this time and clients continued to get the highest levels of service in line with our mission. With Sarah and the Executive Team’s partnership, we, the Board, spent most of this past year looking at data and talking to a wide range of stakeholders about Victory Programs’ place in the community as part of a strategic planning process. This work continues today and there will be more to come as Sarah transitions into her new leadership role. What we do know for sure is that the strategic planning process reinforced the vital purpose the agency serves today and will serve into the future. It also highlighted the strength of the agency’s partners including local and state governments, foundations, private funders, and other community-based organizations. Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support allowing us to advance Victory Programs’ mission each and every day. Sincerely, Victory Programs Board of Directors