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Victory Programs has helped individuals and families in crisis for over 40 years. Some 3,200 people turn to us yearly for shelter, sustenance, recovery, care, and professional, compassionate support. Most struggle with substance use and mental health, and many live with HIV/AIDS. When other organizations will not or cannot take them in, we do.
Victory Programs is deemed an essential services provider in Massachusetts under Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Emergency Order. As always, the health and safety or our clients and staff continues to be our top priority.
Visit our COVID-19 Updates page to learn more about what we are doing to Keep Our Red Doors Open. Victory Programs greatly appreciates your support during these challenging and unprecedented times.
HELP KEEP OUR RED DOORS OPEN
Right now, the entire world is preoccupied with questions of exposure and protection — and our clients, very understandably, feel more exposed and less safe than anyone ever should.
The red doors, our doors, remain open. But we need your support now more than ever as we face significantly increased operating expenses – for staffing, cleaning, protective gear, and more – and to help cover the loss of revenue we’re experiencing, especially from cancelled fundraising events.
Homeless, with a great many living with substance use disorders and/or chronic health issues like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, and mental illness, we need to do all we can to keep our red doors open so we can help them cope and remain healthy, stable, and safe.
A MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SARAH PORTER
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.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. As the situation unfolds, we will continue to be responsive and strategic. In this time of great uncertainty, I do know this for sure: We need to stay together, take care of one another, and look after our communities.
Victory Programs opens doors to recovery, hope, and community for individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction or other chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS.
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Our clients share their experiences with Victory Programs in this moving video.
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