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Victory Programs opens doors to health, housing, recovery, and hope for individuals and families facing homelessness, addiction, or other chronic illnesses like HIV/AIDS.
THE DOORWAY: YOUR ACCESS TO VICTORY PROGRAMS NEWS & INFORMATION (FALL 2020)
Since its founding over 40 years ago, Victory Programs’ red doors have come to symbolize a place where homeless and precariously housed individuals and families can always turn to for shelter, sustenance, recovery, care, and professional, compassionate support.
We invite you to learn about Victory Programs, the people we serve, and the impact of your support. Just step through The Doorway.
Click here to read this year’s fall newsletter in full. You’ll learn about what life during quarantine at Victory Programs was like, how the pandemic poses unique challenges for those seeking permanent housing, and even some of the most memorable acts of kindness and dedication we’ve received from supporters — we call them “corona silver linings”.
THE GIVING SEASON IS HERE!
As we enter the Giving Season, you may already be wondering what to get or do for this person or that on your list. With some, it’s hard to decide: you’re just not sure what they really want . . . or need.
Giving to our community’s most vulnerable has always been straight forward by comparison. And for so many, especially during this long, drawn-out crisis, a roof over one’s head, good health, food on the table, and a caring community, seem like the greatest gifts of all.
You can fulfill those very basic wishes for those we serve. Each contribution from our community helps form a lifeline — and we need more lifelines. As you make your lists, please consider ours and give what you can.
Make a donation to Victory Programs. Looking for a great holiday present? Consider making your gift in the name of someone on your holiday gift list! It’s a wonderful way to show loved ones that you care while supporting our vital work.
Find us on GuideStar!
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.
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