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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.
‘TIS THE SEASON AFTER THE SEASON
During the holidays we received a wonderful response to our request for donations and items from our Wish List. Thank you to everyone who answered our call to action.
But as you can imagine, those who turn to Victory Programs for support and care will be feeling the effects of the pandemic for a long while. Remember, they come to us already in crisis and this past year has layered crisis upon crisis for them. Your generosity throughout the year allows us to rise and adapt to the difficult and ever-changing circumstances posed by the pandemic, and to ensure that our iconic red doors remain open to all.
Your support, however you may choose to give, plays a critical role in helping to ensure Victory Programs remains a powerful resource for so many people in need in 2021.
VICTORY PROGRAMS THROUGH THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: 2020 WRAP UP
On March 11, 2020, the Coronavirus was declared a pandemic. On March 23, Victory Programs was deemed an essential services provider under Governor Baker’s Emergency Order.
In between those two dates, we rolled out a strategic emergency response that includes increased cleaning protocols; procedures for handling confirmed and/or suspected cases in our programs, including quarantine and isolation practices; and, of course, the enforcement of CDC and EOHHS guidelines, including social distancing and the provision of PPE for staff and clients. Every detail in what is a comprehensive plan – still in operation – is driven by our commitment to the health and safety of our clients and staff.
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ECHOES OF AIDS IN THE TIME OF CORONAVIRUS: LESSONS AND REFLECTIONS
Presented by GLAD and Victory Programs
Hosted by The Museum of Science
Moderated by Dawn Fukuda, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s, Bureau of Infectious Disease. With special guest, Dr. Bruce Walker, Founding Director of the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard.
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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