An Update for Our Community: COVID-19

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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:

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.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership, continued support, and compassion for those experiencing hardship.

Sincerely

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Sarah Porter | Executive Director

 

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Stay Tuned for the New, Improved VPI.org

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Stay Tuned for the New, Improved VPI.org

Coming soon!

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Announcing Sarah Porter as Executive Director of Victory Programs

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Image Description: Sarah Porter speaking at the New Joelyn's Home program opening in 2017.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

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Recovery Day Journals – 2019 – Women’s Hope

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Excerpts from the Journals of Women’s Hope Clients after attending the 2019 Recovery Day Celebration in Boston on Monday, September 16.

“I was really impressed with sobriety is in this city.” – Anonymous

“It was a good experience for me then the mayor spoke. I didn’t know he was an addict. That showed me that I’m not the only one.” – Vanessa

“I got to hear messages from staff, peers, the mayor. Wow! I never experienced so many inspirational and motivating people in one place. Thank god I was here for that.” – Anonymous

“It was my first time ever going to something like this & we got to see the mayor speak, which was amazing!” – Ashley

“We see what we see. We feel what we feel. Sometimes we never know what is real. We lose our freedom. With no place to roam. When all we really need is the place called home.” – Anonymous

“I had an amazing time, it felt good to enjoy this time sober.” – Tiffany

“It had me think, if they can do it, I can do it.” – Anonymous

If you would like to support our recovery services or any of our work with people who use drugs, people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses, or individuals and families facing homelessness, please click here.

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A Little Haven in the Middle of Urban Life

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Guest Blog by Hattie Grant, a young volunteer at ReVision Urban Farm

I live in the city but love the outdoors. I spend my summers far away from Boston in the wilderness, working with my hands and getting dirty and that’s where I feel the happiest. So when I discovered an opportunity to work on a farm in Boston, I jumped at it.

Before arriving at Revision Urban Farm, I knew very little about it except that it was an urban farm and it was a part of Victory Programs. When I got to the farm, I was blown away.

My first impression was merely based on its aesthetic beauty. It endeared me to its charm immediately. I loved the perfect rows of green plants and the way that each little patch of dirt teemed with leaves of all different colors and vibrant flowers. The entire place was a little haven in the middle of urban life.

My love for the farm grew stronger when I learned about its mission to provide fresh vegetables to low-income families whose access to affordable, healthy, locally-grown food is limited. The farm sells chard, tomatoes, onions, peppers, lettuces, and more at reasonable prices at local markets.

Working with Todd and Conor throughout the week was amazing. The experience of taking and adding to the land was extremely cathartic, not to mention hard work. One day, it took me around three hours to weed one row of carrots! However, each hour I spent on the farm was rewarded with new growth and delicious vegetables.

The food had such a rich and nutritious taste, I had never eaten food so fresh and straight from the source. Literally, I picked some husk cherry tomatoes from the dirt with my own hands before plopping them into my mouth.

My admiration for Todd and Conor grew as I realized how much they did every day. Their passion and interest in the crops they were growing were contagious and soon I found myself researching various types of tomatoes and making plans for the weeks to come when I hoped to visit again.

After two weeks on the farm, I fell head over heels for it. I loved the vegetables, I loved working on a farm with amazing people, and I especially loved feeling like what I was doing could help someone get a healthy snack. I feel incredibly lucky to have found this haven of leaves, roots, and flowers on the streets of Dorchester, and I hope to return to Revision Urban Farm as soon as I can!

If you are interested in volunteering at ReVision Urban Farm, please call Victory Programs’ Volunteer Coordinator, Tammy Blocker, at 617-236-1012 x227 or email tblocker@vpi.org.

If you would like to make a financial gift to support the farm, please visit: https://give.vpi.org/grow to help us grow!

Support from our generous volunteers and donors is essential to continuing our mission to provide fresh, nutritionally dense, affordable produce to our community. 

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