Be Inspired!

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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.

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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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