Volunteers of America Alaska

Empowering Alaska's youth and families.

aka VOA Alaska   |   Anchorage, AK   |  https://voaak.org

Mission

As an Alaskan direct-service non-profit organization, VOA Alaska has focused on serving Alaska’s most vulnerable since 1981. Today, our behavioral health professionals educate and support youth struggling with substance misuse and mental health conditions, while also providing a safe space for healing. Additionally, our public health team is on the front line of prevention, working to strengthen and promote healthy communities. Our vision is a community that supports the hope, health and healing of every Alaskan. We aim to realize this vision through our mission of empowering Alaskans and uplifting the human spirit through recovery services, housing, and promoting healthy communities.

Ruling year info

1965

Acting CEO

Mrs. Julia Luey

Main address

2600 Cordova Street Suite 101

Anchorage, AK 99503 USA

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EIN

74-2240098

NTEE code info

Volunteers of America (P26)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

VOA Alaska's mission to empower Alaskans and uplift the human spirit through recovery services, housing, and promoting healthy communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ARCH - Inpatient Behavioral Health

Adolescent Residential Center for Help (ARCH) is an intensive, residential treatment program for chemical dependency and co-occurring disorders. Located in Eagle River, the facility houses 24 residents ages 13 through 18. Length of stay is dependent on the progress of the individual served.

ARCH provides:
- Psychological services
- Group, individual and family counseling
- On-site educational services through the Anchorage School District
- Nutritional programs and information
- Meals at no charge to the clients
- Wellness education, such as milieu therapy and sober living practices

ARCH believes in supporting the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each client. McKinley Heights School, ARCH’s educational program, is committed to promoting and protecting student’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by encouraging lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.

ARCH is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF). ARCH is approved by the Division of Behavioral Health and is licensed through the Alaska Division of Public Health.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

ASSIST offers outpatient, intensive outpatient, and continuing care, as well as an individualized model for those with unique needs. One of our major components is trauma-informed and trauma-competent care offered through individual and family counseling.

Individual and family therapy services are available online via Zoom and in-person in Anchorage. Services are available for youth ages 12 – 24. ASSIST program services are delivered at our main office in Anchorage (2600 Cordova Street, Suite 101), as well as at community sites such as Covenant House Partnership, Birchwood Behavioral Health Partnership, and the Anchorage School-Based Health Centers Partnership and other Anchorage School District schools.

Supportive services include case management, the Transition to Independence Process (TIP), and Family support. Counseling services are available for (but not limited to) physical or sexual abuse, substance use disorders, anger management, anxiety, assessment and referral, attention deficit disorder (ADD), cognitive behavioral therapy, community crisis stabilization, community psych support and treatment, co-occuring disorders, crisis intervention, day treatment, depression, dialectical behavioral therapy, disorders, evaluation and assessment, family peer support services (FPSS), family therapy, group therapy, health and behavior assessment and intervention, mobile mental health treatment, mood disorder, positive behavioral interventions and supports, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and serious mental illness, multi-systematic therapy, sexual abuse evaluation, tele-health, trauma informed care, trauma therapy, and youth support.

ASSIST is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF) and is approved by the State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

An intervention for children 7-11 who are affected by the tragic events and increased risk for addiction they experience by growing up with a parent(s) who has chemical addictions. . We are now very excited to announce a camp expansion for children (12-14). They are both week-long camps where children are taught how to interrupt the generational cycle of addiction and learn about the defenses they have developed for emotional protection. The camp groups help the children learn healthy choices they can make to care for and keep themselves safe. It also includes the usual activities of a fun and safe summer camp experience.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A one-of-a-kind, statewide program providing resources and support for Alaskans caring for their family members' children. All services are free and confidential for families who are the primary caregivers of relative children under the age of 18.

Some of the resources this program provides Alaskan families:
- Monthly support groups for family members
- Case management services
- Community resources and referrals
- Respite care resources and referrals
- Lending library: books and resources for parents and children
- Advocacy and supportive informational services
- Statewide monthly newsletters full of resources and information
- Supplemental financial assistance

Population(s) Served
Caregivers

VOA Alaska’s public health and prevention programs aim to prevent youth substance misuse from occurring in the first place.

Our team is on the front line of prevention, working to strengthen and promote healthy communities. We conduct regular drug information classes for youth and adults; create public public education campaigns to encourage healthy behaviors and prevention; distribute tobacco quit-kits, drug disposal bags, and other prevention resources; and lead a coalition of stakeholders to produce efforts to address substance misuse.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Volunteers of America is one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing.
We create and manage low and moderate-income level housing for the homeless, families with children, the elderly, veterans and their families, and people with disabilities, including physical and mental disabilities.

Providing a safe, stable place for seniors, families and those with special needs to live allows us to also offer the services we are known for in settings where our clients and residents feel safe and cared for.

We are also a proud member of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a national nonprofit group dedicated to helping make our communities more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable through community planning and development.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Families

VOA Alaska's Permanent Supportive Housing program serves the most vulnerable young adults. We are using research-based services to bring hope to the lives of transitional aged youth (18–24) who are facing the most extreme of circumstances, such as homeless and other risk factors including trauma, exploitation, and mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) that pairs affordable housing with support services and addresses chronic homelessness and instability of those living on the street and who are most vulnerable and most likely to die without intervention.

While there is a significant body of research around the effectiveness of PSH, nationally, this has not been done with youths or transition-aged youths. VOA Alaska is using PSH as a critical piece of the overall strategy to end youth homelessness in our state.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Accreditations

CARF 2020

Awards

Best Workplaces in Alaska 2021

Anchorage Daily News

Affiliations & memberships

Volunteers of America National 1985

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is a community that supports the hope, health, and healing of every Alaskan.

Our behavioral health professionals educate and support youth struggling with substance misuse and mental health conditions, while also providing a safe space for healing.

Our permanent supportive housing team uses an evidence based, housing-first approach to navigate transitional youth to recovery by securing housing and building life skills.

Our public health team is on the front line of prevention, working to strengthen and promote healthy communities.

Our Kinship Family Program, the most comprehensive program of its kind in Alaska, serves families taking care of relative children.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Volunteers of America Alaska

Board of directors
as of 11/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Don Winchester


Board co-chair

Carmela Warfield

Audrey Lance

Thomas, Head & Greisen

T’Shalla Baker

Key Bank

Amanda Estes

Northwest Strategies

Heather Handyside

GCI

Andy Lohman

iHeart Media

Michael Schmidt

GCI

Dr. Lisa Lindquist

Providence Alaska

Paul Landes

GCI

Kate Weisler

Schlumberger

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data