Volunteers of America Alaska Subordinate

Empowering Alaska's youth and families.

aka VOA Alaska   |   Anchorage, AK   |
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Volunteers of America Alaska

EIN: 74-2240098  Subordinate info


VOA Alaska seeks to end suffering for youth in Alaska. We do this by providing a full continuum of care, from education and early intervention, to peer support and care coordination, to mental health therapy, substance use counseling, and family therapy, to supportive housing and residential treatment. We are in schools, in the community, and supporting Alaskans statewide via telehealth. Our strength-based and person-centered services promote wellness in all areas of a person’s life. Those in our care steer the course of their journey. We walk alongside them, providing connection and services designed to help them achieve their most meaningful goals. As a non-profit, these services are offered at low- or no-cost, and no one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Mrs. Julia Luey

Main address

2600 Cordova Street Suite 101

Anchorage, AK 99503 USA

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Subject area info

Mental health care

Family counseling

Youth services

Homeless services

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth




NTEE code info

Volunteers of America (P26)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Treatment Only) (F22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms




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 - Residential Treatment

The Adolescent Residential Center for Help (ARCH) treatment program is for adolescents age 12-18 that are diagnosed with a substance use disorder and may also present with co-occurring mental health disorders.

The length of stay is based on the unique needs of each client in alignment with American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) dimensions and severity.

ARCH offers:
-Substance use counseling and psychotherapy for youth and their families
-Psychological testing and evaluation
-Psychiatric services
-Onsite nurse practitioner to address physical wellness
-Nutritious meals provided at no cost to residents
-Onsite high school with an Anchorage School District teacher

Population(s) Served

We believe in a holistic approach to addressing an array of complex issues that cause suffering to Alaska’s youth, this can include: Trauma, anger management, oppositional behaviors, anxiety, depression, and substance misuse. VOA Alaska’s array of services are designed to meet youth and their families where they are at and support them through one or more of the following services:

Mental Health Counseling: Sessions include individual, group, and family therapy, in addition to case management facilitated by a peer support specialist. We also provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management services if needed.

Substance Use Treatment: Our team provides three levels of outpatient substance use treatment to meet the needs of youth (ages 12-24) in our care: Outpatient, Day Treatment and Residential Treatment.

Day Treatment: Day Treatment (ASAM Level 2.5) provides a safe, supportive, and structured environment to help youth ages 12-18 overcome barriers.

Population(s) Served

VOA Alaska’s School-Based Services offers students professional mental health supports to help them reduce stressors at school and at home.

Our team empowers students to build self-confidence, resiliency, and social competency that enhance their capacity for academic success—all directly within their school!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

From youth early intervention to caregiver and family therapy, our team is here to support you and your family. VOA Alaska provides family services in the following ways:

-Youth Early Intervention & Support: For youth in Kinship Care and other enrolled youth without a behavioral health diagnosis or treatment plan.
-Home-Based Family Services: Provided in a family’s home or throughout the community, these services include treatment and wrap-around care for the whole family.
-Family Therapy: Focusing on helping families function in more positive and constructive ways.
-Individual Therapy for both youth and caregivers
-Case Management: Our care coordinators work with caregivers to identify and provide services and/or treatment based on the family needs assessment to support the child(ren) and family.
-Respite Care: Assistance to families to locate and access short-term childcare services that offer temporary relief for kinship caregivers.

Population(s) Served

VOA Alaska offers PRIME for Life (PFL), an evidence-based prevention and intervention program which helps people learn to reduce their risks of alcohol and drug related problems throughout life. This important two-day alcohol and drug risk reduction program is designed for people who have begun using alcohol and other drugs, or who are part of a group where some alcohol and drug use is likely.

The PRIME for Life Program:
-Engages participants in self-evaluation of their decision to use drugs and alcohol.
-Helps participants see the life-long consequences of drug and alcohol use.
-Equips participants with the skills needed to prevent future substance abuse.

Population(s) Served

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 houselessness and other risk factors including trauma, exploitation, and challenges related to mental health and substance use.

Permanent Supportive Housing is an Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) that pairs affordable housing with support services and addresses chronic houselessness and instability of those living on the street and who are most vulnerable and experience worse health outcomes, including a higher risk of death.

While there is a significant body of research around the effectiveness of supportive housing nationally, there is no current research demonstrating the effectiveness with the transition-aged youth population. VOA Alaska is using supportive housing as a critical piece of the overall strategy to end youth houselessness in our state as part of a HUD demonstration project.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

A multi-sector community coalition invested in preventing youth substance misuse in Anchorage.

The VOA Alaska-led Anchorage Adolescent Substance Misuse Prevention Coalition supports evidence-based and holistic programs, projects, and innovations that increase adolescent and family protective factors and decrease risk factors for substance misuse in Anchorage.

The Coalition also works to advance and advocate for relevant policy; promote efficient, cohesive, and inclusive coordination and collaboration around adolescent substance misuse prevention across sectors to ensure that efforts and interventions are effective community-wide; and celebrate recovery and promote the values and lived experience of the recovery community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work


Best Workplaces in Alaska 2021

Anchorage Daily News

Affiliations & memberships

Volunteers of America National 1985

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Preteens, Young adults, Caregivers, Foster and adoptive parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Alaska Youth and families that were reached directly by VOA Alaska's array of services in FY22 (July 2021 to June 2022)

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.

VOA Alaska exists to eliminate suffering for youth in Alaska, and to make Alaska a place where all youth can thrive. To achieve this, we’ve developed four Strategic Focus Areas:

-Improved Client Experience: Establish a continuum of care across all services that fully engages, connects, retains.
-Engaged & Empowered Workforce: Implement a positive and consistent employee life-cycle experience across the agency grounded in organizational values.
-Data-Driven Decision Making: Establish internal performance management system tied to mission. Expand stakeholder feedback and information collection across programs to inform continuous improvement process.
-Efficient Use of Resources: Lower Cost, increase philanthropy and development
contributions. Increase diversity and resiliency of revenue. Streamline and optimize technology and

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Volunteers of America Alaska

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2019

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $3,061,201
Program Services $2,287,307
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $130,110
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $5,478,618
Program Services $4,344,226
Administration $549,300
Fundraising $188,581
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $5,082,107

Volunteers of America Alaska

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2019

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $8,238,903
Total Liabilities $343,276
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $7,895,627


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

President and CEO

Mrs. Julia Luey

Julia Luey joined the VOA Alaska family in 2018 to pursue her passion in serving Alaska’s most vulnerable, our children. She has been in the field since 2008 where she first fell in love with the substance use and behavioral health field in her work with women with children. Julia pursued education, professional counseling certification and leadership development to continue her career progression and has experience in most direct-service provider postilions throughout the layers of a behavioral health organization. Throughout her experiences in working in the adult and children sector she identified the need for stronger youth programs in our State and she was drawn to VOA’s mission and vision. Julia has a Bachelors in Psychology and holds the following national counseling certifications: Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor and National Certified Addiction Counselor I.

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Volunteers of America Alaska

Board of directors
as of 08/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board co-chair

Don Winchester

Board co-chair

Carmela Warfield

Audrey Lance

Thomas, Head & Greisen

Amanda Estes

Northwest Strategies

Andy Lohman

iHeart Media

Dr. Lisa Lindquist

Providence Alaska

Kate Weisler


Donald Winchester

Vend Alaska

Carmela Warfield

Real Estate Investor

Jackie Engebretson

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

Kim Kovol

Alaska Department of Family and Community Services

Lee Post

Department of Juvenile Justice

Lonnie Ridgeway

Ridgeway Family Business

Maria Hernandez

Steller Secondary School

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 5/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.