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VOANS Names Larenda Love-Butler as New Board and Committee Relations Manager

June 3, 2024 – Volunteers of America National Services announced that Larenda Love-Butler has been promoted to Board and Committee Relations Manager, effective May 28, 2024. Love-Butler currently serves as VOANS’ senior project manager responsible for managing and implementing strategic initiatives in housing and leading the department’s efforts to improve business performance. As Board and Committee Relations Manager, Love-Butler will serve as liaison for the members of VOANS committees and board of directors; will build relationships with board and committee members; and manage internal processes that directly impact board and committee operations. “Larenda has more than 16 years of organizational…

VOANS Names Dee Dee Beaty as New Senior Vice President of Housing

May 29, 2024 — Volunteers of America National Services, an affordable housing developer and senior healthcare provider with operations nationwide, welcomes Dejernette (Dee Dee) Beaty as senior vice president of housing beginning June 24. Beaty joins VOANS after serving as the chief real estate officer of the Atlanta Housing Authority (AHA) for the last 14 months. In that role, her responsibilities were to direct the overall administration and management of the Real Estate Group’s activities which included real estate planning and development; construction management; real estate underwriting; and asset and property management. In total, Beaty spent 14 years at AHA…

VOANS Celebrates New Affordable Senior Housing in Anoka, MN

Nolte River Place provides 80 new units for older adults May 28, 2024 — Volunteers of America National Services is excited to announce the grand opening of a new affordable senior housing development to expand the inventory of quality, affordable housing options in greater Minneapolis-St. Paul. Nolte River Place, developed by VOANS, will celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at 3011 5th Ave., Anoka, Minn. “At Volunteers of America, we believe seniors deserve to live their golden years with dignity, purpose and security. Nolte River Place reflects our unwavering commitment to providing…

VOANS Senior Vice President of Healthcare Announcement

March 18, 2024 — Volunteers of America National Services recently announced that Paul F. Soczynski has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Healthcare and will oversee VOANS’ health care and PACE services. Read the full press release here.

VOANS Director of Communications Announcement

March 13, 2024 — Volunteers of America National Services recently announced that Raytevia Evans has taken the position of its new Director of Communications. Evans brings a wealth of knowledge and experience after previously working as a local reporter and a public information officer in higher education and local government. Read the full press release here.

Annie, Resident of The Homestead at Anoka, Finds Joy in Pen Pal Program

January 27, 2024 – Annie, a cherished resident at The Homestead at Anoka, has discovered a newfound source of joy and connection through her participation in a heartwarming pen pal program. Embracing the art of letter writing, Annie has become a beloved pen pal, sharing stories, experiences, and wisdom with her distant correspondent. This program not only allows Annie to express herself creatively but also fosters meaningful connections with others beyond the walls of the community. Through the exchange of letters, Annie has found a sense of purpose and camaraderie, highlighting the positive impact that intergenerational communication can have on…

Five Minutes With David Nisivoccia

December 13, 2023 – Our own Executive VP & COO of VOANS, David Nisivoccia, talks with HAND about his first 100 days with VOANS, the challenges we are taking on in affordable housing and an exciting new project to support the D.C. area.  Read more here. HAND is a nonprofit membership collective working across the private, public and social sectors to collaborate in the production and preservation of affordable housing in the Capital Region of Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond.

FOX Interview: VOA Creates Innovative Dwellings for Veterans

November 27, 2023 – We’re excited to share that Volunteers of America was featured on FOX News Channel, the top-rated national news network, yesterday afternoon. Our very own Lee Goldstein, Director of Housing Initiatives, did a three-minute interview on the innovative ways we are providing affordable housing for homeless veterans. From refurbished shipping containers to repurposed tiny homes, VOA is developing accessory dwelling units in multiple communities across the country, working to provide cutting-edge housing solutions for our nation’s heroes. Watch full video here.

Grand Opening of The Oaks

November 9, 2023 – Presenting The Oaks, our newest senior housing project just delivered in Dallas. 260 mixed-income rental units serving primarily lower-income seniors in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, featuring luxury amenities, improved public infrastructure, resident services, technology and health supports for aging in place, and a community health clinic, not to mention a great view of downtown from the roof deck! This marquee ~$60M project was spearheaded by Deborah Welchel, in partnership with DHA Troy Broussard Tim Lott Debbie Quitugua, Volunteers of America-Texas Angela King and the City of Dallas. Fantastic partners all around on this one: Spring Valley Construction Company Humphreys & Partners Architects Lument Bank of America Coats Rose, P.C. Scott Dueker Volunteers…

Congratulations to one of our finalists for the 2023 IMPACT Awards: Cadence!

October 18, 2023 – Cadence is a 55-unit senior apartment building developed by Volunteers of America – National (VOANS) offering one- and two-bedroom apartments at 20-80% AMI, with an average AMI of 51%, demonstrating deep affordability. The building was designed to meet a critical need for senior housing in Fort Collins and support the independence and well-being of residents as they age in place. This critical and high-quality senior affordable housing serves the goal of uplifting seniors and allowing them to live independently at this site as long as they are able, rather than moving into more costly healthcare-related housing. This site…

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