Message from the President
For more than 100 years, Volunteers of America Massachusetts has helped thousands of individuals and families with the struggles of everyday life, compounded with personal difficulties. This wouldn’t have been possible without you and our many supporters. Your generosity goes towards supporting veterans, at-risk youth, families in need of counseling, men and women struggling with addiction, the elderly, and rehabilitating ex-offenders at our many programs. Just like you we’ve given, and continue to give, our best efforts, to those who need it.
This year, one of our biggest accomplishments is the work we’re doing to renovate the Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center (MBVC). Located in Somerville, this three-story brick building will be restored and converted into 22 transitional and seven permanent housing units for veterans. The MBVC will bring more affordable alcohol- and drug-free housing for veterans to the Metro Boston region. This is an effort made possible by you, the compassionate donor. Because of the Somerville community and those throughout Massachusetts that want to lend a hand to the men and women who served our country, the renovation of the MBVC is becoming a reality.
Work is still underway and we’re excited to announce the center is set to be completed by spring 2013. Without our volunteers, friends, and supporters, the number of homeless veterans in Massachusetts would well exceed its current 1,400. The MBVC gives veterans a place to call home, and that is what Volunteers of America strives to give those in need – a chance at stability.
As the years pass, I’m more and more confident and proud in the work you help us to achieve to transform so many in Massachusetts. The accomplishments we’ve made in the past 100 years will only be matched and even surpassed as we move into 2013. I’m thankful to those who have supported us; whether you volunteer, donate, or tell a friend about the great work we do, we count you as a supporter.
I hope 2013 brings you the same encouragement it will bring for me and those who rely on our programs. You are a person who knows the value of a second chance and you are motivated to help those in need. You make the Commonwealth a more compassionate place.
On behalf of Volunteers of America Massachusetts, I wish you and your family a happy and successful 2013.
Thomas L. Bierbaum