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Who doesn't love #ThrowbackThursday?

In the 1930s, we operated summer "fresh air" camps so kids who lived in cities could enjoy nature. Here's some of those kids camping out.
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One tragic number is known: 22 veterans kill themselves every day. But another is not: How many military spouses, siblings and parents are killing themselves? What is war's true toll?

CNN examines veterans' behavioral health in a moving interactive feature, The Uncounted. http://cnn.it/1oMFGeX
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For the people we support, a home is far more than shelter. It's the foundation of life. 

As one of the nation's largest nonprofit providers of quality, affordable housing for families, the elderly and people with disabilities, we provide - not only safe, affordable housing - but also the vital support services they need to thrive. 

http://www.voa.org/housing
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#ThrowbackThursday  We offered many resources for those affected during the Great Depression, including soup kitchens.
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Chris Holcomb served on the front lines in Afghanistan and returned to his hometown of Taylor, Michigan to find an extraordinary surprise from his community as well as from +The Home Depot Foundation. Watch the incredible story here. http://huff.to/1fTY0U7
Chris Holcomb, 25, served on the front lines in Afghanistan as a Marine. For the residents of Taylor, Mich., where Holcomb grew up and returned after his tour of duty, just saying "thank you" wasn't enough. Instead, they found an extraor...
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Join us May 13th at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. for an engaging discussion with some of the nation’s top leaders responding to the underserved needs of America’s women veterans. 

Areas of focus will include homelessness, family housing, mental health and military sexual trauma. By addressing these needs, we aim to support the capacity of all women #veterans to be healthy civic assets in their communities and nationally. 

http://www.voa.org/2014womenvets
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We are so very proud of Community Partners Reinvestment (CPR) graduate, Isaiah Holt who recently shared his story of second chances at a TEDx Portland talk. 

CPR is an initiative of our Oregon office that helps troubled, vulnerable people facing challenges remake their lives and become inspiring community leaders. Check out Isaiah's story here (3rd story from the bottom): http://www.tedxportland.com/?speakers
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Did you know that 26 percent of adults will experience a mental health disorder in any given year? With those numbers, what if there were behavioral health "Minute Clinics," health clinics within big box stores? What do you think? http://bit.ly/N3oC8a
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"I think I am in my last days but it does not really matter because I have had such a beautiful life."

The oldest known survivor of the Holocaust, Alice Herz-Sommer, died yesterday at 110. Her life was a picture of optimism, "always laughing" and putting on concerts with other inmates even during her time in a concentration camp.

Whatever you're going through today, remember her spirit.
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* Over 670,000 Americans are homeless.
* 48 million people go hungry each night.
* 46.2 million Americans live in poverty. 

We help over 2.5 million people a year - and counting. This is why we feed, shelter, help, teach and do what we do. http://www.voa.org/this-is-why
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Helping People in Need Since 1896
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Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.

Through thousands of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 48 states each year. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including veterans, at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions. Our work touches the mind, body, heart — and ultimately the spirit — of those we serve, integrating our deep compassion with highly effective programs and services.
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