Photo Gallery | PHOTOS: The Volunteers of America Residential Program Center Open House
You wouldn’t know it from the outside, but tucked away in a thriving community on Columbia Pike is a rehabilitation center full of everyday heroes, and sponsored by Volunteers of America Chesapeake. This facility has been serving the less fortunate in Arlington since 1994, and has touched many lives with its 24-hour programs.
This Residential Program Center consists of two substance abuse programs; a 12-bed Detoxification Unit, a 10-bed Early Recovery Unit, and a 44-bed Homeless Shelter to help those less fortunate get back on their feet .The facility’s walls are covered with inspirational art from past residents, area high schools, and donations from the District of Columbia Art Connection to bring beauty, healing, and creativity to the recovery process.
“We have needs we have to meet within our community especially in times like this. All of us are just one misfortune away from being in the category of needing help. We want to make sure we are doing everything in our power to help the community, and provide the assistance needed for individuals struggling to get back on their feet,” explained Arlington County Board Member, Chris Zimmerman.
The Volunteers of America Chesapeake's mission is to inspire self-reliance, dignity and hope through health and human services, and helps more than 10,000 people each year throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia at their 29 programs.
These programs serve the homeless, individuals with mental illness, individuals with intellectual disabilities, those in need of affordable housing, those in need of supportive services, the aging, those recovering from substance abuse addictions, and Veterans.
“It was a rare opportunity for me to be here at the Residential Program Center. I was homeless, had nowhere to go after the passing of my mother and wife, and the loss of my job. I was lying on a park bench when someone came to my rescue and brought me to this treatment facility. I stayed about a year and nine months total, but now am on my feet with a job, and my own place. Since I’ve left here life has gotten better and better. They taught me a lot of things including the ability to say “no” and mean it," said former resident Willie Boswell.
If you would like to make a difference in your community, look into becoming a volunteer at this location in Arlington or somewhere else through Volunteers of America Cheaspeake. If you are unable to volunteer, but still want to help- make a donation!