Discover VOA Alaska

Since 1981, VOA Alaska has taken on the most difficult tasks to help the most underserved.

When the first Volunteers of America (VOA) was founded in 1896, the concept of “volunteering” meant serving others as a vocation. While our understanding of the term has evolved, our dedication to serving others has not.

In 1981, VOA arrived in Alaska with the opening of ARCH, our youth residential treatment facility in Eagle River. Today, VOA Alaska provides a range of mental, emotional, and behavioral healthcare and support services to youth and their families at low or no cost.

From prevention and early intervention, to counseling, family support, and life-skills development, to housing and residential treatment, our team strives to meet the need of every child, teen, and young adult in our care.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our vision is a community that supports the hope, health, and healing of every Alaskan. 

Our mission is to empower Alaskans and uplift the human spirit through recovery services, housing, and promoting healthy communities. 

We are driven by our values of courage, connection, hope, innovation, joy, and responsibility. 

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Our Strategic Focus

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:

    1. Client-Centered Services: Improved Client Experience
    2. Engage and Empowered Workforce: Improved Employee Experience
    3. Efficient Use of Resources: Lower Cost
    4. Data-Driven Decision Making: Better Outcomes

Under each of the four strategic focus area, several initiatives exist that represent the path forward to accomplishing our purpose.

Courage

Courage

To take risks, make changes, and find strength in failure.
Connection

Connection

To remind ourselves and others, we are not alone.
Hope

Hope

To lend strength to faith, knowing we can recover, we can rebuild, we are resilient.
Innovation

Innovation

To spark creativity and collaboration as we strive to positively disrupt the status quo.
Joy

Joy

To see the light which shines through the darkness that may come our way.
Responsibility

Responsibility

To meet and explore the need while holding true to the highest standards of excellence.

Centering on Our “Why” in a Year That Tested Us

In our 2020 Community Impact Report, learn how VOA Alaska rose to the challenges the past year presented us, read stories of real impact from each of our programs, and learn how we served, and will continue to serve, Alaska’s youth and families. 

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