At Volunteers of America, we are more than a nonprofit organization. We are a ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through our hundreds of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America touches the lives of 1.5 million people in over 400 communities in 46 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico each year. Since 1896, we have 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.
My professional certifications include Certified Work Incentives Practitioner, National Certified Peer Specialist, Certified Recovery Peer Specialist and a Copeland Center trained Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator. I am also trained and certified in Digital Peer Support and Supporting Older Adults Remotely. My most authentic credential is my lived experience. I have been providing peer support professionally since 2008 in the community mental health system, in-patient settings, and informal community settings. I have 6 years experience working in a Forensic Treatment Fa...
Hi everyone, I'm genuinely happy you've found this peer support platform. Take a moment, look around, check out the groups and peer supporter profiles, see what's a good fit for you. My healing journey has been unique, kind of like a patchwork quilt, a piece from here, another piece from there... Some of those pieces have extra meaning for me, every piece has value. Ask questions, connect, join groups, whatever works for you.
Blessings of sweet peace be with you!!!
I am Rev. Madonna J. Arsenault, M.Div., CSD, Chaplain
As a Certified Spiritual Director and Chaplain, I bring all that I have been given on my journey to be with you on yours.
I look forward to our time of sharing on this healing journey in the spiritual care of soul repair
to ease the painful feelings of moral distress and moral injury.
Jim Wong (Facilitator)
Moral Distress and Moral Injury can have devastating effects on a person's ability to function. Help is here.
Hello and welcome! I am an ordained minister pursuing my doctorate. I hold a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling/Community Chaplaincy and a B.S. in Religion with a minor in Christian Counseling. I also have certificates in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Seminary, Suicide Prevention and Intervention, Psychological First Aid, and Skills for Psychological Recovery from the NCTSN Learning Center for Child & Adolescent Trauma. I am also a Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader. My calling is to walk beside others experiencing moral injury or trauma, and be their advocate for spiritual healing.
I am a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and community-based social service settings. I focus on advocating for others to ensure everyone has access to the resources necessary to live life in a way that is meaningful to them. I embrace honesty, transparency, and vulnerability in all areas of my life. I am ready and willing to go where I am needed and do whatever comes to hand to assist others in gaining stability and peace. When I'm asked what I most want out of my life, my answer has always been "to make a difference."
Greetings! I am so glad to be part of this group. It's an honor to serve!
Hello! I'm Jack and I've been very lucky to have peers and mentors in my life who have supported me in many ways. Professionally I have worked in higher education and now serve Volunteers of America of Alaska in organizational development and human resources. I am someone who has found healing through supportive friendships and relationships and the outdoors. Mental health has been a challenge for me my entire life and has had significant impact on my family, which drives me to do this work.
Please join our conversation for some well needed me time. This is all about giving yourself permission to just focus on you and only you. Set aside a very brief window of your day to be present, be yourself, and just maybe gain some resilience and strength while your here.
I am glad that you are considering an hour of ReST and look forward to meeting you. We are all in this together.
I’m Joseph Bachota and I’ve been with VOACC for almost 3 years now. I’ve served in the army for 20 years with four combat tours (3 Iraq and 1 Afghanistan). While serving in Iraq, the Lord allowed me to pastor the Gospel service and I have co-pastored many other services while deployed. I have served in many churches all over the world, Iraq, Afghanistan, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington State, Virginia just to name a few. The Lord has allowed me to serve all over the world and I look forward to continuing to serve anywhere, and everywhere, and any how God would have me to serve. I’m married to...
I have been involved in the holistic health field for over 30 years.
A massage therapist since 1993, I have extensive training and experience in a wide variety of modalities including medical massage and hospice and cancer-based massage. I was certified as a Touch for Health Kinesiology instructor in 1995 and have training and professional experience in many energy-based systems such as the PKP Program, Edu-K, Brain Gym, and EFT, among others.
I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Crisis Counseling and went on to become an ESE teacher (E...
Life is about building memories and I’ve just began my next, most exciting chapter: Motherhood. With that, comes new responsibilities, a new outlook on the meaning of life and a new desire to be the best version of myself. I am now a Mental Health Diversion Program Manager for male inmates who don’t realize they're more than their battles and trauma. I’m here to say, no matter what, everything will be okay. This too shall pass.
Hi! I look forward to being with you as we travel this path together.
Jillianne P. Boyd
Welcome to VOA|ReST! I hope you find your time with us helpful for whatever struggles you are experiencing. I'm looking forward to meeting you in VOA| ReST.
Group Leader Info
06:30 PM EDT
Volunteers of America
Topic: Moral Distress & Resiliency
Focus: Care workers and others with feelings of isolation, fatigue, frustration, anxiety. All are welcome here.