A VIA Board Member’s Observations……
It has been my privilege and an opportunity for me to learn about Volunteers in Action’s ministry as a member of the Board of Directors. I had previously had contact as a church deacon when we were organizing and clarifying our role and function. VIA through Donn Hansum was a key resource in helping find our way and establishing our role in ministering to the needs of our congregation. VIA also provided me the opportunity to minister to a person in need for the past five years through the Faith in Deed program. I was contacted to assist a blind person with COPD to read his mail. This opportunity has evolved into a friendship and an opportunity to serve as an advocate for him as he seeks to find better and safer housing that is affordable on his limited budget. VIA has provided encouragement, support and resources to support me in this mission. It has been and is a blessing for me to come alongside a person in need.
As a member of the board for the past year, I have seen the broader aspects of VIA. There is a clear mission statement that guides every program that is being offered. There are many needs for low-income people in the metro Denver area. VIA is looking at ways to help people who are lonely and those struggling to find affordable housing. This appears to be a particular need for seniors on fixed incomes.
With a small staff and limited resources, VIA is helping people to adapt to the challenges in an urban setting. Though the needs are many, VIA is making a difference through the programs in place and is looking forward to serving in new areas in the future. —John Meyer, VIA Board Member