April 9, 2020
Victory Programs Gets $45K to Help Restore Addiction Services

March 10, 2015 — Victory Programs, a Boston-based nonprofit that works with the homeless who often have substance use and chronic health issues, announced that it has received a $45,000 grant from The Boston Foundation to help restore addiction recovery services for homeless women.

The one-time, special grant was made in connection with the sudden closing last October, due to structural issues, of the Long Island Bridge, connecting Long Island in Boston Harbor with the city, which impacted a number of nonprofits, including Victory Programs (VPI).

Boston city officials on Oct. 8 condemned the bridge, the only access to the 225-acre island, which had been deteriorating for decades, and ordered an immediate evacuation of the area that served as a home of sorts for hundreds of homeless people, addicts, and other displaced people.

"The leadership and compassion shown by Paul Grogan and The Boston Foundation is critically needed and deeply appreciated as we work diligently to bring this vital program back into operation." said Jonathan Scott, CEO of VPI.

"The sudden evacuation of Joelyn's Family Home and the serious loss of so many life-saving recovery beds for women has been a devastating loss to our Boston community, especially as the Commonwealth struggles with a growing heroin epidemic."

Last fall, Eastern Bank awarded grants, each valued at $10,000 to VPI and four other nonprofits, to help lessen the impact the bridge’s closure on the people served by those organizations. Also receiving the grants were Bay Cove Human Services, Boston Public Health Commission’s Transitions Program, Friends of Boston's Homeless, and Volunteers of America.

Paul S. Grogan, TBF president and CEO of The Boston Foundation, said, “We have had a long and productive association with Victory Programs. We’ve been very distressed at the travail and hardship that the bridge closure led to for some of our most vulnerable citizens. And we’re confident that the restoration of this program will bring help to those most in need in our community."

VPI said the TBF grant will help stabilize the organization's clinical and financial infrastructure and find a suitable site for Joelyn's Family Home, a 47-bed addiction recovery home for women, a process aggravated by a tight real estate market that has driven up rental and property prices in Boston.

Since its inception in 1975, VPI has expanded to 18 housing and health programs providing housing, shelter, and recovery services to 2,300 people annually. In 1981, it became one of the first agencies in Massachusetts to allow HIV positive clients in its addiction recovery programs, and last year, in response to surging family homelessness, opened the Chamblet Family Home.

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