Saturday, June 15Hampton Roads Weekly

Focus On Philanthropy

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center Helps Vincent Find a New Home

By Kristin Ward

The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center’s staff, partners and volunteers are celebrating 32 years of feeding

the hungry and sheltering the homeless! People like Vincent.

The week of Thanksgiving was an exciting time for Vincent. He signed a lease and was handed the key to

a new apartment at the Housing Resource Center (HRC)! It was beginning to look like Christmas for him.

The last ten months had been hard and long.

The heavy equipment operator and former truck driver experienced a health crisis in February 2018.

After missing too much work, Vincent lost his job and eventually his home. Never expecting to become

homeless, he began living in his car in April. With the help of food stamps, Vincent bought items he

didn’t have to cook. Vincent would clean up in public restrooms.

Recovery from his health crisis was hard and expensive. He found out about JCOC’s Day Support

program at the HRC. Over a series of visits Vincent received help at the site’s medical clinic and

completed the necessary paperwork to receive Social Security benefits early. Our Housing Support

Specialists referred Vincent to JCOC’s Rapid Rehousing Team, and within 11 days an apartment opened

up at the HRC!

“It’s wonderful. It’s great,” Vincent said of his new place. “It’s just the right size.”

This Washington Redskins and Ohio State Buckeyes fan would love to return to work, but he is still

experiencing muscle and joint problems. Vincent is grateful for the network of support that JCOC has

wrapped around him. “This has been a wonderful experience,” he said.

Be a Part of JCOC’s Network of Support! Help the hungry and homeless today and throughout the


1. Give Financially

*Online gifts can be made on

*Mail checks to JCOC, 1053 Virginia Beach Blvd., 

  Virginia Beach, VA 23451

*Amazonsmile ( and Kroger   Community Rewards – choose JCOC as your charity of   choice!

2. Donate the Most Needed Items

*Nonperishable food (pasta, pasta sauce, cereal, canned   meat, fruit and vegetables, etc.)

*Men’s & Women’s Underwear (new)

*Shampoo & Conditioner (full size)

*Deodorant (full & travel size)

*Bus Passes

Please drop off donations at JCOC’s main campus (1053 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451, Monday – Friday from 8 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 5 pm).

3. Volunteer – Individuals and groups are invited to:

*Prepare and serve community dinner

*Clean/landscape main campus

*Sort & organize donations

For more information, please contact Krishna Loya, volunteer coordinator at [email protected], or 757-491-2846, ext. 102.

Save the Dates

Swing into Spring Dinner & Dancing

Four area ballroom studios are partnering together for this first time event benefiting JCOC’s housing and feeding programs.

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center

6:30 pm Cocktails 7:00 pm Dinner, Pro Dance Expo & Dancing

Online tickets available February 2019 on

Corporate sponsorships available. 

Please contact Kristin Ward ([email protected]; 757-491-2846).

Annual Black & White Gala

Friday, October 18, 2019

Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

6:00 pm Silent Auction/Cocktail Hour

7:00 pm Dinner Program

Corporate sponsorships available. Please contact Kristin Ward ([email protected]; 757-491-2846).