Letter from the Director:
Thank you for visiting our website.
As you browse the site we hope you will enjoy the information made available to you.
This website describes some of our activities and services, offers links to news and resources relating to homelessness.
We would love to hear from you and welcome questions about our program and/or suggestions of new resources and issues
that you would like us to highlight.
Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless is a non-profit 501 (c) 3
corporation governed by a twenty-one (21) member independent Board of Directors. Working with over forty-five
(45) houses of faith in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk and students from Virginia Wesleyan College,
PVH provides nightly shelter for homeless persons from mid-November through May each year. During the
2014 – 2015 shelter season, PVH provided shelter for 171 individuals with a total of 5,245 shelter-bed nights.
Volunteer hours donated totaled 15,411 hours. According to the Office on Volunteerism and Community Service of
the Virginia Department of Social Services, the average dollar value for a volunteer hour in Virginia is $24.95
per hour. Therefore, our VOLUNTEER time equates to at least $384504.45 worth of SERVICE.
In addition to sheltering, PVH operates a twelve (12) month Outreach Service Center where clients can shower,
do laundry, receive their mail and telephone usage. Clients also meet with a case manager for support in becoming
self-sufficient, mental health, substance abuse and employment counseling. Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless,
Inc.’s early intervention with the housing focus case management program has a proven track record of moving homeless
individuals from dependency to self-sufficiency and since adopting the “Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in the City of
Portsmouth, September, 2008. PVH staff has assisted 329 homeless men and women in attaining housing.
While we enjoy a working relationship with many faith based organizations, additional partnerships are needed to
help us continue our mission. Perhaps your house of faith or organization is looking to find a way to support the
unfortunate men and women who strive to work towards becoming self-sufficient.
Please consider the many ways you can help:
Special Collection (toiletries,
laundry detergent, socks, blankets, etc.)
Joining as a Host or Support
Volunteering/Mentoring at Shelters
It's going to be a great year.