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Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Hospices, Human Services, Mental Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Alpha Omega Veteran Services provides social services and short- and long-term transitional housing programs to homeless veterans with the end goals of securing permanent housing, independent living and total societal re-integration.

Results: Since our inception, it has been our pleasure to have served more than 8,000 displaced and/or disabled veterans. Our facilities include a drop-in/outreach center with a 19-bed transitional center, 32 one-bedroom permanent housing apartments, permanent housing in eight townhouses serving 32 veterans, 10 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) permanent housing units for the chronically homeless, a 15-bed transitional housing facility, and an 8-bed hospice-like transitional facility known as the “Life House” that serves the medically fragile.

Target demographics: disabled and displaced military veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 300 military veterans.

Geographic areas served: Memphis, Tennessee

Programs: food, clothing, housing, transportation, vocational assistance and rehabilitation assistance that are administered by a staff comprised of over 30 trained professionals

Community Stories

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

During the past 2 years Hilton and Alpha Omega Veterans Service has partnered on a number of activities to support the Veterans served by Alpha Omega. It has been a true pleasure to work alongside Cordell Walker, Vicki Azlin and the entire team to support Veterans in need. Cordell and Vicki educated our Team Members on the services provided and the additional needs of the Veterans. We were able to partner on donations, support benefit fund raisers along with hosting a cookout and activities for the resident Veterans. It is humbling and intensely inspiring to experience the immense passion the Alpha Omega Team has for our Veterans in need. Cordell epitomizes the quality of a true leader to run a first rate organization. Our team is so proud to be a part of the Alpha Omega community partnerships in the greater Memphis area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Services is such a fantastic organization! My first time volunteering for AOVS, I had the pleasure of helping cook and serve Thanksgiving dinner for a group of veterans. It ended up being one of the best Thanksgivings I've ever had. I got to spend time with some of the veterans and hear their stories and how AOVS has helped them in so many ways. It makes me so grateful that AOVS exists and especially proud that Memphis has such a great organization to help our veterans. Veteran causes are especially near to my heart and I love how AOVS cares for vets in such a well rounded way. Their staff and board are also outstanding and always so friendly and grateful for support. Alpha Omega Veterans Services is just wonderful.


Donor

Rating: 5

I like helping organizations that are well managed and serious about what they do. That would be Alpha Omega. When I donate anything, I know Vicki and the crew will make sure the right folks get the right things to make their lives a little better. When I ask what is needed, I always get a solid, honest, straight forward answer.
A man was walking on the beach. He was taking sand dollars that had washed up on the shore and putting them back in the water. They can't live long without the ocean. A little boy walked up and asked...Why are you putting sand dollars back in the ocean? There are millions of them and you can't help them all! The man replied...You are right young man, but I can help these sand dollars.

Steve Butler

J. David W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. was founded in 1987 by a Memphis family who had two sons who were Vietnam veterans and they ended up living homeless on the city streets. Since 1988 Executive Director Cordell Walker said AOVS has helped more than 11,000 veterans sign up for their VA benefits, provide them with food, shelter, clothing and training to assisted them in becoming independent and productive citizen who overcame addiction, PTSD, or other issues connected to their military service. I volunteered in 2015 to help Cordell Walker and others to support this valuable mission. AOVS currently houses 140 veteran clients. Our motto is "Helping Veterans Help Themselves".

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first met Cordell Walker 3 years ago when he spoke at our church and told the story of Alpha Omega Veterans. Having served 16 years in the USNR, and 6 years in the Tennessee State Guard I knew I wanted to help veterans as a volunteer and that's how I got started. In 2017 I was elected to serve on the AOVS board and become part of a great community Team. It is a proud and rewarding thing to help our veterans who've suffered and need assistance to rebuild their lives and become a contributing member of our community again. Thank you all for your Military service. J. David W.

J Racquel C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My company has been contributing donations to AOVS for years - we love what they do to take care of our homeless veterans and are proud to be associated with AOVS. The annual masquerade ball fundraiser is an incredibly fun way to get to know folks in the community who feel just as passionate about making sure veterans have a home and peace of mind!

Brian W.8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega is a wonderful charity. They are always willing to help and provide guidance.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AOVS is a supportive work environment that facilitates creative engagement among it's employees and residents, making it a joy to be a part of the work there

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former volunteer, and now employee, I've personally witnessed how Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS) has changed lives for the better. These men (and women) have learned that people DO care and there IS hope. I encourage anyone to check out AOVS and learn about all the great things they do. Donors make all the difference in their world!

Matt P.6

Donor

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Services have partnered with our veteran service organization many times over the past few years to serve Memphis's veteran community. Each year they host an outstanding golf tournament that raises money for the homeless veterans they house and provide care for. We have participated in it several times and have always had a great experience. We also partnered with them to tour their facilities and were really impressed with the level of care and services they provide for such a large group of homeless veterans of all ages, gender, race, and creed. They are doing outstanding work in the Memphis area!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Compassionate. Efficient. Effective. Dedicated. Determined. The team at Alpha Omega Veterans Services is that plus so much more.

I was first introduced to the organization by a co-worker. Himself a veteran, he was pursuing a non-profit dedicated to the care of veterans our company could support on our annual day of service. That introduction opened the doors, and our eyes, to the incredible work Alpha Omega does daily.

With more than 30 years of service to Memphis veterans, the team seeks to aid those who find themselves struggling with physical and mental health issues after serving our country. Many of those they serve have also found themselves without homes, support or hope. However, the Alpha Omega team walks alongside to help their clients establish benefits, housing and proper care as they reintegrate into society.

The small team offers transitional housing as they help clients deal with such issues as PTSD, substance abuse, and service-related injuries. With the ultimate goal of healthy self-sufficiency, clients are supported through their process to permanent housing and employment.

Alpha Omega has impacted thousands of people and the only way that can be done so well and so consistently is with love. The entire team, from their executive director to their administrative and facility staffs, functions from a place of loving gratitude to their clients. They don't just work to meet their clients needs, they establish relationships with each so they know they are no longer fighting their battles alone.

My role with my employer is to coordinate efforts to serve our community. We are honored to partner with Alpha Omega Veterans Services as they work to serve those who have served all of us so bravely.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the greatest safety net for our veterans who have fallen on hard times in the Mid-South. A faith based organization that addresses conditions that don’t neatly fit into the evolved bureaucracy related to caring for veterans and their unique variety of health conditions. I have seen first-hand the sparkle of hope and strong beat of a renewed heart that the veterans who are clients in this program demonstrate and share in discussion. To think of gaining hope and Being given a new chance to traverse the hardship of their condition and ultimately regain their position in society as a productive, independent member of society. To have a chance to repair the relationships that have been strained as a result of the “bumpy road” recently impacting their lives fuels their souls to not merely endure the process of treatments but prevail from their temporal situation.
The leadership at AOVS (i.e. the board and the executive director and his small staff) is so inspiring and committed to their clients that it sets a shining example for all non-profits supporting our veterans.
For the city of Memphis, there are three great home-grown stars: St Jude, FedEx and Alpha Omega. A world class organization committed to our veterans in need. A worthy cause without the noise of politics - just taking care of our sons and daughters who wore the uniform of the United States Military.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was our honor to volunteer as a group with Alpha Omega Veterans Services. If you have a heart for helping veterans and are looking to volunteer for an organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of these deserving men and women, I would highly recommend volunteering for Alpha Omega.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My friend and I helped make a meal for the veterans on thanksgiving. It was really nice! The veterans and their families really appreciated it! Everyone there was really kind! The veterans have their own garden which was really cool!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Helping veteran's help themselves is truly what they do, thank God for this organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. helps the veterans help themselves.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega served me food and gave me groceries to help carry me over until I get paid. I learned that they will help Veterans help themselves. That's wonderful for me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to help our heroes, fills my heart to know my services put a smile on their faces.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Horticulture therapy is a great therapy. The chickens are therapeutic .

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Horticulture therapy is growing fast amd results are very good

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My father was helped by Alpha Omega years ago. They were kind and professional. I have volunteered with them through the years and have been impressed with their knowledge of veterans issues and how well they meet the needs of the veterans they serve

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They arte so good to our heroes and a huge blessing to the community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They help homeless and disabled veterans get the help they need to get them off the street & into housing. The best way to help is to donate!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! They help veterans every day. They don't just give them housing, they help them regain their life!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cordell Walker and the AOVS team strive everyday to positively impact the lives of their clients who they truly view as family. This organization goes above and beyond to be the best and to live the mission of helping veterans reintegrate back into society...by helping them be in a position to help themselves. I am so very proud each and every day to be part of this fantastic organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to serve those that served our country! Very touching experience, thank you Alpha Omega for doing all that you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AOVS is a wonderful organization helping our heroes find placement in this crazy world each day. When you visit the veterans and share with them a little bit of kindness and companionship, the smile on there face is priceless and the feeling in your heart is swelling with joy knowing how happy you just made that one veteran! Imaging touching the hearts of many... Alpha Omega serves 125-150 veterans daily! Great job Alpha Omega, keep up your hard work and may God Bless each of you for serving our servicemen and women.

Tony F.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a Disabled Veteran (Navy) I own a Company selling Hemp CBD Products To Help those with PTSD, TBI, Pain, Anxiety, etc! I fell in Love with Alpha & Omega! They truly help those Veterans Homeless and anything else they need to bring them back into society again! I have started Donating $1.00 for each item I sell during that month! Just know and Remember that these Veteran Brothers and Sisters, Have left there Family To Protect Yours! It's Our Job when they come back to help them in any way we can! God Bless ALL Veterans!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega has been the leader for homeless veterans in the Memphis area. Helping 11,000+ veterans in 31 years is outstanding. Keep up the good work for our community

Deadra Leathers A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit group is so amazing! Alot of people dont even know they exist but they have been working in the background helping Veterans since 1987!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great charity to work with. Love all they do to help our veterans!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization geared to helping those who made the sacrifice to defend our country!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place for giving back to the servicemen and women who served our country. The love and compassion of fellowship with the residents of AOV is always rewarding for the soul. This organization has helped many people (Veterans) live a somewhat normal life, that is truly a blessing!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AVOS is actually helping Vets in a very real, practical & useful way; they accomplish their mission well & run the organization properly.

Steve M.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being an AOVS Board Member for the past 11 years I’ve witnessed the dramatic change that an Org. can make in a Vets life by reaching out and caring. Offering hope, inspiration and the means to our Vets, to give them the opportunity to return to society, is what AOVS strives to do and it shows in how our Org. has grown and become a literal lifesaver for our Veterans. Proud to be a member and be able to offer that hope to our Veterans in need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Services was one of the first organizations to serve homeless and disabled veterans in the United States. Born out of a mother's love for her two sons that returned from Vietnam suffering from PTSD and ravaged by the effects of Agent Orange. She sought help for them and found none - thus Alpha Omega Faith Homes began in a humble duplex in South Memphis and served 8 veterans. Today it serves up to 140 veterans daily in its six facilities meeting basic needs, food clothing & shelter; continues with recovery, rehabilitation and education assistance. Success is based on having income and permanent, safe and secure housing. In our 30-years we have assisted over 10,000 veterans with over a 90% success rate. It has been a privilege and honor to serve as the Director for this organization for almost 30 years.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

What a terrific organization. Veterans should be honored & this organization is tireless in service to them!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega is a great asset to the Memphis community and has been for years. They helped my dad at one of the lowest points in his life. He got back on his feet and went on to have a happy healthy retirement! Many thanks to them for the great work they do!!

Angie84

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with this agency over 5 years. The work this agency does for our local veterans is amazing! Come take a look! You will be hooked! Our veterans deserve the absolute best and AOVS provides hope for our heros! God Bless our hero's! God Bless AOVS

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with AOVS as a Golf Tournament volunteer and am now a volunteer Board member. Nothing warms my heart more than to provide a service to our veterans! God bless this organization, it's staff and veterans we serve. AOVS is home to so many veterans for over 30 years! I am so very happy this organization exist for our local military and their families!

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Krystal N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love love LOVE Alpha Omega Veterans Services Inc. Keep up the GREAT work!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Alpha omega houses and feeds any veteran at anytime

Advisor

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Services changes lives on a daily basis. Whether providing temporary, permanent supportive housing or making referrals for to displace/disabled veterans, they make a difference. In 30 years, this organization has grown from a single duplex housing 8 veterans to 7 facilities that serve 125-130 veterans daily. Not only do they provide the basics of food, shelter and clothing, Alpha Omega offers and provides access to all the social services needed to fully reintegrate theses veterans back into society such as job training, counseling, transportation to any service they may need; and they have done it with a success rate of 90%.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Service is an amazing organization. Their commitment to their founding principles and members is a tangible experience. I respect that most of their staff were once program participants that have grown and developed into contributing members to the organization.

As a volunteer, they make it very easy for me and my company to help. They are open to any ideas that will benefit their members and they go above and beyond to make every dollar, donation and effort count and stretch.

1 Courtney74

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that truly wants to help our veterans get back on their feet

2 Freddy R.

Donor

Rating: 5

A great Service to our Veterans, I went on a Motorcycle poker run with all the people from Alpha Omega. The nicest people you'll ever meet.

2 Bonnie102

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alpha omega is doing wonders for the veteran community by bringing awareness to their needs. Much of this information is left out of the media and never truly brought to the publics attention. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the enthusiasm and dedication that alpha omega shows toward our local veterans and also their promotion of veteran rights on the national level. Everyone should take a page out of their book and lend a helping hand to those who fought for our rights.

3 Jenny102

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega has shown me all the good they do for the community by giving back and raising funds for our veterans that fight for us . They're constantly doing events to raise awareness and funds for the veterans. They are a wonderful organization and I love helping support them in anything they do.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with and donated to this organization for many years. The work done by the agency under the servant leadership of Mr. Walker is incomparable.
Kudos to the entire Alpha Omega family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been only one of many sponsors for the annual AOVS golf tournament. I would encourage anyone to get involved and help this great charity.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I am truly in awe of Alpha Omega. For the past three decades, this organization has faithfully helped more than 10,000 military veterans in the Memphis area recover from physical combat and service-related conditions, including anger management, substance abuse, combat stress, PTSD and various mental health disorders. As a result of the housing, food, clothing, transportation and counseling programs provided by AOVS, many of those who served our country now have the chance to successfully rejoin society and engage in healthy, independent living. Alpha Omega’s mission is more important today than it’s ever been and certainly worthy of being one of our community’s top priorities.

3 Stephanie256

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm a new board member, and having been on a number of other boards previously, it is this cause that is as heart-warming as critical.
22-23 veterans kill themselves daily, and it is Alpha Omega and their amazing efforts that help hose brave servicemen and women who helped us earn our freedom.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Verterans Service...great people who care and organization!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega is an amazing group to work with. They worked with us to give our students an amazing service experience with veterans. They really worked to help our students understand what this agency was able to offer and how we could continue to support this organization. They are kind, comprehensive, and truly amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the honor of working with Alpha and Omega in conjunction with the release of my first book.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Since its inception, this organization has been on the forefront of veterans issues. You can see the difference it is making in the lives of the veterans that they serve. It is a great organization that is postured to do even greater things in the future.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a veteran who has a history of mental health issues. As a part of my recovery I became a mental health advocate and have been for over 10 years. I now work for and fully support the mission of Alpha Omega Veterans Services.

Alpha Omega Veterans Services serves those who have put their lives on the line to protect the rest of us. The men and women who have paid a terrible price, their minds and bodies broken by their service or its aftermath, deserve our total and unconditional support to help them attain any goal they want.

I would not be here if I did not feel passionately about this mission, to help my battle brothers and sisters.

1 Sherry61

Board Member

Rating: 5

Alpha Omega Veterans Services is the best nonprofit for disabled and displaced veterans! They have helped over 9,000 veterans to date. AOVS extends a hand to veterans during their time of need and rehabilitates them to become functional civilians again. Thank you AOVS for everything you do!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are a great organization that does help veterans

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization that does amazing work with our American Heroes

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great people & great organization helping our Veterans. I've gotten to know several people there & have made lasting friendships.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AOVS saved my life. They have my best interest in heart. AOVS has heart for veterans. Thanx AOVS

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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Donor

Rating: 4

They provide much needed services to returning veterans and end of life care to homeless veterans with compassion and kindness.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

They do a great job ensuring our Vets are taken care of physically and emotionally. They've done a wonderful job helping them re-adjust to life after the service and the difficulties some of them encounter after their return to civilian life. What could they do better? They need better resources to get their word out and avenues for revenue stream to help more Vets.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The agency's expertise has been in providing food, shelter, clothing and all of the rehabilitative serves necessary totally reintegrate homeless and disabled veterans back into society for nearly 30 years. To date they have serviced nearly 10,000 veterans. We would like decrease the suicide rates of this population.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AOVS is one of the most effective nonprofits that helps homeless veterans here in Memphis.