for the
Homeless, Inc.

800 Williamsburg Ave
Suite B
Portsmouth, VA

Phone:(757) 399-0200
FAX:(757) 399-3331


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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 Partner

  Volunteering/Mentoring at Shelters

Executive Director

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There are many people
 to thank for keeping
 the shelter going strong. Without your support,
 we wouldn't be able
 to help as we do now.

 Special thanks to
Mrs. Gail Burnell-Melchor
who in life loved to help
those less fortunate
and in passing requested
donations to PVH in lieu of flowers.

Obituary for Mrs. Melchor