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Veteran Services recognized as part of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation award

The Thompson family was able to move into stable, affordable housing with assistance from Louisville's Supportive Services for Veterans Families program after spending weeks living out of their car.

Last month, the city of Louisville was awarded the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize. The award honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier and more productive lives, which closely aligns with our mission to create positive change in the lives of the people we serve.

Volunteers of America's success in placing homeless veterans into affordable, stable housing, along with the work of our community partners, was one of the reasons Louisville was chosen as a prize recipient.

"We are thrilled to see Louisville's commitment to creating a culture of health recognized. As an organization, we are dedicated to demonstrating compassion for those who need us the most by providing the highest quality services," said Jennifer Hancock, Volunteers of America President/CEO.

Chosen from nearly 200 applicant communities across the country, Louisville, along with six other cities, earned the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recognition for its commitment to health equity, data-driven decision making, collective impact, violence prevention efforts and for its innovation in engaging artists to improve health.

Learn more about Louisville's work as a compassionate city here.