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Ola Mae Ransom took a bold leap of faith when her two sons returned from Vietnam profoundly changed by their experiences, both diagnosed with PTSD. Determined to find the support and resources they desperately needed; she embarked on a mission. Discovering a glaring absence of such services, she founded Alpha Omega Faith Homes—a beacon of hope for veterans experiencing homelessness. It began humbly, nestled within a single duplex, yet it was the pioneering force, the first of its kind, providing solace for those who had received treatment from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Memphis, TN.

In a mere year, the organization formalized its structure, securing bylaws, and earning coveted 501(c)(3) status, endorsed by the state of Tennessee.
As the years unfolded, Alpha Omega Faith Homes burgeoned, becoming a cornerstone of the Memphis community. By 1990, its footprint expanded to encompass ten independent family homes and a comprehensive 90-day Transitional Housing Program. In 1995, recognizing its evolving mission, it rebranded as Alpha Omega Veterans Services (AOVS).

Alpha Omega Veterans Services embarked on a transformative journey of expansion. By 2000, it inaugurated a Supportive Transitional Housing program, spanning from 30 days to two years, alongside a pivotal Drop-In Center at 1183 Madison Ave.

Not content with stationary growth, AOVS acquired officer's housing at the Defense Depot, repurposing 4 buildings into a 32-bed sanctuary. In 2004, the organization's reach extended further, establishing a permanent supportive housing complex within a gated community, complemented by Mobile Outreach initiatives. These strides solidified Alpha Omega as a beacon of excellence, setting standards in compassionate care for homeless veterans and their families.

By 2005, Alpha Omega's collaborative network flourished. Partnering with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the organization expanded its realm, offering comprehensive supportive services, including room and board, for the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Program.

Simultaneously, housing initiatives flourished. The inception of Alpha Omega's Home Ownership program marked a new era, constructing three private residence homes for veterans, not merely providing shelter but fostering a sense of ownership and belonging.

With over two decades of unwavering commitment, Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. entered a new chapter. In 2008, it unveiled a groundbreaking 10-Unit single resident occupancy (SRO) building, symbolizing its dedication to ensuring veterans transition with dignity and peace.

Driven by a holistic ethos, Alpha Omega expanded its support network further with the introduction of the Veterans Life House—a haven offering Palliative and Hospice care, reaffirming its mission to honor and uphold the deserving support for our veterans.

Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. stands as a testament to unwavering dedication and boundless compassion. Since our inception, we have proudly assisted nearly 10,000 veterans, enriching lives and enhancing the fabric of the Memphis community.

Our commitment to our mission is resolute, reflected in our remarkable growth. From humble beginnings with an $80,000 budget, we have flourished into an organization with assets and revenue totaling $4.5 million. This exponential expansion underscores our steadfast resolve to ensure our veterans receive the support they so rightfully deserve.
We have surpassed the aspirations of our founder, yet our journey continues. Our motto, "helping veterans help themselves," reverberates through every endeavor, shaping our unwavering dedication to our noble cause.

In a transformative moment for Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc., we were graciously gifted the former Marine Corps Reserve Center located at 3114 Jackson Avenue in Memphis. This invaluable asset was earmarked to serve veterans experiencing homelessness, marking a pivotal juncture in our journey. This generous donation has allowed us to consolidate our operations, establishing this location as our new headquarters.

With ample space to expand our services, including additional farming acreage for horticultural therapy, we embarked on a capital campaign to renovate and enhance the facility to meet the evolving needs of our clients. The construction of our new headquarters commenced, symbolizing a profound step forward in our mission.

A beacon of hope emerged on the horizon as Alpha Omega Veterans Services, Inc. achieved a significant milestone in its capital campaign. With unwavering community support, we surpassed more than half of our fundraising goal, paving the way for a brighter future.

On November 10th, we celebrated a momentous occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the unveiling of our new headquarters. The following day, November 11th, we welcomed the community with open arms during our Open House event, inviting all to witness our renewed commitment to serving veterans.

As we transitioned to our new facility, we bid farewell to Mr. Cordell Walker, our esteemed Executive Director of more than 35 years, who retired at the end of 2023. Yet, our journey continues under the guidance of a new Executive Director, poised to carry forth the torch and uphold the vital work of Alpha Omega Veterans Services.

As our capital campaign presses forward, we extend an invitation to all to join us in our mission. Whether through a monetary donation, in-kind contribution, or volunteerism, your support ensures that no veteran is left behind in their time of need. Together, we forge a path of hope, resilience, and empowerment for those who have served our nation bravely.

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