A Big Heart on a Big

In the throes of a global pandemic, VOA Texas has been truly blessed by the outpouring of support from donors and friends in the community. Beverly Terranova, 88 of Arlington, is one of many bright stars who shined their light in a time of need.

Beverly’s connection to VOATX is personal, as her oldest child, Marie, receives support through the Individuals with Developmental Disabilities program. She was born with brain damage and is able to live on her own in an apartment in Fort Worth. Beverly credits VOA Texas with Marie’s success of living independently.

“Choosing VOA Texas was an easy choice,” said Beverly, “because it is a Christian organization that truly lives out its Christianity by providing dedicated care, assistance and especially hope to so many individuals.” She added, “of all the helpers Marie has had over the years, her VOA helpers have been the very best.”

Though canceled this year due of the pandemic, Marie loves celebrating with her VOA family at the annual Christmas party. With a chuckle, Beverly recalls the year that Marie won a ham at the event and proudly shared it at her own family’s Christmas gathering.

Beverly believes it is important to keep VOA in her prayers, but that’s only part of her big heart. “When I checked on VOA Texas during North Texas Giving Day, I noticed they were only halfway to their goal,” (North Texas Giving Day, an annual online event hosted by the Communities Foundation of Texas, secures millions of dollars for local nonprofit organizations.) She felt compelled to push VOA Texas over the top by giving a larger-than-usual donation.

Funding from North Texas Giving Day was immediately put to use supporting the needs of clients and frontline staff dealing with hardships brought on by the pandemic.

VOA Texas is grateful for all of our donors, like Beverly, who open their big hearts to help the most vulnerable across Texas.