Village Community Services' mission is to support people with disabilities in achieving personal potential at home, work and in community life. Since its inception, Village Community Services (VCS) has continually adapted to meet the changing needs of program participants and their families. VCS was founded in 1963 as Victoria Ranch to serve at-risk youth. The agency soon expanded to provide vocational training and group home living to children and adults with disabilities in Stanwood, Washington. In the mid 1990's, the agency sold its Stanwood property and transitioned participants to their own homes in the communities of Stanwood, Arlington, Tulalip, and Marysville. Similarly, the agency changed its vocational emphasis from sheltered employment in a segregated workshop to integrated employment with local businesses. The current name, Village Community Services, reflects the current emphasis on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the greater community. Today, Village Community Services serves approximately 200 adults with disabilities.
Village Community Services (VCS) Employment Services specializes in helping people with disabilities to assess their job skills, define their career interests and goals, develop a resume', and ultimately find and keep employment. VCS's employment specialists are also available to assist with reasonable workplace accommodations and to provide on-the-job training and support to both program participants and their employers. VCS's Residential Supported Living program provides independent living skills training and support to adults who have disabilities. Services occur in participant's homes and communities, and our caring and trained staff members are available to participants 24 hours a day. As a result, program participants are able to maximize their independence, build lasting community relationships, and achieve their life goals. Village Music and Arts is an interactive music and arts program for people of all ages and abilities. The program includes weekly Friday Music jam sessions, a monthly Evening with the Arts event, and the Voices of the Village performance ensemble. Voices of the Village entertain and inspire audiences at festivals, fundraisers, and other community venues throughout Washington State.