Services Offered at Village Community Services
Employment Services Contact
Please contact Kris Mecko, Director of Employment Services, for more information at 360-653-7752 ext. 19.
VCS is proud to provide a continuum of vocational support programs that connect individuals living with physical, mental health, and/or developmental disabilities with their surrounding community through job-related opportunities that elevate their sense of belonging and purpose, fulfill lifelong aspirations, and impart on-the-job training and coaching.
Employment Planning and Supports
- Skill assessments
- Goal setting
- Resume writing and interview training
- Developing community connections and networking
- Skill building through trial work experience and volunteerism
- On-the-job training according to employer’s specifications
- Help with accommodations
- Follow-along supports for newly hired employees and their employers
- Mentoring and advocacy
- Engagement in community activities that:
- Promote socialization, education, recreation, and personal development
- Provide the opportunity to learn, practice, and apply new skills
- Lead to greater independence and inclusion in the community
- Strengthen relationships
- Requires referral from DDA case manager
- People with disabilities may now participate in both Employment Services and Community Inclusion
VILLAGE COMMUNITY SERVICES IS CARF ACCREDITED FOR
Community Employment Services
Community Employment Services
Employment Planning Services
Residential Services Contact
Please contact Michelle Dietz, Executive Director of Program and Development, for more information at 360-653-7752 ext. 14.
With a goal to ensure a 100% success rate for VCS clients living within their own homes, VCS offers individualized services that help maximize health, safety, and independence through a system of personalized goal setting, caregiving, and skill development.
Individuals with developmental and other disabilities are supported in their own homes to ensure 100% success in the tasks of daily living while maximizing health, safety, and independence. Goals are set and outcomes measured to promote increased awareness and skill development in the following areas: nutrition, health, cooking, banking, shopping, personal finances, relationship development, and personal safety.
Supports are tailored to individual needs so services vary from person to person. Services are funded through DSHS Developmental Disabilities Administration or private pay arrangements with families.
Goals and Dreams
Annually, each program participant comes together with staff, family members, DDA case manager, community members and others to develop an individualized plan of goals and dreams for the year(s) to come. We recognize and honor our participants’ fundamental right to exercise personal power and choice.
Each participant lives in a setting most conducive to meeting his or her individual goals, while providing essential supports—e.g. a single-person apartment or sharing a home with one to four other individuals. Our participants rent their homes and pay for their living expenses. They participate in daily living tasks and decision making as they are able and enjoy a full life filled with inclusive activities and friends. Currently our program participants reside in the communities of Arlington, Smokey Point, Marysville, and Stanwood.
Village Experience Learning Center
Learning opportunities in work readiness (WR), independent living (IL), and hard and soft job skills are available through VELC programming made available for both individuals and group settings.
Individualized & Group Learning
- Job readiness training
- Life skills
- Activities of daily living
- Peer coaching
- Financial success
Customized Group Classes
Customized class offerings are currently on hiatus until further notice
Money Management: Behind on Bills
This class takes a closer look at your personal financial situation and teaches you how to implement simple tools that will elevate your financial knowledge so you can better manage existing habits and behaviors, reducing stress and building a stronger financial foundation to grow from.
Money Management: Introduction to Monday
This 4-week course (4 total hours) is meant to introduce students (ages 14-17) and students with disabilities (ages 18-21) to the basic concept of money and its relationship to our everyday lives. Participants will learn the fundamentals of how to plan for their future with money while also learning ways to avoid classic mistakes.
Social & Communication Group
This 4-week course (4 total hours) is geared for teens and young adults who want to elevate their social presence and communication skills. We contribute to your existing knowledge and add upon them with peer-related activities that help you in social settings, including skills surrounding eye contact, appropriate conversations, listening to others, responding to others, and peer connections.
Art & Success
Relax your mind and easy your burdens while you allow yourself to experience what success feels like when you start with a blank page. This class guides participants through an artistic process that results in a beautiful work of art.
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Village Music & Arts
Our Village Music and Arts program aims to reduce anxiety and the physical effects of stress, including depression and feelings of isolation through the impactful benefits of music therapy. Voices of the Village, VCS’s member-based ensemble band is under the musical direction of Jon Dalgarn and offers each participant an opportunity to express their creativity while fulfilling their musical aspirations in a safe and collaborative environment while offering opportunities for personal growth and enhanced oral and physical motor skills.
We do not provide direct supervision of individual participants. Those who require supervision, must bring a caregiver.
Mary Jo Memorial Music Fund & Scholarship
The Mary Jo Ager Music Fund was formed to make VCS’s Village Music and Arts programs accessible and affordable to people with disabilities. Funds are distributed based on financial need and are used for Voices of the Village membership fees in the form of a scholarship, musical instruments, and other program needs. The fund was established in January 2021 in honor of Mary Jo who was a founding member of the Voices of the Village band and a beloved participant in VCS’s Residential Supported Living program.
To apply for a Voices of the Village scholarship, download the Village Music & Arts Program Participant Packet Music Program Participant Packet and return the form to the VCS office at 3210 Smokey Point Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, WA 98233.
Jimmy and Sean Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship fund was donated by one of our Village Music & Arts founders, Vicki Adams, in memory of her son’s Jimmy and Sean, who both loved music. This scholarship is available to participants who cannot afford the Voices of the Village participation fee. Jimmy and Sean were life-long participants in the Village Music & Arts and Voices of the Village programs.
To apply for a Voices of the Village scholarship, download the Music Program Participant Packet and return the form to the VCS office at 3210 Smokey Point Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, WA 98233.
Voices of the Village Band
Voices of the Village was founded more than 15 years ago as an interactive music program primarily, but not exclusive to individuals who live with developmental disabilities. Today, the band showcases its talents and inspires audiences throughout Washington State. The ensemble band has an annual following of more than 2,500 community supporters. Membership in the ensemble is open to people of all ages and abilities. To join complete and return the Music Program Participant Packet to VCS at 3210 Smokey Point Drive, Suite 200, Arlington, WA or e-mail signed packet to email@example.com.
Upcoming Voices of the Village Performances