Victory Village was started in the Fall of 2011 in Volcano, Ca by Jason Mulford, a United States Marine Corps Veteran and his wife, Nichole, after they lost their home to foreclosure.
“Our duty is to serve those who have served our great nation. We facilitate Veterans Services for our service members, veterans, and families by streamlining access to Veterans Housing, Education, Life Skills and Physical Wellness services. In support of our Military and Families, we are bridging the gap from military service to civilian life.”
Victory Village is in its sixth year of serving veterans in the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains of California. In this time, we have served over 400 veteran families.
VV’s experience, well established networks, proven methodologies of service delivery, knowledge of effective community resource leverage, and collaboration with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, provides our veteran clients the most comprehensive slate of individualized supportive services possible.
The PIT Count, in green, represents the number of identified homeless veterans in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Mariposa Counties. The number served in blue represents the number of homeless veterans Victory Village has served. The grant has enabled us to increase our housing services to veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The grant does not provide monetary support for our Transitional Living Program; the veterans who live there or staff to run it.
As a result of V V’s deep connection to the communities we serve, we will be able to deliver a case management based program that is successful for our veterans in California’s Central Sierra Nevada Mountain range. V V holds informational meetings with Grant and Per Diem providers, HCHV contractors, and the Homeless Programs team with the VA Northern California, Palo Alto, Reno and Fresno Health Care Systems. V V plays a vital role for veterans in the areas we serve. V V has a centralized structure site and represents V V in a number of local meetings and committees with the goal of understanding the unique needs of the area we serve. Amador is largely a rural center and works with local agencies that also come from that perspective.
V V’s collaboration with the California Veterans Legal Task Force, VA Justice Outreach Program, Amador County Agencies; has helped to establish an alternative Veterans Treatment Court in Amador County. Five veterans have been adjudicated to our program and all have successfully completed their adjudicated programs facilitated by Victory Village’s Veteran’s center.
By utilizing our current case management structure of evaluation and assessment of all life domain areas, V V staff creates an individualized service plan (ISP) collaboratively with each veteran. The ISP identifies barriers and strategies to mitigate each barrier, with the ultimate goal of independent and permanently housed living. V V has developed the connections locally to address unmet needs in all life domain areas. By dividing needs into life domain areas and connectivity to the community, V V can quickly match the veteran with the needed local services.
Additionally, Victory Village hosts the ACT Collaborative which rotates meetings in Amador, Tuolumne, and El Dorado Counties. The Collaborative is an open forum promoting the exchange of information and resources for the care of our military, veterans, and families. Interested service providers, veteran organizations and community programs that provide support for active duty military, veterans, wounded warriors and military families are encouraged to attend. The ACT Veterans Collaborative includes Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties. The meeting provided networking and an information program to facilitate our working together.