VCS Success Story

November 19, 2019

El Centro

Watch VCS Veteran, Cristina Alvarado personal success story video here

Moving Day for VCS! New location!

October 18, 2019

San Diego

Come meet with us at our new location at 4025 Camino Del Rio South, Suite 205, San Diego, CA 92108.

It's Official! VCS -3yr. CARF Accreditation

July 5, 2019

San Diego & Imperial Valley

Veterans Community Services (VCS), a division of Community Catalysts of California (CCC) has been awarded the maximum three year accreditation from CARF in the following area: Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention Program!

Click here for more information!

Veterans Community Services & San Diego Collaborative awarded HEAP funds

June 10, 2019

VCS participated in a collaborative application for CA State funds through the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) that former Governor Brown established to impact homelessness in California. VCS applied for funds with a collaborative of agencies in San Diego through an application process established by San Diego Continuum of Care (CoC). The collaborative was awarded funds and VCS will serve veterans at risk of homelessness that meet specific eligibility criteria. We are excited about this new funding source and opportunity to serve our veteran community and help prevent future homelessness for those that we serve!

Press Release-CCC names new CEO

April 2, 2019

Today Community Catalysts of California announced the appointment of Wendy Forkas as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective May 1, 2019.

Ms. Forkas rejoins CCC after acting in executive capacities with other organizations serving individuals with special needs.  While employed with CCC from 1994 to 2009, Ms. Forkas was responsible for creating and operating programs in Northern California and eventually acting as the Chief Operating Officer for the corporation.  Her work as an advocate for clients and their families includes serving on the Board of Directors of California Disability Service Association and the California Disabilities Services Institute.

“I am excited to be rejoining this amazing organization. While I will “sincerely” miss the Clients, Staff, Executive Team and the Board of Partnerships With Industry, I am confident of their continued success. I hope to bring all that I have learned back to CCC.”   Wendy Forkas

Community Catalysts of California is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), charitable organization that provides vocational counseling, job placement, community-living skills training, residential support, in-home respite care, crisis intervention, rapid re-housing, and other services to individuals and their families throughout California.  Various private, federal, state, and local agencies as well as generous donors in the community support us.  We have successfully provided services for over thirty years with the fundamental goal of empowering individuals and their families to live and work successfully in their communities and to reach their highest level of self-sufficiency and independence.  For more information about Community Catalysts, please visit our website, or call 858-292-2020.


Community Catalysts of California Board of Directors:

  • Jim Jenkins, Executive Chair
  • James Wheeler, Vice Chair
  • Roberta Raasveld, Treasurer
  • David Kuhlman, Esq., Secretary
  • Jarrod Hammes, Director
  • Zeyad Moussa, Director
  • Greg Murphy, Director
  • Carey Storm, Director
  • Melissah Walker, Director

Veterans Village San Diego 2019 Annual Stand Down

June 28th-30th, 2019

San Diego High School (Upper Athletic Field)

The annual three-day event coordinated by VVSD, begins Friday, June 28, 2019, and will help homeless Veterans with a wide variety of services, including legal, health, clothing, housing solutions, employment, and more.

We hope to see you there!

VCS awarded Homeless Veterans'Reintegration Grant

July 1, 2017

San Diego County

VCS was awarded the Department of Labor Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) effective July 1, 2017.  The purpose of HVRP is to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective delivery service systems to address many of the challenges that our homeless veterans are facing.