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Victor Will Continue the 95 Year Legacy of Rosemary Children's Services

Posted by Victor Staff on December, 10, 2018

Starting in 2015, a mutually beneficial relationship began between Victor and Rosemary Children's Services. Victor leadership saw Rosemary as an organization with a similar heart and mission, and an incredibly rich history of service in the LA County area. We are honored to say that on Nov. 1st of this year, Rosemary Children's Services is now Victor Treatment Centers. We have spent the last few years aligning our mission, clarifying our roles, and readying ourselves for this change. The leadership at Victor was committed to honoring the legacy of Rosemary and their 95 year history in LA County. Let's take a look at some highlights from that long history of service.

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Topics: News

A Look at the Past 50 Years

Posted by Victor Staff on November, 02, 2018

Celebrating an organization’s birthday is a very special occasion. It’s even more special when the organization hits the big 5-0. Victor hit its big 5-0 this year- so this fall, everyone agency wide celebrated Victor's 50th birthday!

It’s incredible to think that for the past 50 years Victor has stood beside thousands of families, giving them hope that their children, as well as themselves, could succeed in life. All of this is possible because a 10-year-old turned his fear and pain into a mission that would inspire so many to either work with us or help volunteer.

As with any big celebration, you usually take time to reflect on how far you've come, so let’s take a trip down Victor’s memory lane!

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Topics: About Victor

Walk Out of Darkness

Posted by Victor Staff on October, 17, 2018

Victor Walks to Support Suicide Prevention

September was Suicide Prevention Month and Victor Community Support Services (VCSS) Stockton got involved! The Cultural Awareness and Community Outreach Workgroup organized a team of volunteers to walk in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Walk Out of Darkness on September 29th at the State Capital, a community walk. The walk occurred throughout the country during different days in the month of September to bring awareness to the epidemic of suicide and raise donations to fund programs and research for suicide prevention in a variety of different populations.

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Topics: community outreach

Veteran Suicide Crisis: Serving Those Who Served Our Country

Posted by Victor Staff on September, 21, 2018

In a recent article, NBC reported that veterans are twice as likely as civilians to commit suicide. This was based on the most recent report by the Department of Veterans Affairs. That's an alarming statistic that translates to about 20 veterans dying by suicide every single day. Victor Community Support Services has been an engaged county partner in training and suicide prevention events for years. In collaboration with other support services in our communities we do our best to support veterans in need of help. Too often however, we don't get to meet them until they've reached a point of crisis. 

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Topics: family services, community outreach

A Mother's Appreciation for Wraparound Services

Posted by Victor Staff on September, 12, 2018

Wraparound services helps families heal from trauma. In many cases those people have been in abusive situations for so long, that it has become normalized. It's a huge challenge to help them identify what's acceptable and what's not, to define their rules and boundaries. Parents need lot's of support through this process. Being a parent is a challenge on it's own, but recovering from abuse while raising children who have also suffered is extremely difficult.

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Topics: family services

VCSS Redding Lives Victor's Mission During Devastating Fires

Posted by Victor Staff on August, 24, 2018

As fire season rages on in California more homes are lost and in some cases, lives are lost. It's a challenging time, with continued hot weather and no rain in the forecast. But amid the devastation and skies darkened by smoke, there are bright spots of hope if you look close enough. VCSS Redding has reacted to the the Carr Fire in Shasta County with exemplary poise and true character. They have become a integral part of the community in Shasta County and when the chips were down, they did not disappoint. To put this in perspective, let's take a quick look at the situation that they were up against.

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Topics: Staff Stories

Victor Clients Record their own CD!

Posted by Victor Staff on August, 08, 2018

Jon Fournier has been in the mental health industry for about seven years, but prior to that he had aspirations to become an audio production engineer. He worked for several years pursuing that dream and learning the skills and thought it might become his career.  But with changing technology and the ease of self-producing, audio engineering became relegated to more of a hobby. Jon changed directions and went back to school to pursue a degree in psychology from Chico State, and then went on to the Wright Institute in Berkeley to complete their program in counseling psychology.

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Topics: Staff Stories

Mike Hernandez Inspires Coworkers: "You Get What You Give."

Posted by Victor Staff on July, 20, 2018

Where do you find inspiration? Your church, friends, family? What inspires you when you have a tough week and need encouragement? For Mike Hernandez, he has found that "You get what you give." Offering encouragement and inspiration to his friends and coworkers helps Mike to stay positive and motivated.

The first Thursday of every month, Mike sends out an encouraging text to his friends and coworkers. This is a tradition he started last year and has stuck with. Mike likes encouragement, words of affirmation are his love language. He paraphrased a quote he likes from Zig Ziglar saying, "When you encourage others, you are also encouraged in the process, because you are making a commitment and a difference in that person's life. I try to give out what I want to get."

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Topics: Staff Stories

Adjusting to Civilian Life in Barstow, CA

Posted by Victor Staff on July, 13, 2018

After multiple deployments to Iraq, a Soldier was coming home for good, but after living in a war zone that's easier said than done. Every time he returned  home from deployment in the past, he felt like a piece of him was missing. This time was no different. He didn't feel like the same Soldier, the same Man he once was.  Emotionally he didn't feel the same, and physically he was different as well. 

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Topics: family services

Victor Success Stories: Family Reunification

Posted by Victor Staff on June, 29, 2018

Family reunification is a long and difficult process however, when we can achieve it for our clients it is one of the most emotional and rewarding experiences imaginable. For a parent who has lost touch with their own child, there is no greater joy than being reunited and having the opportunity to establish a meaningful family bond.

At Victor, we work hard to find solutions that keep children from staying in the foster system for longer than they need to. For the over 400,000 children in foster care nationwide, the average time spent in the system is between 12 and 20 months. That's a long time for a child to be away from their parents, so we focus on providing structure and counseling right from the start. Our goal is to build a good foundation underneath kids that may feel brushed aside.

This particular story comes from our site in Stockton, CA. where the mother had struggled with addiction, mental health problems, and other medical issues. Through Victor's Katie-A program this parent worked closely with her daughter's treatment team to establish healthy boundaries and reconnect with her daughter.

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Topics: family services

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