Job Club was launched in 2018 for residents of Visionary Home Builders as an essential resource for results-orientated job search activities. The primary function of a Job Club is to provide a group networking opportunity for job seekers. Job Club participants will also receive valuable information on best practices for interviews, resume building, job leads, as well as participation in presentations from staffing agencies. Since the launch of Job Club, VHB participants have been interviewed or hired at the following companies:
The Community Link Digital Literacy Program will help address the needs of tenants in low-income neighborhoods who lack crucial computer skills. Community Link will help residents stay connected to basic community resources during COVID-19 including social services, educational attainment, and employment opportunities through digital literacy. The goal of Community Link is to develop our resident’s ability to use a laptop computer to navigate the web safely, utilize online services, conduct job searches, and communicate through email.
Our program will create digital access sites at seven of our most at-need affordable housing communities. Paired with our Job Club workforce development program, “Community Link” will also be effective in helping tenants who have been laid-off or have suffered a loss of hours due to COVID-19 prepare and transition back into the workforce and create stronger opportunities for securing better jobs.
Since 2018, Visionary has installed six little free libraries in high-need communities located in North and South Stockton. By doing so, we have created new partnerships with various service agencies, schools, and community members that have built and donated little libraries to us. Four out of six installations included a themed community celebration where children and families were invited to enjoy, refreshments, an assortment of new and gently used books, games, literacy activities/information, and raffles prizes.
Through generous donations, we have also collected nearly 400 new and gently used books for children and young readers in English/Spanish that have circulated into our libraries on a monthly basis. Our partner list includes Family Resource and Referral Center, STAND, First 5, Chavez Library, Public Health Advocates, Edison High School, Little Free Library Program Stockton, and Housing Authority of San Joaquin with special visits from SPLASH of the Stockton Ports at little library events. Each library is located in areas where there is little access to a public library and our libraries are accessible to our onsite Head Start facilities and the community at large.
In January 2019 we met with teens from the area and began vision building on what their future teen center would be. Featuring a basketball court, patio, succulent garden, computer cafe, music room, meeting space, gaming, and movie area. With a total of 121 units in the area, Diamond Cove I, Diamond Cove II, and Marquis Place house over 400 families in two, three, and four-bedroom apartments, the opening of the Teen Center at Diamond Cove will provide a creative and safe space that teenagers ages 8th‐12th grade can utilize.
In 2019 VHB in partnership with RUN (Residents United Network) recruited residents at both Santa Fe Townhomes, Westgate Townhomes (VHB sites), and Conway Homes (Housing Authority of San Joaquin site) to be educated on local and statewide housing advocacy issues. By joining RUN, tenants are now exposed to a resident-organizing network designed to engage affordable-home residents and those experiencing a housing need in the decisions that affect the health and stability of their lives and communities.
RUN members are also trained to understand the “Theory of Change”, power mapping, story sharing, how to contact and schedule meetings with local and state officials meeting facilitation, organizational structures, outreach, and leadership development. Which in turn, harnesses people’s power as a political force to influence policy and budget decisions at the state, regional, and local levels.
This program is available at ALL of our communities!
In partnership with the San Joaquin Emergency Food Bank, Visionary hosts monthly farmer’s markets at various VHB locations. Families receive, free fruits and vegetables, participate in live cooking demonstrations and are provided education on the importance of healthy food choices. Families who participate also, receive healthy recipes on how to prepare seasonal produce.
Since the COVID-19 crisis, Visionary has had to close our doors to the public in an effort to practice health and safety precautions including social distancing. Our organization, community managers, including resident services are now solely helping our residents and client base via phone, video/teleconference only, which in turn, affects how we deliver our services. The resident services department delivered a total of 4,566 masks and hand sanitizer kits to 1,400 VHB households. Over 5,000 individuals and families received emergency food services and more than 2,800 households received help with applying to EDD, CalWorks, CalFresh, SNAP, Rental Assistance, and other crucial resources during the pandemic.
This is available at ALL of our communities!