To enhance the lives of our clients through advocacy, empowerment and support.
Community Catalysts California began its existence as an outgrowth of the Escondido Special Education Department. Its first Executive Director was a professor at San Diego State University. In its early years San Diego State University and the Escondido School System provided an unpaid Research and Development department. A group of concerned parents and individuals representing the schools wanted to talk and plan for the future of students graduating from their programs. The North County Career Development Program (later to become Client Development Programs: CDP and then Community Catalysts of California in 2001) was incorporated as a nonprofit company in July of 1983 and its original purpose was to help individuals exiting from high school programs find meaningful work. Since then we have grown to serve communities throughout California. Our primary sources of funding have been from the Regional Centers for people with disabilities, to provide independent, supported living, day program, transportation, and crisis programs and the State Department of Rehabilitation to provide vocational programs. In 2011, we began receiving funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide services to Veteran families who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless. In the fall of 1989, Career Development became the first exclusively community-based program in California to be nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (C.A.R.F.). A few highlights within our organizational development after 1983 include:
|1989||Service expansion into Fresno and Merced counties with Employment and Independent Living Services.|
|1994||Service expansion into Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. The establishment of Supported Living, Independent Living, and the Rapid Emergency Services Team (R.E.S.T.). Concurrently, the development of a Drop-in Day Center in Merced, CA for individuals with Mental Health diagnosis.|
|1996||Development of our Individualized Transportation Program Services (TRIPS).|
|1998||Development of our first Crisis Residential Facility named the Longview House in Stockton, CA.|
|1999||Service expansion into Santa Clara, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties with Independent Living Services. Service expansion into Coalinga, CA with a community based day Program. Broadened types of employment services offered in Central and Southern California to include External Situational Services.|
|2001||Service expansion into Lake and Mendocino counties. Moved and renamed the Longview House in Stockton, CA to the HYDE House. Development of community based Social and Recreational Program Services in Fresno and Merced counties.|
|2004||Service expansion into Contra Costa and Alameda counties with Supported Living services.|
|2006||Development of PLUM House, our second Adult Residential Facility in Ukiah, CA.|
|2008||Development of PACE House, our third step-away Adult Residential Facility in Stockton, CA. Development of Coffee Creations Cart a client managed micro-business enterprise in San Diego.|
|2009||Service expansion into Sacramento county with a crisis Adult Residential Facility in Elk Grove, CA. Developed first Supported Living Residential Home in Visalia, CA named Encina House.|
|2010||Established our first military initiative and began our Veterans Community Services Division with a grant from SAMHSA, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services providing intensive behavioral case management services for Veterans.|
|2011||Secured grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs to provide Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program under our Veterans Community Services Division.|
|2015||Secured a second grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs to expand our SSVF Program to six locations serving 750 Veteran families in San Diego, Imperial Valley and Riverside counties.|
We remain committed to independence and respect for all individuals in our society. The Board of Directors and staff of Community Catalysts California continue to work toward providing a quality service in the most effective and efficient manner possible with optimism for the future of the company. We are always looking for new ways to help people!
The management and staff of Community Catalysts California share the responsibility for service quality. Our service model is designed to ensure that all procedures meet established regulatory requirements. The goal of our Quality Assurance Program is to ensure high quality client services. Thus, we continually seek our stakeholder’s feedback and use the data collected to make rational, confident, cost-effective decisions that are focused on the best interest of our clients. Our overall goal is to provide services which enhance their quality of life.
Additionally, we recognize the importance of meeting internationally recognized standards of best business practices. We accomplish this by having all our vocational services and Veterans Community Services accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF is a private, non-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services. Community Catalysts California’s Vocational and Veterans Community Services programs throughout the state have been CARF-accredited.
Client Advisory Committee
Client Advisory Committees are groups which assure clients have a voice in decisions being made within the organization as well as are able to actively participate in educational and social events in their communities. Community Catalysts California receives NO funding for this program. Many of the people who support and provide assistance to the clients through this program are employees who donate their personal time. During the year clients may participate in variety activities along with volunteers, family and/or friends.
Expected Client Outcomes:
- Increased self-advocacy skills
- Increased educational activities with peers in community
- Increased socialization with peers in community
- Increases involvement in organizing and attending activities in the community
- Participation in Community Catalysts California by providing feedback to Board on services being provided or needed