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Our History

  • 1964 – A need in the area was recognized and the Children’s Christmas Benevolence Program, providing Christmas gifts and meals to families in need, was established.
  • 1960’s and 1970’s – Green Valley Assistance Services was the social service branch of the Green Valley Community Fund, currently known as The Greater Green Valley Community Foundation.   Edythe Taylor, leader and social worker of Green Valley Assistance Services, began visiting people in their homes, offering them social service assistance.
  • 1979 – Green Valley Assistance Services started helping persons in the area with utility or housing emergencies.
  • 1981 - Green Valley Assistance Services, Inc. was incorporated as an independent agency.
  • 1984 – Green Valley Assistance Services, Inc. began A Good Neighbor Aide Program, a program that provided trained home and personal care, at an affordable cost, to clients in their homes. Additionally, the first services offering employment opportunities, which has developed into today’s Workforce Training Program, began to be offered.
  • 1986 – Green Valley Assistance Services Inc. coordinated the Green Valley Transportation Committee, a centralized transportation service for local seniors and disabled persons.
  • 2010 - To reflect its growing service area and growing number of programs, the name of the organization was changed to Green Valley Assistance Services, Inc. dba Valley Assistance Services (VAS).
  • 2011- Valley Assistance Services launched its first community health program, SHiM® (a fall prevention program).
  • 2013 – Valley Assistance Services increased the number of Registered Nurses begin RN –led programs
  • 2014 - Dorn Homes donated VAS’s current office building to VAS, which allowed VAS to house all of the agency’s programs under one roof for the first time.
  • 2017- A second, satellite office was opened in Santa Cruz County. Currently, VAS’s second office is located in Tubac.
  • 2021- The fortieth anniversary of its incorporation, VAS began a Capital Campaign to renovate and expand office space in its building.

Dorn Homes

Dorn Homes

VAS Has Home, Thanks to Dorn Homes.  David and Ellen Grounds, owners of Dorn Homes, have provided a permanent home for Valley Assistance Services (VAS), a local private non-profit that serves the rural communities of Green Valley, Sahuarita, Amado, Arivaca, Tubac and Tumacacori. For over forty years, VAS has been your helping hand forward for seniors and families through programs that build resilience, self-sufficiency, independence and an improved quality of life—all supported by generous donors in our communities.  

The Ground’s donation of the 4,341 square foot office building located at 3950 S. Camino del Heroe in the Springs community, just inside the south belltower at Santa Rita Springs (Green Valley) will now house the staff and volunteers who work at VAS.

Dorn Homes began building homes and developing neighborhoods in Green Valley in 1991. Together with Michael and Linda Dorn, David and Ellen Grounds, Dorn Homes became the #1 selling builder in Green Valley and Sahuarita. The Grounds became sole owners in 1999. Over the years the Company has developed over 20 local communities and built thousands of new homes. The Grounds and Dorns donated the land for both the Green Valley Food Bank and Fire Station on Continental Road at Abrego, and have been active contributors to numerous local charities over the past 23 years. The Board Room at our new office will have these words displayed on the wall: “Developing Dreams, Building Futures and Paying It Forward”, continuing the visions made by the Dorn and Grounds Families.

Dorn Homes is actively building homes in Green Valley, Sahuarita, Tubac, and partners with Fairfield Homes in building Solterra and Canoa Ranch. During the recession, Dorn branched into Northern Arizona and is now the largest new home builder in Prescott, Sedona and Prescott Valley.

One of the largest new home builders in Arizona, Dorn Homes is passionate about people and places. “David’s most generous gift to VAS exemplifies his vision to create strong, healthy communities. We are so very grateful and honored that Dorn Homes provided this gift to VAS,” said Chris Kang, Executive Director of VAS. “This donation will allow us to help people live independently and live healthy by creating safe and secure pathways for the future, in home RN medical assistance and advancing safety within the home,” said Rick Dawes, President VAS Board of Directors.

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