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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.