Victory In Praise is a 501c3 organization that has served in the community of Stockton for 25 years. The VIP Community Development Center (CDC) is typically open six days per week. The services provided to the greater Stockton community, through VIP CDC includes a men's support group, senior enrichment programs, walk-in counseling services, support for nursing mothers, cultural dance classes (Ballet Folklorico, Hip Hop, Mime), STEM classes, and ongoing leadership and job preparedness training, and youth/children services. The CDC has a dance studio, community theater, gym, and large community kitchen where meals are prepared in support of the programs and classes held. On Sundays, healthy snacks, refreshments and supplemental breakfast is served to youth ages 3 through 18 as well as adults that are in need.
The CDC has a clothing 'closet' where community can supplement their ability to provide clothes for school children and for adults seeking to supplement their work or interview attire, the community theater helps with healthy expression of feelings, and the full gym provides exercise training and classes. Through the CDC, food boxes are provided to the community that typically include fruits, vegetables, rice, beans, hot and cold cereal, juice, gatorade, snack bars, and other items that vary with each delivery, based on available funding and or donations received.
Our location (southeast) in Stockton makes us easily accessible to under-served communities. We predominantly serve communities of color, seniors that consistently struggle with resources, and youth and returning citizens that struggle to keep consistent employment. A good number of the community we serve are also those with minimum or low wage jobs; which makes the services we provide a necessity for their families.