The VHA's RISE & STARS Community Center is open to all VHA subsidized housing residents and offers activities for youth, families, seniors, and people with disabilities.

RISE & STARS Programs for Youth
RISE & STARS Programs for Adults
RISE & STARS Programs for Families

Location
RISE & STARS Community Center
500 Omaha Way, Vancouver, WA
(360) 737-2950

Hours
12:00 (Noon) to 5:00 p.m.


Map
Rise & Stars Community Center Map.pdf

 

RISE & STARS Community Center

PROGRAMS/ACTIVITIES

SmartChoices
SmartChoices provides a range of services for youth and adults. The program assists youth to stay in school, prepare for important educational and career choices, and become self-sufficient adults. For adults, SmartChoices provides skill assessment, connections to education and training, and career and job development.

To learn more about the SmartChoices Adult Program and the Employment Support Group, and how you can participate, contact Lifeskills and Employment Specialist at 360-993-0228 Carol Van Atta.

To learn more about the SmartChoices Youth Program and Young Adult Night, and how you can participate, contact Program Coordinator at 360-993-0213 Michael Smith.

 

RISE & STARS:  PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH

The RISE & STARS Community Center is a hub for exciting activities.  Kids can stop by for a nutritious snack, play pool on our NEW billiard table, get assistance with homework, take advantage of our computer lab or just relax and visit with one of our caring staff members.

The following programs are just part of the many educational and recreational activities offered at the Center.

Homework Help is available every day after school.  Students can work on homework in a supportive setting, with help from the computer lab and dedicated staff members.  Also, students can be challenged and earn great rewards through the Homework Club.  This group meets once per week for educational games and activities that help make learning fun.

Sports and Recreation includes swimming, basketball, open gym games, kickball, tennis and more!  We offer a variety of sports camps, clinics and tournaments where boys and girls can learn new skills as well as develop good sportsmanship.

Indoor Game Room features interesting table games such as pool (on a new table!), foosball, air hockey, bumper pool and ping pong.  Staff is always on hand for instruction, guidance, or to challenge to a game!

Arts and Crafts are regularly available.  A wide variety of media will be presented to inspire creativity.

Clubs, in addition to the Homework Club, meet weekly to provide youth with structured time to explore different subjects with their friends.  Examples include a book club and science club.

Field Trips are announced on the activity board in the game room, as well as posted in the monthly calendar in your Neighbor to Neighbor newsletter.  These trips take us all out to experience something new, like a sporting event, theater production, outdoor hike or trip to the zoo.

Parties and Special Events are a great way to meet new people and have fun at the Community Center.  Most of our events have are family-focused, so bring everyone along and expect to see good food, games and prizes.

Call RISE & STARS at (360) 737-2950 for more information on any of the programs listed.

For students in grades 5-8 the STARS Mentoring Program matches youth with a trained, caring volunteer that will serve as a positive role model.  Call (360) 992-0232 for more information.

 

RISE & STARS PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

The RISE & STARS Community Center offers opportunities for adult residents of VHA public housing to learn new skills, connect with resources, and meet new friends. There are also many opportunities for residents to get involved as volunteers.

Call RISE & STARS at (360) 737-2950 for more information on any of the programs listed below.

Childcare is provided on-site to 22 infants and toddlers enrolled at McCoy center. This is a joint partnership through Learning Avenues Child Care, Early Head Start, and Vancouver Housing Authority. To enroll a child please call East Vancouver Child Care at 694-4411. Childcare is sometimes provided for families attending classes or workshops when arranged in advance.

Moving to Work Support includes information and referrals to assist residents with achieving their Moving to Work goals.

The Computer Lab is available to residents. This service includes Internet access. Classes are available for adults during the day. The lab is also available for students to do homework and research.

Recreation is also important. Game nights and Bingo are scheduled in response to the interest of the residents. Craft classes taught by residents are offered several times a week. Field trips and tickets to plays, lectures and concerts are often available.

RISE & STARS PROGRAMS FOR FAMILIES

Play & Learn. Parents and their 0-5 year-olds are invited to play together and learn about developmentally appropriate play, early brain development, and early literacy.

Family Events in the form of family nights and other activities that bring families together in positive ways and provide resources for safe, fun, and inexpensive ways to spend time together.

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