Community Enhancement Services (CES) is a non-profit community based organization, which serves the residents of the Los Angeles County. The mission of the organization is: to enhance the community's standards through provision of community services, education, training, employment and related services.
Since 1980 CES staff has been involved in the provision of the human services to the residents of the Beverly Fairfax, West Hollywood and Hollywood areas as the Fairfax Division of the United Community and Housing Development Corporation (UCHDC).
Many meaningful and successful projects were implemented from its facility in the Farmers Market, the heart of the community activities in the area. These programs include such community development projects as Vitalize Fairfax, job training programs funded through JTPA, anthropological study of Fairfax (joint venture with the USC), Vocational English-As-A-Second Language (VESL) classes for the immigrants and specialized training for the Foreign Medical Graduates (FMG).
In 1992 UCHDC made a decision to concentrate on housing development and asked the Fairfax Division (which later became CES) to administer most of its social services programs. Currently CES is an independent agency directly funded by various government funding sources.
CES provides services to the residents of 165 zip code areas and maintains offices in Van Nuys and Burbank as well as satellite offices listed under "Locations and Hours."
Immigrant and Refugee Assistance Division:
Naturalization Assistance Program. In accordance with its mission, immigrant services play a very important role in CES activities. CES continues to serve substantial and diverse immigrant population residing in its service area through naturalization assistance program, which includes assessment of client's eligibility for naturalization, application preparation, photographs, representation, translation and supportive services. The program received funding through the grant awarded by the Emma Lazarus Foundation and other public and private sources.
Refugee Employment Program. Funded by the County of Los Angeles, the program provides training, job placement and supportive services to the refugees referred by the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS). The refugees are assisted by highly-qualified bilingual case managers. Case management services included vocational and needs assessment; tracing and evaluating the participants attendance and progress in academic and work-related activities; identifying and referring participants to supportive services and community resources; follow though and follow-up; providing counseling services to the participants; referring the participant for work activities, and assisting in accessing community resources and resolving problems; maintaining required documentation and filing system; and other related activities.
Calfresh Outreach and Application Assistance Program provides CalFresh outreach, information, application assistance and follow-up services to potentially eligible household residing in Los Angeles County. All applications are subject to review and approval by the County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).
CES COLLEGE (Adult Education Division):
The CES COLLEGE’s mission is "offer education opportunities to address the unique needs of individuals and communities served by CES by providing adults with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment, skill upgrades, career changes and/or advanced education.” CES COLLEGE strives to provide quality education through creating a learning environment, which facilitates measurable skills acquisition and attainment of individual goals.
CES COLLEGE offers the following educational programs:
Vocational Nursing (VN)
Office Administration (OA)
Medical Assistant (MA)
Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL)
Advanced Vocational English as a Second Language (AVESL)
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)
CES College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE), a national accrediting agency, and by the Western Association for Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Schools (WASC ACS), a regional accrediting agency. CES College Vocational Nursing program is accredited by the California Board for Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT). CES College is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. CES College is approved by the US Department of Education to offer financial aid to those who qualify. CES COLLEGE is authorized to accept non-immigrant international students under F-1 visa. CES College has been providing education and training services since 1995.
CES is headed by Mr. Zigmund Vays who served as the Director of the UCHDCs Fairfax Division and then founded Community Enhancement Services (CES). Currently he serves as the agency's President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). His service to the community has been recognized by many elected officials including Governors Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian, Congressman Matthew G. Martinez, California State Senate (Resolution #108 of 01/04/91), Speaker of the Assembly Willie L. Brown, Jr., State Senators David Roberti, Herschel Rosenthal, Art Torres, Richard Polanco, Assemblymembers Dario Frommer, Felipe Fuentes, County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Michael D. Antonovich, Los Angeles City Council members Richard Alarcon, Paul Koretz, Tony Cardenas, City Council of Los Angeles, City Council of West Hollywood, US Department of Energy, California Department of Community Services and Development, Open Society Institute, Southern California Forum for Energy Efficiency, Environmental & Human Service Programs and others. Zigmund Vays was the first Russian immigrant to serve in an appointed position as the Human Service Commissioner to the city of West Hollywood.
CES employs multi-ethnic, multi-lingual staff, which possesses cultural awareness and sensitivity required to efficiently assist the diverse population of its service region. The organization received recognition and support from the local residents and the elected officials, which represent the area.