Jerry Vaughn Community Programs

All of our Jerry Vaughn Community Programs (dads) are community-based and community-led and intentionally established to reach cash poor families in Black and Brown neighborhoods. Our programming is rooted in movements that build the community's power to transform the fragmentation, displacement, and loss of culture that result from histories of exploitation, genocide, and colonialism. We commune and create in ways that amplify the narratives of communities of color, cultivate solidarity in Monterey County, and center self-exploration and cultural expression.



Who was Jerry Vaughn?


Jerry David Vaughn is FoCMC's co-founder, Adisa Vaughn's father. He was born on July 3, 1949 to Arthur David Vaughn and Cora Mae Salvant in Bakersfield, Ca. He was the last of three from their union. In 1961, his mother and his siblings moved to Seaside on Hamilton St. He was baptized at Ocean View Church and attended Fremont Junior High then Seaside High, where in 1967 he was part of the thi rd graduating class of the newly built high school. At Seaside High, he was a standout basketball player. "Yo' daddy had game, brotha! That's where you and your brothers got yo' game from!" long-time friend, Jody Gulley explained. After high school, Jerry attended MPC where his basketball skills got him co-MVP in '68-'69. While at MPC, he and his two best friends started a organization called UJIMA, focused on Seaside youth and creating opportunities for them to attend pro-sporting events. After MPC he went on to attend Santa Clara University and eventually, graduated from Chico State with a Bachelor's in Business. In 1977 he became a father for the first time to Adisa Khary Vaughn with his partner-for-life, Virginia House. Near the end of '77 he moved to Sacramento and started working for the state in the Alcohol & Drug Department. In 1983, he had another son, Arthur David Vaughn with his wife at the time, Vicki Able-Rhodes and in 1995 his son, David Matthew Vaughn was born. In the early 2000s, Jerry retired from the state. He had put in over twenty years of service. In 2007, he became a grandfather for the first time. In 2010, 2013, and 2015 three more grandchildren joined his family. On January 20, 2017 Jerry was laid to rest.

Jerry Vaughn Community Programs

A new group for dads has formed on the Monterey Peninsula, and it’s gaining momentum as a social and support organization.
— Tom Leyde, Monterey Herald


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