VIP Awarded Green Bay Packers Foundation “Building Full Lives in the Community” Grant

Anthony Lugiai and Sean Gribben, VIP Clients with Mark Murphy, President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers

Dana Kelnhofer, VIP Services Program Director with Anthony and Sean

The Green Bay Packers Foundation has recently awarded a 2017 grant to VIP Services, Inc. in support of the “Building Full Lives in the Community Project.”  VIP Services, one of two organizations in Walworth County to receive a grant, serves more than 300 people with disabilities each year.

The “Building Full Lives in the Community Project” supports VIP Services’ work with the new federal regulations, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, requiring adults with disabilities to have a choice to receive services in community-based ‘non-disability specific’ settings. The new regulations affect all people currently in the Pre-Vocational Training Program and the Day Services Program as well as all people with disabilities state and nation-wide.

VIP Services has been committed to developing strategies that expose people with disabilities to new and different things which help establish a basis for greater community inclusion.  The goal of “Building Full Lives in the Community Project” is to help individuals discover their diverse interests and abilities, participate in integrated activities to explore community opportunities that can reduce isolation as well as lead to meaningful employment.

The “Building Full Lives Project” is an umbrella of services which includes two self-created programs, “Community Connections” and “Accelerated Community Employment Services” (ACES). The project seeks to increase the number of adults with disabilities that we serve at VIP Services to successfully:

  1. Secure community employment and/or,
  2. Make a meaningful sustainable social connection with their community, and/or
  3. Transition services from facility based to community based.

The long term goal of the project is to successfully transition people from facility based programming to community based supports which may be paid or volunteered.  This project will decrease dependence on Wisconsin’s long-term care system.  The project is measured by the number of people successfully receiving services in the community. There are potentially 150 adults with disabilities in Walworth County over the next two years that could benefit from the project.

Overall, the Green Bay Packers Foundation awarded $800,000 to 213 civic and charitable groups throughout the state of Wisconsin in its 2017 distribution of grants. Jerry Ganoni, chairperson of the Foundation, made the announcement. The total amounted donated is tied for the Foundation’s donation record.  The groups were guests at a luncheon in the Lambeau Field Atrium, an event that welcomed all the recipients and honored the outstanding efforts and services performed by each of the organizations.

“We’re proud to recognize these outstanding recipient organizations, who are all doing incredible work in our communities,” Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said at the event. “As a community-owned team, we are inspired by the efforts of these organizations and the positive impact they have on those that they serve.”

The 2017 grant cycle focuses on organizations that will direct the funds toward the need areas of elderly, homelessness, human services and hunger. For more information about the how the grant will impact VIP Services or to learn more about it, contact Dana Kelnhofer, Program Director at VIP Services at 262-723-4043 ext. 130 or