Keep up on the latest VIP Services News.

Ruth’s Retirement & Kitchen Closing Reminders

After 24+ years, Ruth Shilts, Food Services Supervisor is retiring from VIP Services. We are very grateful for her dedication and hard work, always cheerfully greeting everyone and welcoming them to the cafeteria. Congratulations Ruth on a well-deserved retirement.  We will miss you!! 🎉

With the kitchen permanently closing after May 31, we wanted to share a few reminders for clients, participants, families and caregivers:

  1. Please plan on bringing your own food, utensils, plates, napkins, clothing protectors, condiments and snacks.  
  2. Refrigeration will not available. Ice/cold packs are encouraged to keep lunches cold while being stored in lockers.
  3. For those who can independently use them, VIP does have microwaves available but not microwave safe dishes. Thermos’ are encouraged for those who can’t microwave and need to keep food warm.  
  4. VIP will continue to have a soda machine/bottled water at $.50 per can/bottle.
  5. VIP has 3 water fountains with water bottle filling stations throughout the building.

Our thanks to everyone while we work through the transition of the kitchen closing. 


Kelly Findlay: Featured Speaker at the Walworth County ARC Luncheon

Fontana, Wisconsin – More than 400 guests attended the Walworth County ARC’s Women 2019 Luncheon, “Cheers to 20 Years” at the beautiful Abbey Resort on Saturday, April 13th.  Featured speakers were Alex Voskuil, President of the Walworth County ARC and Kelly Findlay, VIP Services Client. Kelly shared her inspirational life story of overcoming many challenges to lead a life of greater independence. The luncheon raises funds to support the general welfare of people with developmental disabilities and fosters the research and development of programs on their behalf.

Kelly Findlay, VIP Services Client shares her inspirational life story at the Walworth County ARC Luncheon. Pictured with Kelly is Alex Voskuil, President of the ARC.











The Walworth County ARC has played a pivotal role in the life of VIP Services and continues to do so today.  Their generous support has supported pilot programs, including the start-up and development of the volunteer program, initiation of the Self-Determination training and the new county-wide recreation program, Rec Connect open to all people with disabilities. In addition to VIP, the ARC provides scholarships for students entering the special education field along with support and assistance to organizations such as Lakeland School and Walworth County Adult Special Olympics.

History:  In 1970, a dedicated group of parents from the Walworth County ARC initiated a study group to provide a future for their children who were beginning to graduate from Lakeland School and having a hard time finding a place in the community.  VIP Services was founded to serve adults with disabilities in the area of vocational rehabilitation.


Volunteer Recognition – Thank You VIP Volunteers!

A student volunteer from Elkhorn Area High School’s AVID program works with Cliff on an interactive project to increase fine motor skills and have fun!

April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the work that our amazing volunteers do year-round. Volunteers are truly the backbone of VIP; people we need, trust and value. In 2018, volunteers completed more than 1,500 hours of service! 

Who are VIP Volunteers? Our Board members, corporate volunteers, school activity volunteers, community members and VIP Ambassadors.  Check out our volunteers in action – click here!  Thank you VIP Volunteers, we are truly blessed. ❤️



VIP’s 34th Annual Recognition Dinner & Celebration

Almost 200 clients, business representatives, family members and guests recently convened at Evergreen Golf Club to pay tribute to VIP Services outstanding Individual Achievement Honorees for 2018.  The 2018 Client Individual Achievement Honorees celebrated were Jennifer Coon, Heather Helman, Clifford Katzman, Steven Lempart, Cheyanne Michael, Gina Pollock, Briana Scaro, Jason Tieman, and Stephen Weisbrod.  Clients are selected by those that have achieved increased time and/or meaningful associations and connections in more integrated and inclusive settings. The individuals have demonstrated progress in the following areas:

  • Achieved employment in an integrated setting
  • Made a meaningful connection with a community member
  • Explored a community based setting that contributed to significant discovery of a new interest or skill
  • Transitioned services from facility based to community
  • Provided evidence that they are moving toward living a “full life”
  • Made significant progress toward their meaningful, measurable objective and/or
  • Accomplished something no one thought possible.

The 2018 partners honored were Pizza Ranch of Elkhorn – Employer of the Year, CRV Electronics Corporation – Business Partner of the Year and the Elkhorn Rotary Club – Community Partner of the Year.  These partners are key to VIP Services success in providing meaningful work experiences and opportunities both on site and in the community.

In addition, Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director of VIP Services was honored for 25 years of dedicated and outstanding service to the agency.  Decorations for the event were generously donated by Wishing Well Florist of Elkhorn.

2018 Individual Achievement Award Recipients First row: Jennifer Coon, Clifford Katzman, Cheyanne Michael and Briana Scaro Second row: Heather Helman, Stephen Weisbrod and Jason Tieman

Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director of VIP Services was honored for 25 years of dedicated service to the agency by Ed Scaro, Board President.

2018 Business Partner of the Year – The great crew from CRV Electronics Corporation along with Rob Likes of VIP, Ed Scaro and Cindy Simonsen.

Elkhorn Rotary Club – 2018 Community Partner of the Year First row: Chris Aune, Dawn Heath, Bryan Iwicki and Bill Campbell of the Elkhorn Rotary Club Second row: Ed Scaro and Cindy Simonsen




May 2019 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in May?  For the PDF version: May 2019 Lunch Calendar


VIP’s Bowl-a-thon: Event Recap

On Saturday, March 2nd more than 100 bowlers participated in the VIP Services’ 11th Annual Bowl-a-thon at Delavan Lanes presented by Casey’s General Store.  It was a wonderful success raising more than $16,000 to support programs and services.

Check out these fabulous event photos – click here! 

Team totals and pictures to be posted…stay tuned!  








VIP Bowl-a-thon 2019 Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Casey’s General Stores

Strike Sponsor
The Weber Boys

Spare Sponsors
House Check – Peggy & Michael Bentley
Integra, Inc. – Monroe & Deena Putnam
Bob & Missy Putnam

Team Sponsors
Advia Credit Union
Annie Frame’s Family (Neill & Pam Frame)
Kathi & Mike George
Greenbriar Canine Academy – Cindy Simonsen
Haase-Lockwood & Associates Funeral Homes
Prop Shaft Supply Inc.

Lane Sponsors
Avidity Science
Michael & Peggy Bentley – House Check
Big Foot Storage
Ron & Ann Deschner
Fontana Family Dentistry, LLC
Heckel Tool & Manufacturing Corporation
Madison Street Subs
Donna & Tom Neshek Family Foundation
Oak Leaf Capital Partners – Chris Reed
Steven Pils
Bob & Missy Putnam
Bill & Margaret Ring
Robertson Ryan & Associates, Inc. – office of Jeff & Nancy Parrish
Royal Basket Trucks
Southern Lakes Credit Union
State Farm – office of Chuck Palma
Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly
Voskuil Adult Family Home
Walworth County ARC
Youngquist & Kennedy Orthodontics

General Sponsors
Engine Design Machine
Jim & Christine Lovell
McCullough’s Prescriptions & Gifts
Joel & Sue Stokes-Nelson
Pete’s Porting Service





Rec Connect in the news! Making Social Connections

Check it out!  VIP Services’ Rec Connect program is featured in the Southern Lakes Newspapers’ Life Style section.  This new program strives to find fun and engaging opportunities throughout the greater community that people of all abilities can take part in.  Rec Connect welcomes participation by individuals with disabilities throughout Walworth County.  Our thanks to Heather Ruenz, of Southern Lakes Newspapers and Editor of the Elkhorn Independent for sharing more about this great program.

Rec Connect LIFE 1.31.19


Finding Workforce Solutions: Community Breakfast & Forum

Finding Workforce Solutions by Employing People with Disabilities:

A Community Forum and Breakfast

VIP Services, Inc., in partnership with the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, will host a complimentary breakfast event for employers and other community members at the Matheson Memorial Library on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

At the event, area employers who are interested in learning how to leverage local resources to meet their workforce needs and diversify their businesses will hear from other local business who have had positive experiences employing people with disabilities. Employers will learn how partnering with VIP Services, Inc to include the talents of people with disabilities can benefit their workplace. Participants will have an opportunity to network and learn while talking with VIP Services staff and people with disabilities about their own hiring needs.

This event is part of a two-year statewide initiative called Partners with Business that was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature in the spring of 2018 to build capacity with businesses to hire and support workers with disabilities.  There is no cost to register and includes a complimentary breakfast.  To RSVP for the event, visit or for more information, contact Kim Brady at or (262)723-4043 ext.136.


VIP Voice Newsletter

Join the fun!  Check out the latest edition of the VIP Voice Summer 2018 Newsletter.


October 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in October?  Or, click here for the PDF.