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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 danakelnhofer@vipservices-inc.org.

 

 

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January 2018 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in January?  Check it out or go to a PDF version – click here! 

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December 2017 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in December?  Or click here for a PDF version of the menu!

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Stir It Up 2017 – A Wonderful Success!

WOW and THANK YOU to everyone for your generous support as sponsors, ticket sellers, attendees and volunteers at Stir It Up! A charitable fundraiser on Sunday, November 5. For event photos: https://www.flickr.com/…/134064841…/albums/72157662471126878.

We welcomed a record-breaking 700 attendees and raised about $40,000 through ticket sales, sponsorships, raffles and other donations. Three high schools, Elkhorn Area High School, Big Foot High School Music and Westosha Central High School Choirs provided fantastic entertainment while guests enjoyed delicious and hearty samples from 18 top area restaurants. For a complete list and menus: www.stiritupwalco.com.

Thank you again…what a truly awesome event. Be sure to mark your calendar for Stir It Up 2018 – Sunday, November 4!

Stir It Up breaks record

 

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November 2017 – Lunch Calendar

Check out what’s for lunch at VIP in November – or click here for the PDF version.  Bon Appétit!  

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Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) Program Recognized

Carol Deyaert from VIP’s Ram Crew is pictured with Lt. Gov. Kleefish accepting the award.

MADISON (WKOW) — A group of Wisconsin Department of Transportation workers were honored on Wednesday at the State Capitol for their dedication and service to the community. Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch recognized the 30-year Anniversary of the Rest Area Maintenance Program.  Watch it on line – click here!

“We know that you guys do exactly what needs to be done every day to make sure that everyone’s safe,” said Kleefisch. “And that our rest areas are beautiful and that everyone has a really nice time and fond memories of our great state of Wisconsin, so thanks guys.”

The “RAM” program offers jobs to workers with disabilities to help them earn a paycheck and live independently.

17 million people stop at rest areas around Wisconsin every year. A recent survey revealed more than 95% of people reported cleanliness of restrooms as excellent or good.

The VIP Services Rest Area Maintenance (RAM) program provides facility maintenance for state-owned rest areas in Walworth and Rock County, as well as a Safety Weight Enforcement Facility in Dane County. VIP’s RAM crews also maintain the Genoa City Park and Ride site and the state welcome sign.  Congratulations RAM Crew!

 

 

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Volunteers Step in for Weeks of Caring

During Aurora Health Care’s Weeks of Caring campaign, VIP Services, Inc. clients, (seated, from the left), Travis Pederson, Kelly Findlay, Stephen Weisbrod and Martin Ingram, play Bingo Sept. 25 with volunteers (not in order) Marquette Baylor, Erica Ward, Dawn Greeson, Dawn Hixton and Denise Dobersztyn. Amy Rademaker (not pictured) also volunteered at VIP. (Heather Ruenz photo)

For the complete story go to My Walworth County – Southern Lakes News – click here!

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October 2017 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch at VIP in October?  Check it out – click here!

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September 2017 – Lunch Calendar

What’s for lunch in September?  Check out the menu!  PDF version:  September 2017 Lunch Calendar.

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VIP Voice Newsletter – Summer 2017

Hear ye, hear ye! Check out our latest edition of the VIP Voice!  VIP Services – Summer 2017 Newsletter

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