Federal Rule Change to Hurt Wisconsin’s Workers With Disabilities & Their Families

The Maciver Institute is sharing the first of an expected three videos featuring VIP Services clients and families. Watch video to view the thoughts Wendy’s sister shared.

16th Annual Golf Outing Sponsorship Opportunities

VIP Services, Inc. Golf Outing

Big Foot Country Club
Monday, June 9, 2014

Presented by
Kikkoman Foods
Kikkoman Foods Foundation, Inc.

Kikkoman Foods

VIP Services clients face all of the challenges of daily living that each of us confront and they all grapple with the additional challenges that their individual disabilities layer on to day-to-day existence. Members of both our Board of Directors and our 2014 Golf Committee are constantly inspired by their inspirational efforts and achievements and wanted to share a few of their Medal winning stories.  Click on their names to read more about the people pictured above : Tim , Amanda and Scott


Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Medal Sponsor $500
Includes Listing on Special Gold Medal Tee Signage at Clubhouse
Recognition in VIP Services Publications

Silver Medal Sponsor $250
Includes Listing on Special Silver Medal Tee Signage at Clubhouse
Recognition in VIP Services Publications

Bronze Metal Sponsor $100
Recognition in VIP Services Publications

Register below or download Medal Sponsorship Package (pdf) to return by mail or fax.

Register your sponsorship online on or before May 26th

Select Sponsorship Level

We welcome supporter donations at any level. If you would like to make a golf outing donation at a level other than the ones listed above, please use the donate button below.

Funds generated from this annual event play a vital role in supporting the mission of VIP Services
to empower people with disabilities to explore and experience endless possibilities.
VIP Services, INc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. EIN# 39-1227648

Friday Night Fish Fry

Fish FryJoin us for a Fabulous Fish Fry at St. Benedict’s Church on
Friday, February 24th — 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

VIP Services is one of the six local charities participating in the St. Benedict Fish Fry program during the Friday nights of Lent this year. We hope to have a big turnout for our special night on the 24th and can guarantee that you won’t go away hungry. You will have your choice of boiled or fried fish, French fries or potato pancakes, green beans, cole slaw, applesauce, bread/rolls and an array of homemade desserts. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children or $30 for families. The church is located at 137 Dewey Avenue in Fontana.

Lori Genske Fund Awards Grant to VIP Services

On Thursday, November 10th VIP Services received a grant from the Lori Genski Fund of the Elkhorn Fund, a component of the Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, Inc.

With this grant, VIP will be able to expand its new Career Central program. Career Central helps clients to tackle a variety of issues related to their employability in community settings. This grant will provide technology that will give us much greater flexibility in training and coaching community job candidates. The Lori Genske Fund has also provided past support to the VIP Day Services program with the donation of equipment to launch what has proven to be a very popular photography program with Day Services clients. VIP Services is grateful for this generous community support.

Visit our Donate Page to see how you can help.

Wendy Harmon

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Wendy says that she looks forward to going to work at VIP Services every day and she has been coming to VIP since 1997.  When asked why she likes VIP Services she will sign that she likes being with her friends and having an opportunity to earn a paycheck.

Wendy works in the production center three days a week and spends the other two days working in the kitchen helping to prepare meals for clients.  Wendy enjoys her time at VIP so much that she says she never misses work unless she is really sick.  Before coming to VIP Services, Wendy attended the Wisconsin School for the Deaf and then later lived at St. Coletta.  Now, she is happy to be living with her sister Kelly and her family and riding the bus to VIP Services every day.  Kelly writes a blog about Wendy on Facebook, “Life With Wendy” about their new adventure together.

Picture:  Wendy’s quite the artist!  Here she is showing off her artistic skills at a Discovery Class on Papermaking.

Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Tim Williams has a great sense of humor and laughs easily. Despite the multiple disabilities and significant challenges Tim faces daily, he has a capacity to make everyone around him chuckle and feel good.

Tim, who was not born with disabilities, had his life changed forever when as an elementary school student he suffered severe brain injury as the result of a freak traffic accident.

Since 2004, Tim has been involved with VIP’s Day Services program. Though he uses a specialized wheelchair and his physical disabilities significantly limit his body movements, it doesn’t mean that he doesn’t pay attention to what is going on in the world.

Tim is a huge Packer fan and followed the 2010 championship season closely. No one in Wisconsin was more pleased than he when the Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl that season.

Tim has a great sense of humor, laughs easily and loves silly jokes. He participates in Day Services activities with assistance and especially enjoys community outings. He works hard on range of motion activities and answers questions by blinking his eyes yes and no.

Scott Bushey

Scott Bushey

Scott Bushey has earned a reputation as a hard worker at VIP and is well known for his willingness to lend a helping hand.  Scott started at VIP Services in 1988 after graduating from Lakeland School and has worked at a variety of jobs in the VIP production center.  His mother says that even when he is on vacation he worries about how things are going at work.  He has been known to call in the middle of a trip just to make sure that everything is okay.  She says that one of her biggest challenges is to convince him to stay home when he isn’t feeling well – he HATES to miss work!

In addition to his work at the production center, Scott has a seasonal job with Covenant Harbor, a nonprofit retreat center for youth, adults and families on Lake Geneva.  With support from his VIP Services job coach, he washes dishes, sets tables, fills ice and drink machines and does a number of other jobs.

Scott and his family are delighted that the flexibility and diversity of VIP Services allows him to work productively 5 days a week.  He is very proud of his paychecks and loves the opportunity to work with so many good friends.

Kelly Findlay

Kelly graduated from Lakeland School in 1989 and started working at VIP Services to learn valuable job skills.  It wasn’t long before she landed a job working in the community but realized it wasn’t the best fit for her physically.  She returned to VIP to continue to hone her job skills and work on her soft skills that were also needed for community employment.

However, Kelly lost her mother and father in a short period of time and was also in a car serious accident.  Despite these challenges, with the help of her large and close-knit family and the staff at VIP including her current supervisor Pam, Kelly has made great strides to keep moving forward.  Pam knows that Kelly is a hard worker and pays close attention to detail.  Kelly now does clerical work at VIP separating the daily time cards into eight different departments!

Kelly has taken another important step toward independence by moving into a group home in Elkhorn.  By taking on additional responsibilities for every day decision making she is able to lead a life of greater independence.

In April 2019, Kelly was the featured speaker at the Walworth County ARC’s annual luncheon.  She shared her life story about moving forward despite personal challenges and continuing to pursue her dreams.

Sadie Hintz

Sadie Hintz

When she graduated from Lakeland School in 2011, Sadie was worried about what to do next.  Lakeland School helped her to prepare for her to get started in her first job. Later, she started working with a job coach from VIP Services who helped her to continue to be successful in her job.  Her coach helped her to understand the array of responsibilities involved with being a cook, as well as how to get along with her co-workers and what it takes to be really successful in the work environment.

After several years of employment, Sadie had to find a new job.  VIP Services helped her to locate her current job at Covenant Harbor in Lake Geneva.  Sadie hated the time between jobs when she wasn’t working.  She missed her friends from work, but even more, she missed having the feeling of independence that working and making her own money gave her.  Today she loves her new job at Covenant Harbor and has made many new friends.

Recently, she has taken another important step toward independence by moving into a group home in Delavan.  Though she misses her family, she recognizes that she is taking on additional responsibilities for every day decision making.

Nicole Opper

Nicole Opper

Nicole Opper started life as a happy smiling toddler who was walking and talking on her first birthday. Five days later, her life changed dramatically. With no warning Nicole went into a major seizure and was flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

After two hours and fifteen minutes the seizure finally ended, but Nicole was left with irreversible brain damage and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Two months later, when she was finally released from the hospital, her family found themselves starting all over with a one year old infant who couldn’t even hold up her head.

Though Nicole’s brain damage greatly impacted her speech and physical mobility, it did nothing to affect her irrepressible personality. Nicole attended Lakeland School and came to VIP Services in 2008.

Even though she can’t communicate verbally, there is no question that she loves being around people. She enjoys participating in everything from riding the bus to being in music therapy classes. Her smile, which is frequent, has enough wattage to light up an entire room!