26th Annual Golf & Tennis Outing

The VIP Services 26th Annual Golf Outing has been rescheduled to Monday, August 3rd at Big Foot Country Club.  The event is presented by Kikkoman Foods, Inc. and the Kikkoman Foods Foundation.  

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.

 Registration Form: 2020 VIP Services Golf & Tennis Outing Brochure

This year we will again host Tennis Tournament in a round robin format!  Cost is $100 for entry fee and dinner.  Space is limited to 16 participants. For more info, contact Kurt at the number listed below.  

  1. Individual Golfer – $300
  2. Foursome Sponsor – $1,200
  3. Birdie Sponsor – $1,500 
  4. Eagle Sponsor – $2,500
  5. Medal Sponsor

Event Schedule:

  • 10:00 a.m.    Registration, Putting Green Opens and Lunch
  • 11:30 a.m.     Shotgun Start
  • 1:00 p.m.      Tennis Tournament begins
  • 5:00 p.m.      19th Hole Reception, Auction and Awards

For sponsorship & golfer info, please contact Kurt Saterbak at 262-723-4043 ext. 105 or golf@vipservices-inc.org.

VIP Services To Begin Smart Restart

VIP Services is excited to announce that our Smart Restart plan is underway! We are so appreciative of the support we have received and encouragement so many of you have provided us during this time apart.

Since the end of April, we have been targeting May 26th as the beginning of our rollout return both our Day Services and Prevocational Training programs. We continue to plan for Tuesday, May 26th as the opening.

VIP Services Smart Restart plan is a phased-in approach that will allow everyone the best chance for a successful return to regular and structured services. The four phases are:

  1. Prevocational Services reopening on Tuesday, May 26th
  2. Virtual and Remote Day Services beginning June 1st
  3. On-site Day Services Pilot Program reopening mid-summer*
  4. Transition to full capacity Day Services following successful Pilot Program*

*These dates are contingent upon the successful operation during the previous phases

Over the next week, we will be communicating with our clients, their caregivers and families, and their funding sources what steps we are taking to ensure that VIP Services is a welcoming, safe, and inspiring place for every client who uses our services.

Here is what you can expect to see from us by next Friday, May 22nd.

  • Health and Safety Guidelines for clients, staff, and visitors
  • Transportation policy updates
  • Introduction to our New Remote and Virtual Services programs
  • What new and creative programs will enhance our clients’ day while adhering to the health and safety guidelines
  • Virtual video tour, which will be posted on Facebook, YouTube, and our website that will show the physical changes to our program spaces
  • Videos on new screening procedures, transportation services, and required health and safety measures that will be followed by everyone within our E. Geneva Street facility.

We are very excited to bring the VIP Services family of staff and clients back together. We know you have plenty of questions. We still are working through some of our own questions. We will not open until we are confident that everyone who comes to VIP Services will benefit from the programs and be safe while doing so.

Please wait until our Smart Restart Plan is distributed next Tuesday, May 19th to reach out on specific questions so that we can use this critical time to communicate with everyone effectively.

VIP Services – We Miss You!

VIP Services Continues to Suspend Facility-Based Client Services through at least April 30th

Effective March 25th, The State of Wisconsin enacted a Safer at Home directive from Governor Tony Evers. The Executive Order highlights the expectation for individuals to refrain from public interaction except to receive essential services and supplies, and for those whose jobs are to provide such services and supplies. This is part of the statewide response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition, the Federal Government has recommended that all Americans refrain from nonessential group interaction through at least April 30.

In compliance with this guidance:

  • All facility-based client services will remain closed until such time that we believe our operations will not pose a health risk to our clients and our staff. This includes:
    • Day and Respite Services
    • Prevocational and Production Center Employment
  • Community Integrated Employment services remain at its current limited scope
  • VIP Services’ Transportation Department will continue to operate as an essential service for Walworth county residents
    • As of March 25th, we are not transporting for non-essential trips as detailed by Governor Evers’ executive order
    • Additionally, we ask any individual who presents symptoms of the Coronavirus to isolate, contact your doctor, and not use our services. VIP Services’ Transportation Department is not an emergency transport service
    • To schedule a ride, please contact the department at (262) 723-4402.
  • We will continue to update the community to any changes we are required to make by posting updates on VIP Services website and Facebook page.
  • For more information regarding VIP Services response to the COVID-19 crisis, please contact Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director at (262) 723-4043.

VIP Services Donates 150 Protective Coveralls to the EMS Division of the Elkhorn Area Fire-Rescue Department.

EAFD Assistant Fire Chief David Fladten “elbow bumps” VIP Services Sales Manager Rob Likes in gratitude of receiving 150 pieces of PPE

Following Governor Tony Evers request for businesses to review their inventory and share any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with the frontline services battling the COVID-19 pandemic, VIP Services found and donated 150 Protective Suits from their overstock inventory.

VIP Services is a not-for-profit organization that works with people with disabilities. One major program that the VIP Services provides is prevocational training in their Production Center.

“We work with dozens of local, regional and national companies to fulfill orders ranging from packaging to assembly,” Rob Likes, Sales Manager for the organization’s Value Added Production Services shared. “One job had us purchasing these suits to include in a packaging order. We ended up with a few extra cases of these coveralls and just kept them in case they came in handy someday.”

“Evidently that day is today” Executive Director Cindy Simonsen said. “We had almost forgotten about these cases of protective wear, but we were excited to find them when we did a facility-wide review of our supplies like the Governor requested.”

VIP Services reached out to local first responders to see if they were adequately equipped for the current crisis. They found that the EMS Division of the Elkhorn Area Fire Department was without this type of PPE for their EMTs who are facing the potential of COVID-19 with every call they answer.

Assistant Fire/EMS Chief David Fladten said that every department in the state is preparing for the worst, and hoping for the best. “These (pieces of protective clothing) will definitely come in handy and give our emergency personnel the added protection we need during this crisis,” Fladten commented. “We are really grateful for this donation.”

The EMS Division was formed in 1954 as a rescue squad. In 2003 the rescue squad merged with the fire department. Today the division has 40 EMS personnel. The Elkhorn Area Fire Department responds to 911 calls in the City of Elkhorn, Town of Sugar Creek, Town of LaFayette, and the Town of Geneva including Geneva National. Together with the Fire Division the department answers over 1500 calls per year.

In 2020 VIP Services celebrates 50 years of serving the greater Walworth County area through an extensive range of programs and services for people with disabilities and barriers to employment. In addition to prevocational training, VIP Services offers Community Employment support, Day Services, and is the contracted transportation provider for Walworth County.

For more information on VIP Services, please contact Cindy Simonsen at (2620 723-4043 ext. 102.

VIP Services Continues to Provide Critical Transportation Support to Local Residents During the Safer at Home Order

Effective Tuesday, March 24th, The State of Wisconsin will be enacting a Safer at Home directive from Governor Tony Evers. The Executive Order highlights the expectation for individuals to refrain from public interaction except to receive essential services and supplies, and for those whose jobs are to provide such services and supplies. This is part of the statewide response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the Coronavirus crisis is a prominent health alert for every person in Walworth County, hundreds of local residents continue to face chronic health conditions that are equally or even more life threatening to them. Patients needing dialysis, transfusions, chemotherapy, and other critical outpatient care that cannot be postponed must get to their medical providers regardless of external factors. Many of these individuals do not have reliable means to get to their appointments except for the transportation program operated by VIP Services.

Many other residents must get medication from their pharmacies and their only way to get them is by using either the Walworth County Wal-to-Wal Dial-a-Ride or Specialized Transportation Services programs, both run by VIP Services.

In addition to healthcare needs, VIP Services transportation department is a lifeline for many county residents who need to get groceries and other essential supplies so they can shelter in place.

VIP Services’ Transportation Department will continue to operate as an essential service for these residents.

As of Tuesday, we will not be transporting for non-essential trips as detailed by Governor Evers’ executive order dated March 24, 2020.

Additionally, we ask any individual who presents symptoms of the Coronavirus to isolate, contact your doctor, and not use our services. VIP Services’ Transportation Department is not an emergency transport service.

The transportation department’s hours of service for essential trips remain the same, as does the pre-scheduling requirements. Please refer to our webpage that details these at https://vipservices-inc.org/transportation/.

To schedule a ride, please contact the department at (262) 723-4402.

We will continue to update the community to any changes we are required to make by posting updates on VIP Services website and Facebook page.

For more information regarding VIP Services response to the COVID-19 crisis, please contact Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director at (262) 723-4043.

VIP Services Video

12th Annual Bowl-A-Thon

Join us for this extra fun event on Saturday, March 21st at Delavan Lanes (509 S. 7th Street, Delavan, WI 53115).  This popular event welcomes all ages and abilities and provides participants with the opportunity to raise funds for VIP Services operations while simultaneously having a fun time. The day will be divided into two sixteen team sessions, the first beginning at 12:00 p.m. and the second at 3:00 p.m. Special incentives will be offered for those teams who raise $400 or more in pledges.  For more information, contact Lynne Dempsey at 262-723-4043, ext. 111 or bowl@vipservices-inc.org.

Early bird registration is $40 per team (team of 4 – $10 per person) until 3/2/20209.  Team registration after 3/2/2020 is $80 (team of four – $20 per person). Registration fee includes THREE games per person and shoe rental.  

Registration Form

Sponsorship Form

Stir It Up 2019 – Sunday, November 3rd

Join us for the 5th Annual Stir It Up, Walworth County’s Most Delicious Event!

Sunday, November 3 from 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at Elkhorn Area High School.  

 

Walworth County’s Most Delicious Event

 

This year’s event benefits: VIP Services, area high school music programs and other local charitable organizations.

Musical performances from Elkhorn Area High School Jazz Band and Chorus as well as other area high school music groups!

Tickets prices:

$10 for Youth (ages 7 – 17)

$25 for General Admission

$75 for Preferred Seating (includes preferred front row seating, preferred parking and table service)

To purchase your tickets on-line:  click here!

For more information or a list of participating restaurants, go to: www.stiritupwalco.com.

The event is hosted by VIP Services and the Rotary Club of Elkhorn.

Thank You VIP Volunteers!

Thank you to our amazing VIP Volunteers for the work they do year-round.  Each year, our volunteers complete more than 1,500 hours of service! We are truly grateful for their generosity of time, dedication, energy and enthusiasm.