Homes for the Holiday Housewalk – Saturday, Nov. 17th

Tour beautifully decorated homes in the Elkhorn area from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10 each.  When you have finished the tour, stop by Advia Credit Union at 837 N. Wisconsin Street in Elkhorn  for homemade refreshments, friendship and for a chance to win one of their holiday gift baskets!  The event is sponsored by the Elkhorn Area Women’s Club and proceeds benefit VIP Services.  Tickets are available at VIP Services, Advia Credit Union, Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, Perkup, Matheson Memorial Library and from any Elkhorn Area Women’s Club member.  We hope you can join us for this lovely annual tradition!

 

 

Holiday Homes of Elkhorn are located at:

W2888 Loveland—home of Laurie Kyle

W4144 County NN—home of Karen Gonzales

1119 Lark Dale Lane—home of Kati Hansen

209 N. Washington Street—home of Sue Zimmerman

837 N. Wisconsin Street—end of tour gathering at Advia Credit Union

 

VIP Voice Newsletter

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

Stir It Up 2018!

The 4th Annual Stir It Up, a Walworth County-wide fundraiser, is Sunday, November 4 from 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. at Elkhorn Area High School.  

This year’s event benefits: VIP Services, New Beginnings – Domestic Violence Shelter Build for Walworth County, Lakeland Animal Shelter and area high school music programs.

Musical performances by Big Foot High School Jazz Band along with Elkhorn Area High School Jazz Band and Chorus.

Tickets prices:

$10 for Youth (ages 7 – 17)

$25 for General Admission

$50 for Preferred Seating (includes preferred front row seating, preferred parking and table service)

Event tickets are on sale at Advia Credit Unions (Elkhorn and Silver Lake branches), Elkhorn Chamber of Commerce, Elkhorn Library, First National Bank and Trust (Walworth County branches), Stinebrink’s Piggly Wiggly (Lake Geneva and Delavan stores) and VIP’s front desk.

Or 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.

Rec Connect: Fall programs and activity guide

Registration is NOW OPEN for fall programs!  Rec Connect is our new Walworth County-wide recreation program that is available to all people with disabilities. This program will collaborate with existing organizations, programs and entities and will develop additional options consistent with consumer needs and interests.

FALL PROGRAMS – Click here for the Fall Activity Guide

  1. Sports of Sorts program (7 classes) on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The dates are September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, November 7 and November 14.  There will not be a class offered on October 31st.  Cost is $35 for 7 classes.  To register or for more info:  Click here!
  2. Water Aerobics program (5 classes) on Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The dates are: September 27, October 4, October 11, October 18 and October 25.  Cost is $55 for 5 classes.  To register or for more info:  Click here!
  3. Social Voyagers program (4 outings) on Fridays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The dates are September 28, October 12, November 9 and November 16.  Outings include rock climbing, attending a high school football game, board games and much more!  Cost is $55 for 4 outings.  To register or for more info:  Click here!
  4. Crafters Club (5 classes) on Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The dates are: September 29, October 6, October 13, October 20 and October 27.  Cost is $40 for 5 classes. To register or for more info – Click here!
  5. Monster Masquerade Dance on Friday, October 26 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Matheson Memorial Library in Elkhorn, cost is $5.  To register or for more info: Click here! 

Registrations are also accepted via mail, include registration form and payment method. 

To register by phone or for more information, contact Tara Scott, Recreation Specialist at 262-723-4043 ext. 138

or via e-mail: tarascott@vipservices-inc.org.

 

VIP Receives Partners with Business Award

For a PDF, go to:  VIP Services Receives Partners with Business Award from BPDD

WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities Announces Partners with Business Awards

(Madison) — The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) has announced seven awards statewide to school districts and services providers designed so they can help local businesses hire and support workers with significant disabilities.  The “Partners with Business” initiative was signed into law this spring and is based on a successful, cost-effective strategy from BPDD’s Let’s Get to Work youth employment project that shows businesses how co-workers can provide supports to employees with disabilities on the job.

Congratulations to VIP Services Inc., located in Elkhorn. Here is why they’re interested in the PWB model.

VIP Services, Inc. believes the PWB model will be beneficial because “the efficiency of having on-site, co-worker involvement will lead to better employment outcomes.”

 Partners with Business supports workers with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be successful on the job by using a combination of natural and formal supports, both of which are provided by the employer.  Using the Partners with Business approach, a school or vocational service agency works with an employer to provide initial job training for a worker with disabilities and develops on-the-job supports through co-workers.  Once co-worker supports have been developed and job training is complete, the employer may receive funds from the long-term care system (i.e. Family Care, IRIS, Partnership) or other sources to designate co-worker(s), instead of agency-provided job coaches, to provide necessary ongoing supports.

“The Partners with Business approach has shown success reducing the need for outside job coaches and has demonstrated increased numbers of hours worked per week by employees,” said Beth Swedeen, BPDD Executive Director.  “Overall, workers supported through Partners with Business have needed fewer public supports to get and keep their jobs. It’s a win-win employment strategy for people with disabilities in Wisconsin.”

These mini-grants are part of the 2017 Wisconsin Act 323, passed on April 16, 2018.  To view the statutory language, visit: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2017/related/acts/323.

VIP Volunteers Celebrated!

Paul Kremer along with Cindy Simonsen, Executive Director of VIP Services, Inc.

We recently honored and celebrated VIP Volunteers at our Volunteer Recognition Reception.  Volunteers are truly the backbone of VIP; people we need, trust and value. Who are VIP Volunteers? Our Board members, corporate volunteers, school activity volunteers, community members and VIP Ambassadors. In 2017, VIP volunteers completed an incredible 1,771 hours of service!

Paul Kremer was recognized for his long-time dedication as a VIP Volunteer and Ambassador Coach. Kudos to Paul as well as ALL our volunteers. We are truly blessed!  A special thanks to The Elk Restaurant for their generous donation of the delicious food food.  For event pictures, check out our Facebook page – click here!

 

Volunteer Recognition Reception – Tuesday, April 17

Please join us for this special event to recognize and thank our volunteers for their service and dedication. In addition, we will be recognizing, Paul Kremer for his long-time service as a VIP Volunteer and Ambassador Coach.  The event is from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Light refreshments are provided by The Elk Restaurant.  

For more information or to RSVP, contact Lynne Dempsey at 262-723-4043 ext. 106 or Lynnedempsey@vipservices-inc.org  by April 13, 2018.  

2018 Bowl-a-thon Recap!

1st Place – The Three Cowboys & a Cowgirl: Steve, Jennifer, David and Derek raised $1,480!

The 10th Annual Bowl-a-thon on Saturday, March 3rd was a wonderful success, netting over $16,000!  Funds raised will help us continue to provide programs and services for people with disabilities.  The Bowl-a-thon is one of our most popular annual activities, bringing together clients, family members and the broader community for an afternoon of fun and fellowship.  For a complete list of team fundraising totals, click here!

Plus, there were lots of fantastic smiles to go along with the bowling.  For a sampling of event pictures (see below) and click here!  Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported, participated, donated and attended the event!  

2nd Place – Elkhorn Rotary Club: Tom, Cindy, Bill and Dan raised $1,039!

3rd Place – The Eagles: Tammy, Dave, Paul and Mario raised $700!

Witches of Brunswick – Stacie, Mandy, Gina and Melissa raised $230!

Strikers – Advia Credit Union: Doug, Nicole, Kathi and Kristi (and Joette) raised $444!

Madison Street Madness: Katie, Joanie, Beth and Ed raised $500!

The Shamrocks: April, Kelsey, Amy and Shelly raised $200!

Frank Hoover, VIP Ambassador and his coach, Paul Kremer, welcomed 128 bowlers to Delavan Lanes.

Presenting Sponsor: Casey’s General Stores

Strike Sponsor: The Weber Boys

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

Team Sponsors: Kathi and Mike George, Prop Shaft Supply Inc. and Voskuil Adult Family Home

Lane Sponsors: Advia Credit Union, Annie Frame’s Family (Neill & Pam Frame), The Bark Market – Karen Conell, Delavan Fitness Center/ Rocky’s Gym, Ron and Ann Deschner, Edstrom Industries, LLC, Fontana Family Dentistry, LLC, Greenbriar Canine Academy, Heckel Tool & Manufacturing Corporation, Madison Street Subs, Donna and Tom Neshek, Oak Leaf Capital Partners – Chris Reed, Pete’s Porting Service/ Engine Design Machine, Steven Pils, 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, Joel and Sue Stokes-Nelson,  Walworth County ARC and Youngquist and Kennedy Orthodontics.  General Sponsor: McCullough’s Prescriptions and Gifts.

VIP’s Annual Recognition Dinner, “Celebrating courage and determination.”

Celebrating courage and determination

VIP’s Bowl-a-thon FUNdraiser – Saturday, March 3rd

Come have a ball at VIP Services’ 10th Annual Bowl-A-Thon, presented by Casey’s General Store! Funds raised support VIP’s mission to empower adults with disabilities.  

Join us for this fun event on Saturday, March 3rd at Delavan Lanes.  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.  Bowl-a-thon registration forms have recently been distributed. This event is sure to sell out early, so get your registration forms completed and returned as soon as possible.  For more information, contact Julie Cotter at 262-723-4043, ext. 105 or juliecotter@vipservices-inc.org.  We hope you can be a part of the 2018 Bowl-a-thon! 

VIP Services – Bowl-a-thon Event Flyer

Early bird registration is $40 per team (team of 4 – $10 per person) till 2/13/18.  Team registration after 2/13/18 is $80 (team of four – $20 per person). Registration fee includes THREE games per person and shoe rental.  

VIP Services – 2018 Bowl-a-thon Team Registration Form

Official Rules Tips on Raising Pledges

Pledges-Donations Received Form

Interested in being Bowl-a-thon Sponsor?  We have lots of great opportunities available.  Sponsorship benefits include signage at the event, listing in VIP publications, Facebook and website, plus the good feeling that YOU are supporting the great programs and services at VIP!  Download the form (below) or click here for the on-line link!

VIP Bowl-a-thon 2018 Sponsorship Form

VIP Bowl-a-thon 2018 Sponsors as of March 3, 2018:

Presenting Sponsor
Casey’s General Stores

Strike Sponsor
The Weber Boys

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

Team Sponsors
Kathi and Mike George
Prop Shaft Supply Inc.
Voskuil Adult Family Home

Lane Sponsors
Advia Credit Union
Annie Frame’s Family (Neill & Pam Frame)
The Bark Market – Karen Conell
Delavan Fitness Center/ Rocky’s Gym
Ron and Ann Deschner
Edstrom Industries, LLC
Fontana Family Dentistry, LLC
Greenbriar Canine Academy – Cindy Simonsen
Heckel Tool & Manufacturing Corporation
Madison Street Subs – Beth Shodeen
Donna and Tom Neshek
Oak Leaf Capital Partners – Chris Reed
Pete’s Porting Service/ Engine Design Machine
Steven Pils
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
Joel and Sue Stokes-Nelson
Walworth County ARC
Youngquist and Kennedy Orthodontics

General Sponsor
McCullough’s Prescriptions and Gifts