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VIP Attends Cardinals Game

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Cheering for the Home Team
VIP Industries was represented earlier this month at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game by 100 individuals with developmental disabilities, staff members, parents and volunteers. Even though the Cardinals lost to the Florida Marlins, 8-7, everyone had a great time, especially workshop employee Wendy Grawe, who had never been to a Cardinals game before.

"The whole thing was my favorite part," Grawe said about the event. "It was really fantastic."

While the evening proved to be a cold one, Grawe noted that it was still better to be at the game than to watch it on TV.

The May 4th outing to St. Louis was made possible through the Cardinals, who sent VIP 100 tickets at no charge. The VIP group boarded two charter buses for an evening of fun, singing and camaraderie.

In addition to new friendships being sparked that day, several of the workshop employees had "first time" experiences including, going to St. Louis, being at a Major League Baseball game and even using an automatic sink.

And what baseball game wouldn't be complete without the wave? Even if it was only contained in VIP's section of seats, the group certainly enjoyed themselves and made sure to keep the Cardinal spirit by dancing between hitters.

A special thank you goes out to the Cardinals for the opportunity to attend a game. Everyone enjoyed themselves and can't wait to go again.

VIP Industries is one of the largest sheltered workshops in the state of Missouri. They have been in operation for over 43 years providing services to more than 2400 individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Thank you soo much Mrs. Guyette for another useless fluff article. But, wasn't there an article just posted by the SE Missourian, stating how **** poor broke that VIP was? How can VIP be soo broke, yet be able to afford more than one electronic Billboard, charter Buses, and take clients to the Ball Game?(which probably was only about 20 clients, because I am sure that the rest was taken up by family, staff, and volunteers) Why would Scmittzehe buy new vans, then turn around and threaten to drop transportation as reported in the paper? Every time you run a fluff story for VIP, it is just a slap in the face to the hundreds of other Disabled Citizen's in this County that do not receive any services, because VIP has all the funding wrapped up! As far as VIP servicing 2400 people, I find that hard to believe, since 90 percent of the clients have been there forever!

-- Posted by braveheart on Thu, May 19, 2011, at 5:54 PM

Have you ever met any of the staff? Very unfriendly and cold!

-- Posted by coffeplease35 on Sat, May 21, 2011, at 7:50 AM

Yes, I have met the staff, they are as arrogant and self serving as Schmittzehe and Wallis are. The staff that do show compassion and care, are the ones that get fired! It is the same for the disabled clients. It is funny to see that the only ones involved in the VIP activities, are the ones that are high functioning, and need little to no help. It is the same in the workshops. Look at VIP's website, and you will see only the high functioning clients in their pictures. These are the Individuals that should have been placed in public jobs, but they are the ones that Schmittzehe needs to run his contracts. If you are are not a high functioning Developmentally Disabled individual, you are not needed or kept very long after High School!

-- Posted by braveheart on Sat, May 21, 2011, at 12:21 PM

If you take the time to personally tour some of the local vendors in the area, SADIE, AO, as well as VIP, you would be able to see the range of people who are served there. Don't just talk about it, or take someone else's word about it--actually get involved and do something about it! Visit, volunteer, and make a difference.

-- Posted by daughterJudy on Sun, May 22, 2011, at 1:01 PM

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