|T-TAP||Training and Technical Assistance For Providers|
|CRP Leadership Network|
Via is a large provider agency that offer’s employment, residential, community-based supports, inclusive childcare, and early intervention services to 1,000 consumers and families each year. Via has been aggressively converting all facility-based services to the community for a number of years. Their board of directors has set a goal to provide all services in community-based settings by 2006. Agency President/CEO Ron Rucker and Director of Employment Services, Corey Smith have successfully led the full conversion of four workshops in three different states to community employment. Via is now converting its existing sheltered workshop by developing employment opportunities and making community connections.
Via currently supports 130 people working in community employment settings.
Like most CRPs, Via has been struggling with attracting funding for valued
community-based outcomes. As a large provider, the agency owns a number
of buildings for facility-based services. Proceeds from the sale of these
buildings are being used to offset the cost of providing high quality
community-based services. Via also maintains a variety of other revenue
producing ventures, including two thrift shops, special events, and a
developing Internet resale business to support the agency’s mission.
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