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VR3  Ready...Reliable...Results December 2015

Students reap benefits of NDEAM

VR offices around the state celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) with open house and Disability Mentoring Day events that brought together students, parents, clients, employers and community partners.

More than 700 students and job seekers interacted with hundreds of employers statewide, learning about disability employment resources and discovering career opportunities.

Many local businesses participated along with national DMD sponsors such as Wal-Mart, Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Aramark.

View pictures and read about DMD and Open house events at VR offices around the state.

Around the state

Agency mourns loss of board member

SCVRD agency board member Nick Shorter, age 52, passed away on November 5 in his hometown of Sumter. Mr. Shorter had been appointed to the board by Governor Haley earlier this year, representing the Fifth Congressional District. He worked as Administrative Services Director for the city of Sumter and was actively involved in numerous civic and church activities.

“We were saddened by Nick’s death and extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Pam, his family and friends,” said SCVRD Commissioner Barbara Hollis. “He had expressed a strong desire to serve the agency and its clients as a board member and we had very much looked forward to his insight and support.”

Sumter Bounce Back 2015

The Sumter Area Office held its Bounce Back event on October 22. Bounce Back is an opportunity for clients who have a criminal background to learn about resources available to help them work towards achieving competitive employment. Judge Amy Land was one of the featured guest speakers.

Business partner Lunch & Learn

Holmesview Center hosted a Business Partner Lunch & Learn on November 5. The event highlighted the services offered by the Holmesview Center, focusing on the residential short term program, substance abuse treatment services, the population served, assistance provided for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing, and how these services benefit job retention in the workplace.

Photo (left to right): Rhonda Pitts, Client Services Supervisors, Holmesview; Kurt Carlson, TBMC, Inc.; Jim Carino, North American Rescue; and Ruth Ann Wilson, Southern Weaving.

Building Bridges Conference

Florence School District One’s Transition Alliance Committee attend the annual transition conference in Greenville from September 20-22. The “Building Bridges” conference provides networking opportunities with other transition agencies and provides tools and resources to improve post secondary outcomes for students with disabilities.

Photo (left to right): Leah Cordoni, E-TASC, Program Coordinator; Anne Filyaw, Transition Coordinator, Florence School District One; Stacy Bakas, Community-Based Training Coordinator, Florence School District One; Sarah Cowan, VR Transition Counselor.

Oconee-Pickens spotlight on Holmesview Center

An enthusiastic audience of Oconee-Pickens Business Partnership Network (BPN) members gathered in Clemson's City Hall on November 6. More than thirty people gathered in Clemson’s City Hall Community Room to hear an overview of VR services, followed by speaker Rhonda Pitts, Client Services Supervisor at Holmesview Center in Greenville. Attendees were impressed by Pitts’ passion to serve and her pride in her team and the clients who receive life-changing services at Holmesview.

VR, National Guard, SC Works host Job Fair

The Hartsville Office joined forces with the US Army National Guard and SC Works to host a successful Regional Job Fair on Wednesday, October 21, in Hartsville. Numerous industries and businesses representing the Pee Dee area of South Carolina participated in the event, recruiting candidates for employment. Nearly 175 job seekers attended, including many VR clients.

Photo: Local law enforcement officers with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Department recruit candidates at the Pee Dee Regional Job Fair hosted by Marlboro Area VR, US Army National Guard, and SC Works.

SC Brain Injury Support Groups

The following list of brain injury support groups in South Carolina was provided by the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC). This is an excellent resource for clients with brain injuries.

Download the Brain Injury Support Groups list (PDF).

If there is no active support group listed in your community and there is an interest in having one to attend, please contact Heather Hoy at BIASC, hjoy.biasc@gmail.com or 803-731-9823.

Q Stories

VR staff members come together, not only to provide quality services to clients and business partners, but each other:

A number of VR staff members were impacted by the recent flood. Several lost their homes, cars, and nearly lost their lives. Their colleagues immediately went into action, donating items, time, and money to help their co-workers in need.

The recipients of these gracious donations wish to express their gratitude to their VR family for all of their heartfelt efforts.

Did you know...

...that December 3 is International Day of Persons with Disabilities?

International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day established in 1992 that aims to promote an understanding of people with disabilities and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being.

Find out more at idpwd.com.au and un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday.


December 2, 11am-2pm - Business Partnership Luncheon at the Lexington Area Office. Rhonda Pitts, Client Services Supervisor, will discuss the services available at Holmesview Center. There will be an update on Quality One (Q1), current services and initiatives and a tour of the Lexington Area Office and VR West Columbia Campus.
  For more information, 803-896-6333 or 866-206-5184
December 3, 11:30am-12:30pm - Business Partnership Network Meeting at the Walterboro Area Office.
  For more information, call 843-538-3116 or 888-577-3549
December 8 - Transition Meeting with students and parents of Lower Richland High School.
December 10 - Business Services Expo.
  For more information, call 803-782-4239 or 866-206-5280
December 15 - Human Resources Roundtable.
  For more information, call 864-229-5827 or 866-443-0162

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Preparing and assisting eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment

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