Tonya Graham new Service Coordinator
CCS welcomes Tonya Graham as its newest Service Coordinator. Tonya brings extensive experience in health care, having worked 10 years at UVM Medical Center and two at Community Health Centers, Burlington. She is currently completing her undergraduate degree at UVM.
“I’m looking forward to helping change the future,” Tonya says, “and helping create a society where everyone is considered created equal.” Originally from Plattsburgh, NY, Tonya lives in South Burlington. A big fan of snow shoeing, she’s okay with the impending Vermont winter. Welcome aboard, Tonya!
CCS featured on Local ABC/Fox News programs!
Reporter Megan Carpenter visited CCS during our United Way Week celebration to learn more about CCS – especially our Way2Work supported employment supported employment program, which United Way invests in.
Watch her report here
Champlain Business Journal covers CCS, new collaborative
CCS and its recently announced ARIS Collaborative were featured in the November 2015 issue of Champlain Business Journal. View a pdf of the article
CCS Named Best Nonprofit in Champlain Business Journal Poll!
The business monthly boasts a large readership of business owners and professionals throughout Addison, Chittenden, Franklin, and Washington Counties. Given our specialized services in career development and job placement, and our strong partnerships with the business community, recognition from such an audience is particularly welcome.
This year, CCS also earned a Runner-Up certificate in the Socially Responsible Business category. Thanks to all who voted for CCS in this poll!
CCS Joins New Collaborative
Executive Director Elizabeth Sightler announces CCS recently joined in a new collaboration agreement with five other Vermont nonprofits. The partnership creates areas of formal and informal collaboration among the agencies that promise operational efficiencies while strengthening pursuit of shared missions.
CCS joins ARIS Solutions (the shared business office for the collaboration), Families First of Southern Vermont, Lincoln Street, Green Mountain Support Services (formerly Sterling Area Services), and Upper Valley Services in a collaboration specifically designed “to ensure that people with disabilities are included in the fabric of Vermont society.” Read full press release
CCS a National Model for Supported Employment
The Minneapolis Star Tribune is researching Vermont’s approach to supported employment for an upcoming feature. Minnesota, like many other states, is considering best practices for sheltered workshop conversion. On June 22, reporters visited CCS and met with CC management and staff, consumers, and families, and visited a number of employment sites (as well as the Champlain Voices picnic!).
Our Way2Work program has earned “National Best Practices” recognition, and been named the top supported employment program in Vermont the past six years. Vermont as a state is setting the tone for states throughout the U.S. looking to convert sheltered workshops to community-based employment opportunities in the competitive economy, and we’re serving in some ways as a national model.