Charline Speck joins VIPS as Executive Director
Ruth McKinsey, Board of Directors President says,
"We have worked very hard since the inception of VIPS to insure we can provide the highest quality training and support for all visually impaired persons in Stanislaus County. With the addition of a strong leader like Charline we will increase public awareness and more widely demonstrate the invaluable services we provide."
Jim Syvertsen, co-founder stated,
"Charline brings a wealth of experience in grant and contract administration as well as community collaboration. Her skills will allow us to grow the next level and serve a greater number of people who are blind and visually impaired.
This year VIPS will move forward with implementation of Title VII grant that will allow the organization to expand services to individuals 55 years and older. with severe vision issues or are totally blind and home bound.
Charline has a bachelor's of Social Work from New Mexico State University and has lived in Modesto for 33 years. Charline stated, "I will have the privilege of working with talented staff and a strong and dedicated Board of Directors. Through the execution of an aggressive marketing plan VIPS will enhance our local presence, build stronger partnerships and work closely with community leaders. I love everything about this community. My career in job training and economic development has prepared me to assist VIPS to live our missions and 'Build a Good Life' for the visually impaired in Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties.
New Help for Low Vision from VIPS
Vision Services for Adults 55 Years and Older
Are you 55 years or older with a vision loss that makes daily living tasks difficult or impossible?
Do you wish you could get your independence and enjoyment in life back?
Do you hate depending on others for what you used to do for yourself until blindness or vision loss made it frustrating and difficult?
Are you home bound due to your vision impairment?
For information about how VIPS can help you call: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (209) 846-9027
Services are FREE and funded by a Title VII grant.
11th Annual Gala in support of VIPS
Saturday, June 20, 2015
This year's event theme is "Let there be music", hope to see you there!
All proceeds support the Visually Impaired Persons Support (VIPS) to complete our mission in support of the visually impaired and blind in Stanislaus County.
The evening dinner, raffle, live auction and a brief skit and video featuring our client's telling their own story and success in "building their good life" with the help of VIPS.
Weekly Support Group Meeting Wednesdays at 10:30
Meeting at our offices: 1409 H Street, Modesto, CA
Our support group meetings provide the opportunity for those that are blind or low vision in Stanislaus County to share experiences, concerns, needs and successes in their journey with visual impairment. This meeting is the visually impaired and their caregivers.
The 1st week every month the caregivers separate allowing them to focus on the unique issues of caregiving. The next caregiver meeting will be February 4, 2015.
“To provide a place of compassion, support, understanding, education and personal growth for any person who is blind or visually impaired, through independent life and job skills training.”
"The Little House That Cares" Book
The Writer's Group of Visually Impaired Persons Support (VIPS) has published a book: The Little House That Cares, Seventeen inspirational stories from people whose lives have been affected by blindness, and how this little house has given them the tools to build a future filled with hope and optimism.