QVSS Mission Statement
Our mission is to enhance the lives of adults with developmental challenges by providing a safe place, meaningful programs and positive relationships, which promote social inclusion in society.
To celebrate, support and acknowledge the empowerment of each individual to connect and complete the community as a whole.
To visualize a barrier-free, inclusive, diverse community that values and supports each individual by eliminating barriers that obstructs equal rights, possibilities, dignity and choice.
That people accomplish what they want to achieve, live how they choose to live, and are valued as full and equal members of the whole community.
More Than Fifty Years of Advocacy and Service:
The organization can trace its roots back to the 1950’s when it began as a group of dedicated parents of children with physical and developmental challenges. They believed their sons and daughters should not be alienated, but rather, needed to be a part of their community. These parents are the foundation of the creation of our program! Formerly known as ARC Industries, it was established as a non-profit corporation in 1989. In 1993, this Belleville based organization gained charitable status within Ontario and changed its name to the present Quinte Vocational Support Services.
Helping People Reach Their Goals through Recreational, Leisure and Vocational programs:
Our staff, coupled with our partnerships within the social service community, rally together to align service-users with their program requests based on their Individual Support Plan and Quality Life Plan (The Individual Support Plan is an “individualized plan that outlines and prioritizes the long and short-term goals”). Our objective is to provide special requirements and supports needed to increase opportunities for economic and social participation.
Q.V.S.S. bases programs and services on the request of the service-user. We offer unique support and guidance as we conduct a client satisfaction survey; and interview each supported person at the end of each placement to determine if the individual has met their personal goals and to formulate plans as necessary for future endeavours.
Q.V.S.S. make available through our vocational programs, supports to assist in non-competitive, employment-support alternatives, which are creative, flexible and responsive to diverse individual needs and to reflect Quality Assurance Measures. Participants can partake in a variety of work activities, part-time or full-time, again by their own choice. These programs are guided work prospects made available in a manufacturing setting in-building or on-site at local businesses, to help offset their disability pension.
Reflecting Community Commitment and Support:
The success of QVSS is based on its management, staff, employees, parents, professional caregivers, volunteers and a well-informed, volunteer Board of Directors. The vitality of QVSS is very much a reflection on the community who manages it. Funding is received through the Ministry of Community, Family and Children’s Services and through the sale of goods and services, in addition to fundraising activities and private donations.
- Verification of developmental disability as defined by the Developmental Services Act »
- 18 years of age or older (short term arrangements are possible for students returning to school)
Selection and Admission Criteria
- Must meet all components of Eligibility Criteria (see above)
- Approval from the QVSS Agency Admission Committee
- Based on funding availability and the number of available openings in the program*
*If there are no available openings in the provincially contracted program, the applicant has the following options:
- The applicant can be placed on a waiting list
- Upon acceptance the applicant can pay the fee for services
Fee for services is available if and when:
- There are no vacancies in the 56 full-time openings at Q.V.S.S.
- Individuals require assistance or support not currently offered by Q.V.S.S.
- You have been approved for Passport funding to purchase day supports services. Guidelines for approval
Cost of Supports:
- Based on the level of individual supervision required
- Based on an individual’s service request
Together with other agencies, Q.V.S.S. will work to provide easy access to a range of services and supports in Hastings and Prince Edward County.
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