VIP CASAC Academy program is an OASAS Certified Education Training Program. We provide courses that satisfy the educational requirements for state certification. Our course enables paraprofessional/professionals for direct patient care and supervisory positions in the field of substance use and addiction. The intensive program prepares growing professionals in the eight practice domains including assessment, counseling case management, client, family and community education, and Ethics. Graduation took place at Eastwood Manor on October 5, 2018. We had 30 VIP graduates, all of which submitted their applications to OASAS to receive their CASAC-T. We are looking forward to placing those graduates as CASAC T’s currently employed at VIP.
VIP Community Services was one of the sponsors for the Odyssey House 13th Annual Run for Your Life Event on Saturday, 15, 2018, which had a Recovery Walk and 5K run. VIP participated in this fantastic day, where the community and enjoyed activities for children and adults. There was face painting, arts and crafts, Zumba, healthy food and snacks, and plenty of water. There was a silent auction with amazing items. The music was great along with fun games to play for all ages. It was great to see the various ages of children play with each other and support one another.
Participants of the Recovery Walk and 5K race received medals, which was awesome. The winners of the 5K also received Trophies. People encouraged others throughout the events, including Zumba. As we know, recovery for an individual includes family, and this event showed how important the family and community is to each other. Thank you Odyssey House on another successful event for our communities.
Our Board Chair Amanda Parsons and CEO Debbian-Fletcher Blake led the clients at our residential treatment sites through open discussion about addiction and the effects. Our Board Chair spoke of the importance of recovery and working through the barriers and challenges. Candles were lit in remembrance of those afflicted by the disease around the world.
The Candlelight Vigil took place in the evening with great participation. This event takes place every year during Recovery Month. We remember those we have lost to addiction.
Our annual Hope on the Hudson fundraiser was held aboard the S.S. Hudson on September 12, and it was a huge success! The amazing crowd enjoyed a festive evening cruising the Hudson River while taking in spectacular sights of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty. Most importantly, the event’s attendees heard first-hand how critical our work is. A wealth of testimonials were offered by our past clients, all of whom greatly benefitted from receiving the excellent level of care we continue to provide to those that need it most.
We also heard from our two award winners, Rachel Kohler of NowPow and Irene Kaufmann of the Bronx Partnership for Healthy Communities:
“When I saw the new building that VIP is putting up, I said ‘That is an organization that’s going places, that is an organization I want to support.'” – Rachel Kohler, Honoree and CEO of NowPow
“We build community by inviting each other to sit, and plan, and make decisions together; to set goals and agree on targets.” – Irene Kaufmann, Recipient of the VIP Community Builder Award and Executive Director of the Bronx Partnership for Healthy Communities
All proceeds from the fundraiser will further our mission: to offer integrated medical, behavioral health, housing, and wrap-around services to improve the health and well-being of residents of the Bronx and surrounding communities.
On September 7, VIP Community Services’ Job Fair was a great success for the Bronx community!
Christal Montage (left), VIP’s Chief Program Officer of Substance Abuse and Social Services shares a moment with OASAS Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez at the 2018 NYS Recovery Conference. The theme of this year’s conference was “The Journey to Recovery Wellness: Home, Health, Community and Practice.”
The Staff Picnic was a great success. We had 3 raffle winners for the Boat Cruise. Poster boards were created by each department describing their programs in a fun way. Other gifts were raffled as well. Games and activities took place, and a delicious lunch was had by all. It was a beautiful sunny day at Tremont Park for VIP.
VIP Community Services participates in a “National Night Out” to honor and serve the Bronx community. This annual event promotes community and police partnership and was particularly emotional because it highlighted the loss of local teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, who was brutally killed at the hands of the alleged Trinatarios gang. Mayor Bill deBlasio and the NY Police Commissioner
In association with: Councilman Ritchie Torres, 48 Pct. Community Council Phipps Neighborhoods, and VIP Community Services
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | 4pm–8pm
187th Street (Between Arthur Avenue & Belmont)
VIP Community Services and the New York Police Department (NYPD) are working together as community partners for National Night Out, a nationwide effort to partner law enforcement and the communities they serve in a positive way. The NYPD coordinates in each borough through their local precinct for the event. Our precinct is #48 in Bronx County. Each year, this event is held on a different street or area within each precinct, and this year’s event will be held at 187 & 188 Street & Hughes Avenue.
VIP Community Services and other community-based organizations will be displaying information about their many programs. It’s a fun event with police manning booths and playing games with the children, pony rides, hot dogs, burgers, ices, ice cream, and popcorn (carnival style) at no cost to the community.
For more information contact:
48th Pct. Community Council – Aida Haddock | 917-642-0197