October 5, 2018
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.
Odyssey House – 5K Run Celebrating Recovery Month
September 15, 2018
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.
Celebrating Recovery Month – Candlelight – September 19, 2018
September 19, 2018
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.