An increasing number of adults with disabilities are finding work with major businesses in Southern California thanks to the help of a growing non-profit provider of employment services based in the Inland Empire. The workers are the clients of VIP, Inc., headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga with locations in San Bernardino and Hesperia.
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The clients are each assigned a job coach who ensures that they are properly trained and prepared to work in one of the company’s warehouse production facilities, or within the community at a business that comes to VIP to fill any job openings it may have. Those businesses that utilize the organization’s services include high-profile employers like Toys”R”Us, Nestlé, Frito-Lay and TJ Maxx.
Among its objectives, VIP aims to provide people with disabilities “with meaningful work opportunities to achieve personal growth and independence.” For their part, the clients don’t seem to take their opportunities for granted. In a video story for VIP’s online magazine, “Labor Today,” several clients were asked what they do with the money they earn at work, whether it be for shopping or having fun. Most of the workers, including Brandon, a long-time client, said they used their income to help pay for household expenses. “I live with my mother and my father, and I put my money in the savings account, and I help pay the bills. I pay the phone bill, the gas bill, and I help pay the house notes,” he said.
The workers don’t allow their disabilities to overshadow their performance on the job.
“If I can do it, you can do it. Just go for it! You can be successful at it. You just have to believe in yourself.
–VIP Client, Charlene