VersAbility Resources, formerly The Arc of the Virginia Peninsula, has been providing comprehensive community-based supports for individuals with disabilities and their families for 60 years. VersAbility currently serves more than 1,400 citizens with disabilities annually in early childhood, day support, community living, and four diverse employment programs. Our service area includes the entire Hampton Roads region, as well as the ten counties on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Through our success with government contracts we are also creating jobs for people with disabilities around the country and our budget has grown to $43 million. Last year, individuals with disabilities participating in VersAbility Resources' employment programs earned more than $7.7 million in wages and benefits.
VersAbility’s ongoing organizational goals are:
Expand employment options for people with disabilities by increasing business with the public and private sectors.
Develop new approaches to support people with disabilities in the employment setting of their choice.
Develop integrated and innovative models for individuals with disabilities to live and participate fully in the community.
Ensure the success of VersAbility through effective and values-driven business practices, leadership, and governance.
In the past year, we are proud of the following accomplishments:
VersAbility is a leader in federal employment for people with disabilities, holding 11 contracts in the region and 2 that are national in scope. We are the prime contractor for ship provisioning for the Navy at the 6 major ports on both coasts. We also handle official and post mail for the Air Force and provide custodial services to NASA at Wallops Island Flight Facility. By choosing to subcontract to sister agencies at distant sites, we are strengthening the capacity of our field to create jobs for people with disabilities via a proven track record of performance for federal and commercial customers.
Individuals with disabilities digitized 6,669,866 industrial X-rays for Alcoa. This project won Alcoa’s international Impact Award for Productivity, representing the only project that included an external partner and winning the highest level of recognition that can be achieved by Alcoa.
We recently received R2 (Responsible Recycling) certification and are now the only certified recycling service provider in Southeastern Virginia. We also were awarded a contract to handle e-Recycling for the Commonwealth in our surrounding three regions and received a $100,000, two-year grant from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation to establish an electronics recycling facility on the Southside.
VersAbility successfully achieved ISO certification, receiving zero non-conformances. This international accreditation will create jobs for people with disabilities by making our lines of business fully competitive.
For the 2nd year in a row, VersAbility was honored by Inside Business Magazine as one of the “Roaring 20’s,” the fastest-growing companies in Hampton Roads in terms of employees and revenue. We were the only nonprofit on this list, and our growth is in service to our mission.
In the next year, our goals include:
Strengthen use of assistive technologies to increase productivity and expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
Increase site inclusion where people with disabilities work in collaboration with people without disabilities.
Obtain funding for 27 individuals in our Employment Services program who lack support funding so that they may continue to earn wages and receive services.
Expand our number of business partnerships to provide diverse employment opportunities for individuals with developmental and other disabilities.
Expand our individual, planned giving, and membership campaigns to support our programs.
Funds for the 25 individuals in our Employment Services program who have no support funding. $12,500 provides one year of services for an unfunded individual with disabilities with the entire cost of the program totaling over $300,000 a year. Your donation helps individuals with disabilities lead productive and fulfilling lives of their choosing.
New business partners. Develop a partnership with VersAbility and watch your business thrive. Our large, flexible, and dedicated workforce performs a wide array of tasks and meets sudden business needs and deadlines. We also train employees to lend their skills to various workplaces, helping them become vital members of your team.
Old electronics including computers, laptops, cell phones, and printers to be donated for our e-Recycling Program. This program not only keeps this equipment out of area landfills, but it also provides jobs for individuals with disabilities. You can recycle your electronics by dropping them off at VersAbility’s sites in Hampton or Gloucester.
Adequate state funding for Medicaid Waiver slots to enable individuals with disabilities to receive the supports they need to live fulfilling lives of their choosing and adequate reimbursement rates for quality residential services.
Passionate advocates to join VersAbility in educating legislators and elected officials about the issues faced by individuals with disabilities.
Volunteers who are willing to donate their time and talent to helping us with our mission.
VersAbility Resources was founded in 1953 by a group of concerned parents who wanted to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities on the Peninsula. In its infancy, the organization’s primary goal was to establish services to fill the void that existed at that time. VersAbility established special education classes in public schools, operated preschool classes to provide social opportunities for children with disabilities, and provided work opportunities for adults with disabilities.
Since that time, VersAbility has:
Expanded our Government Contracts program to include 11 regional and 2 nationwide contracts employing over 450 individuals with disabilities
Developed our Community Living program to meet the needs of individuals who are transitioning from state institutions to community-based supports through 10 community homes
Launched e-Recycling, X-ray digitization, and a document imaging line of business to create more jobs for individuals with disabilities
Began an early intervention program to provide tailored therapies to children with disabilities and delays
Been awarded a contract with the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide electronics recycling to three regions in the state
Assumed operations of the Lewis B. Puller Center in Gloucester to provide long-term employment and day support services to individuals with disabilities on the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck
has 13 government contracts at federal installations throughout the region and
across the country at which 477 people with disabilities work alongside
military and civilian personnel and earn competitive wages. We serve the Department of Defense as well as
other government agencies. Jobs include
eyeglass manufacturing, switchboard operations, mail distribution, grounds
maintenance, and food service.
is also the prime contractor for two national contracts, on which we partner
with sister agencies around the country. We are the prime contractor for ship provisioning services for the US
Navy at nine sites, as well as a contract for the US Air Force to deliver
military official and post mail at 10 Air Combat Command bases. VersAbility is a recognized leader in managing
government contracts and meeting stringent requirements and is frequently
awarded new and challenging contracts because of our reputation to deliver
quality work that meets the customer’s needs.
program provides long-term employment and training to adults with developmental
disabilities. Projects include light
manufacturing for Alcoa Howmet, packaging a variety of materials for companies
such as Solo and Fremont Die, disassembling and recycling computers, and
coordinating mailings for companies such as the DAV and Colonial Williamsburg. VersAbility launched a document imaging
program to help businesses and citizens create digital versions of their paper
documents. A dedicated workforce of
individuals with disabilities carefully scans customers’ files, which are then
organized and indexed according to their specifications and put on the digital
media of their choice.
Supported Employment program helps businesses thrive while providing community
jobs for individuals with disabilities. We
create successful partnerships that benefit local businesses and give
individuals with disabilities the opportunity to earn competitive wages,
increase their independence, contribute to the local economy and make a
difference in their community. Skilled
job coaches provide individualized assessments, on-site job training and
long-term supervision and support services to individuals though this program.
benefiting from this program include Dan Daniels Distribution Center, Faneuil,
Riverside, Sam Rust Seafood, and Target. Employees in this program earn over $1 million in wages each year. The average hourly wage is $9.50 per hour,
with some individuals earning as much as $19.10 per hour.
operates ten homes that provide a safe, supportive environment for adults with
disabilities in neighborhoods in Hampton and Newport News. Four to six individuals reside in each home. Staff provide direct support 24 hours a day
to ensure each resident’s optimal health, safety, and well-being. Supports are individualized and usually
include assistance with activities of daily living, obtaining medical
care/treatment, participation in community activities, achievement of personal
goals, and/or skill development (e.g. cooking, laundry, money management,
social skills, etc.)
Living program provides residential and day support services to 45 individuals
with significant disabilities in Hampton, Newport News, and York County. VersAbility’s homes are unique in that they
offer a variety of leisure and recreation opportunities to every resident. In 2015, we opened our tenth home in York County.
Envisions Day Support program provides supports for over 50 adults with
significant disabilities (e.g. intellectual, physical, emotional, and/or
behavioral) that limit their ability to obtain employment. Individuals in this program may have worked
earlier in their lives and chosen to “retire” to the Envisions program. Staff provide direct support to individuals
to improve their quality of life by enhancing their use of daily living skills,
making personal choices, achieving individual goals, and providing behavioral
support. Participants are supported in
becoming active members of their communities through frequent community outings
and volunteer work. A certified
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist is available to develop supports, which
maintain and enhance each individual’s health, as well as their social and
Early Prevention and Intervention for Children (EPIC) program assists infants
and toddlers with developmental delays by assessing their needs and
coordinating therapy programs so each child reaches his/her potential. Parents are trained in developmental
milestones, parenting skills, therapy techniques, and are given the support
needed to assist their child. Families
are connected to therapists, early childhood educators, parenting classes,
playgroups, and individual counseling as needed.
provide services in the home and daycare settings to teach parents the
techniques they need to constantly reinforce their child’s development with the
tools they have available. This approach
ensures that parents are able to further their child’s progress between therapy
appointments and throughout their lives. This strategic early investment prepares
children with disabilities for success in school, work and life. Approximately 638 children and their families
receive services from the EPIC program each year.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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