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Dear VTC Community:

Some additional guidance was provided this week from the Department of Developmental Services in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time the Department of Developmental Services has 1) indicated its intention to continue to provide funding for the closed Adult Day and Community Day Services as they have done previously in other emergency events (wildfires or mud slides) to allow for the quick return of these services and 2) re-issued the Emergency Guidance provided earlier in the month for an additional 30 days.

The governor’s shelter at home order issued March 19, 2020 remains in effect and based on directions provided by the Department of Developmental Services, we have closed our Adult Day Services and our Community Day Services.  Some of our individuals are employed at local community businesses deemed essential, so we are continuing to provide job support services to them for as long as necessary.

Our small businesses have been affected as follows: The ‘A’ Street Café remains open to the public for To-go orders only, M-F for breakfast and lunch; Innovative Printing Solutions is closed; Hidden Treasures Thrift Store is closed. Government Contracts continue to operate at Vandenberg Air Force Base, the Naval Base in Ventura County and Custodial Contracts in Santa Maria and Oxnard.

Additional guidance was received from the Santa Barbara County Health Department to cover your face in public. We are encouraging VTC employees working in the community and those who are working from home to wear a mask (need not be an N95 mask) when they are in the community.

We will be adding more services and supports next week for those individuals whose regular services have been closed. Also, be sure to take advantage of the free soil and plants that are available to pick up this week from VTC in Santa Maria. Soil and plants are first come first serve, and to allow for social distancing the site is unmanned.

VTC is constantly monitoring COVID-19 information from applicable regulatory agencies. Please reach out to me at (805)-928-5000 x 324 or VTCinfo@vtc-sm.org or your supervisor if you have questions or are unclear about how to proceed at any point.

Thank you,

Jason Telander

Congratulations, Nerissa Arellano, 2019 Elks Rodeo Queen!


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Our 2019 Elks Rodeo Queen, Nerissa Arellano!
Nerissa raised $379,345 for VTC!

In just 8 weeks, Nerissa Arellano, senior at Righetti High School raised over $379,000 to help individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities receiving services at VTC.

Nerissa’s Bio:
My name is Nerissa Arellano and it is my privilege to be the Candidate representing VTC Enterprises in the 2019 Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Queen Competition.  I am truly excited for this opportunity to get involved with the community, get the community involved with VTC, and to raise funds for such a great organization!

I am 18 years old and a senior at Ernest Righetti High School.  Aside from my academic studies, I am an active member in both the Future Farmers of America organization and 4-H.  Showing animals competitively is something I am passionate about and have been participating in for 7 years, showing pigs specifically for the past six.  After high school I plan to attend Allan Hancock College for my Business Administration Transfer Degree, then move on to a 4-year college in Northern California (preferably Sacramento State University, UC Santa Cruz, or Chico State) where I will study English and Liberal Studies to reach my goal of becoming an English teacher.

VTC Enterprises, whose mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their life goals, has a solid home in my heart.  My mother has worked there for 20 years, and during that time I have gotten to know and interact with most of the individuals at the organization.  Additionally, I have had the pleasure of volunteering for all of VTC’s Rodeo Queen Campaigns.  These past 5 years as I watched each candidate work, grow and stretch herself beyond what she thought possible, I dreamed of running for Rodeo Queen one day too.

Now my dream is becoming real, and I am eager to pour myself into this endeavor with a passion to support the work of VTC, strengthen our Central Coast community, and further my own development as a young woman who will make a positive difference today and in the future.  I am very thankful for the amazing support of my parents, Jose and Brenda Arellano, and from my younger brother Noah.  My family is a continual inspiration to me of community involvement, generosity, persistence and dedication.

I am forever grateful to have this opportunity to run for Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Queen and honored to be serving our community and the people of VTC Enterprises.  Thank you!

2019 Elks Rodeo Queen, Nerissa Arellano with younger brother, Noah

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