VTC Enterprises was founded in 1961 by a group of Santa Maria Valley parents seeking life skills services for their adult children with significant developmental disabilities. We offer a wide range of services to people with disabilities who desire training or assistance in areas related to employment and daily living. Activities take place at our main location in Santa Maria, our satellite location in Lompoc, in various community settings and businesses, and at our Source America® contract locations on Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) and Naval Base Ventura County. Services are individualized as each person helps design their own plan and goals, and great effort is put into understanding the preferences of those who are non-verbal or have difficulty communicating. We are accredited by CARF International (an independent nonprofit accreditor of health and human services) and have earned twelve consecutive 3-Year Accreditations (the highest award possible), most recently in March 2014. VTC Enterprises is a proud AbilityOne™ partner agency, holding two of our four Federal Government contracts at VAFB for over 20 years.
2017-2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We Value The People We Serve: We are committed to promoting the dignity and rights of persons with developmental and similar disabilities and their families. Therefore, we will treat all persons we serve with courtesy and respect, responding to their individual preferences and needs through the provision of life long learning experiences and opportunities. We will respect their choices in their life goals, activities and family involvement.
We Value Our Employees: We are committed to promoting professional and ethical conduct in our employees. We value the role of each employee in accomplishing the organization’s mission. Therefore, we will treat each other with courtesy and respect. We will provide for job satisfaction and accomplishment through personal growth and development. We will acknowledge ideas, creativity and pride in quality work and services to our customers and the community.
We Value Our Services: We are committed to providing the highest quality services that meet the preferences and needs of the people with disabilities and other customers we serve. Therefore, we will provide for the training and development of our staff. We will create an environment that fosters cooperation and communication between staff, persons served, family, funding agencies and the community. We will encourage continuous improvement of all our services and the contribution of innovative and creative solutions to service delivery.
The most popular and eagerly awaited event of the year is the Elks Christmas Party! Each December our local Elks members sponsor a celebration at their lodge for all staff and individuals from VTC. In addition to a tasty lunch, the day includes a talent contest, dance, and special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus! We are grateful to the Santa Maria Elks Lodge #1538 for their many, many years of generosity and active support.
WORKER APPRECIATION DAY
Another highly anticipated event at VTC Enterprises is our Worker Appreciation Day. Held annually in June, this occasion is designed to recognize the efforts and safe working habits of all workers and persons served at VTC throughout the year. Festivities include lunch, treats, games & activities booths, and dancing to the tunes of local radio celebrity Andy Morris. Andy has donated his time and resources to this event every year since it started (and to the Elks Christmas Party for over 25 years), and we truly do appreciate him and other community members who have contributed to this special day.
APPROACH TO SERVICES
Person Centered Planning
VTC Enterprises uses a Person Centered Planning approach to providing services that is based on discovering and acting on what is most essential and meaningful to an individual. It is a process for continual listening and learning, focusing on what is important to someone now and in the future, and following through on that information in partnership with the person’s support team. A support team consists of one or more of the following representatives as selected by the individual: referring agency representative, family members, friends, special service members, and at least one VTC representative. Paramount to the process is recognizing that each individual is unique, valuable, and deserving of respect. Meetings are positive and promote a team spirit characterized by trust, loyalty and commitment. Individuals are encouraged to come prepared with ideas and statements regarding their dreams, preferences, and expectations. Discussions are non-judgmental and open ended, and team members are encouraged to share ideas and viewpoints freely. It is within this environment that individuals are assisted in making informed choices, expressing what type of future they want to work towards, and determining what goals to set in order to get there. Goals are based upon the individual’s strengths, capabilities, preferences, lifestyle, and religious and cultural background. Members of the team maintain frequent communication between meetings, and it is easy to update goals according to the individual’s progress and desires.
Plans are adapted to the individual’s level of understanding:
- “All About Me Books” are photo albums which transform the plan to a living plan
- Schedules are developed using picture and photograph icons
Relationship Development Intervention promotes:
- Self Esteem
- Humor in communication
- Peer acceptance
- Collaboration and team work
- Awareness of each individual’s unique identity