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Underwear Drive for Sharing House is a Success!

Underwear Drive for Sharing House is a Success!

TVS team members rallied together to purchase a whopping 114 pair of boxer/briefs to donate to a Sharing House underwear drive. During a recent visit to Sharing House by  Nancy Stricker, TVS Community Relations representative, she learned of the dire need to shore up their stock of underwear to give to those in need. Nancy shared this need with Emily Owens, Training & Development Specialist, who jumped at the chance to inspire TVS team members to be part of the underwear drive. Emily posted fun signs around the building and gave regular nudges to contribute to the cause. Another example of TVS being dedicated to all people in our community.   

National Day for Choice

National Day for Choice

Today, April 16th, is a National Day of Choice.  This day of advocacy recognizes that within the past few years new laws and regulations have limited the choices that individuals with significant disabilities have regarding where they are allowed to work, live, or receive training.  Current their right to work is protected by section 14C of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The Congressional “Raise the Wage Act of 2019” proposes increases to the federal minimum wage, yet also abolishes section 14C completely. We are asking Congress to vote NO” to this bill. National advocates hope that failure of the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 will lead revision of the bill, to still SUPPORT CHOICE for individuals with significant disabilities.  Pressure from families and communities to protect and guarantee person-centered choice for people with disabilities is our goal.   

Below you will see a statement that you can copy and paste into an email to our Congressional Delegation.  The attached flyer includes email addresses and phone numbers for our Congressional delegation. We welcome your support in having the voices of those with significant disabilities heard and respected on this National Day of Choice.  Thank you.

“Please protect the choice of individuals with significant disabilities to work where they choose, by preserving Section 14c of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Voting NO on the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 will show your communities and constituents your commitment guarantee the right to work for individuals with disabilities.  Let’s not punish people whose choices are already limited by enacting regulations and laws which further restrict their lives”.

Art Show Closing Reception Thursday February 28th

Art Show Closing Reception Thursday February 28th

The INTERACT group from TVS (Transylvania Vocational Services) invites the public to attend a closing reception for their “Art Through the Universe” exhibit on Thursday February 28, from 4:30 – 6:00,  at the Transylvania Arts Council at 349 S. Caldwell Street in Brevard. The group’s artwork has been on display throughout the month of February and the show has enjoyed great attendance as well as sales.

In addition to the opportunity to meet the artists and purchase final pieces or art, jewelry and more, guests of the closing reception will be treated to a very special event. The INTERACT group will offer a sign language performance that celebrates their core philosophy of “never giving up”. This inspiring performance has been presented to grateful audiences at more than a dozen regional locations, including Mountain Sun Community School, Anchor Baptist Church, Brevard Little Theater, Koala Adult Center, and the Transylvania County Jail. For more information about the reception, contact Jeanette Wayne at  jeanettew@tvsinc.org

 

U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Gives TVS Highest Possible Marks

U.S. Defense Logistics Agency Gives TVS Highest Possible Marks

The November 7th edition of the Source America newsletter praised our scores on a recent USDA performance report. TVS produces 20 dry food items for the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, which feed American warfighters overseas. The Mountain Maid brand products we make for DLA Troop Support include varieties of pancake, biscuit, cake, & cookie mixes, as well as 4 types of nuts. Here is what the news blurb said…
DLA Troop Support Gives TVS High Marks
DLA Troop Support recently gave TVS high marks on a USDA past performance report. Categories included the ability to manage costs and delivery schedule, price reasonableness, product quality, customer satisfaction and more. TVS received the highest marks possible – a “10” – across the board on the DLA Troop Support contract its held since 2014.
A DLA Troop Support contracting officer added the following comment to the report: “TVS is a great business partner who is always willing to accommodate our customers with the high quality items at a fair market price…TVS collaborates with DLA for successful outcomes and the best way to move forward.”
Source America helps facilitate the federal AbilityOne Program, having been designated as the central source america logononprofit agency representing hundreds of NPAs across the country that serve people who have significant disabilities. Source America’s mission is to creates job opportunities and choices for people with significant disabilities so they can realize the “American Dream”. SourceAmerica accomplishes this critical mission by linking nonprofit agencies that serve people with disabilities with federal and commercial customers to fulfill their product and service needs. There are almost 500 NPAs in the Source America/AbilityOne network. These producing NPAs employ more than 40,000 people with disabilities through the AbilityOne program and also have placed an additional 20,000 people with disabilities in their communities.  Learn more about them on their website at www.sourceamerica.org. 
INTERACT Featured in Transylvania Times

INTERACT Featured in Transylvania Times

TVS was honored to be featured in a front page, full-page, Section B story about the various and enriching programs enjoyed by our INTERACT and Life Skills participants. Click here for a link to the article on the Transylvania Times website, or click here to read a PDF version of it.