Friday, August 24, 2007

SRVS Wine Tasting Fund-Raiser Set for Saturday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

SRVS (Shelby Residential and Vocational Services) organizer John Barzizza hopes his group will set a new record at this weekend's wine-tasting fund-raiser Saturday night, 6 p.m., at the Hilton Ridgelake Blvd.

SRVS clients range from the mildly retarded to those living in a nearly vegetative state. This weekend's fund-raiser is to shore up the drive for badly needed new facilities to replace the cramped and busy main campus at 3592 Knight Arnold.

Currently more than 800 recipients are taken care of daily, with a waiting list of 1,400 families hoping to enter a loved one into one of the seven programs the company guides and administrates. Programs range from a classroom-based day services center to an operating warehouse system providing jobs to job outsourcing.

The company also supervises 80 residential living locations in group homes throughout the city, as well as assistance programs for families. There are also on-site medical services for the severely disabled and immobile.

The "S.O.S." division of the organization operates an assembly line that contracts for light assembly and packaging jobs. Increasingly, SRVS recipients are proving to be good employees. (An NBC news report earlier this year cited a Walgreen's distribution center with a 40 percent mentally disabled adult workforce as the most efficient in its worldwide system).

For more information, call 869-9234 or visit the SRVS website.

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