Posted on November 25, 2013 by Roger Haburey
DECEMBER 6 - Christmas Bazaar
DECEMBER 9 – Preschool & Primary - visit Santa
DECEMBER 10 - KAWANNIS SHOPPING SPREE, KATZ-Lunch @ Colby’s
DECEMBER 13 - KATZ – SANTA’S WORKSHOP & CICI’S PIZZA, PTP - CHRISTMAS COOKIES & HOT CHOCOLATE
DECEMBER 16 - SOUTH DALE TO SING @ 10:00
DECEMBER 17 - PRIMARY/TRA, BWT, PTP, BLAST- SANTA’S WORKSHOP
DECEMBER 18 - PTP- CHRISTMAS MOVIE
DECEMBER 19 – ARITON TO SING @10:00 PTP-CHRISTMAS PARTY & LUNCH
DECEMBER 20 – VBAS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM, KATZ – CHRISTMAS PARTY & GIFT EXCHANGE
DECEMBER 23 TO JAUNARY 6 – CHRISTMAS BREAK
DECEMBER 25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS
Posted on November 14, 2013 by Roger Haburey
VBAS will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 28 & 29, for Thanksgiving, and will reopen on Monday December 2nd for regular day operations.
Also, please remember that our 41st Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held Friday, December 6th, for ONE DAY ONLY this year.
Thank you for your support and Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas
Posted on November 6, 2013 by Roger Haburey
To be held on Friday December 6th for one day only here at the school. There will be baked goods, raffles and door prizes throughout the day. For the raffles, you don’t have to be present to win.
All proceeds go to support the various student and adult programs here at the school as well as the Work Center
Claybank Soap and Glass Company & East River Trading Company are also with us this year. We will also have a “Vintage corner” with items for sale. Also, there will be box lunches available and a sit-down cafe area. There will also be hourly door prizes
For more information, please feel free to call VBAS
We hope to see you there!!!
Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at VBAS
Posted on October 16, 2013 by Roger Haburey
October 15, 2013
BY Mr. Roger Haburey
As some may be aware, soon there may be no more work centers operating in this state as state funding is cut for such programs of this type. The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) will soon no longer have the funds as they currently do to fund such operations as it currently goes on in the Reygene Burkett Workforce training center as we know it now.
By this, I mean, on October 1st, 2015, such work centers will no longer exist or be funded by ADMH. With this announcement, barring a miracle of some sort within the next few years, not only I will be out of a job, but this will have a great impact on the businesses we serve with our in-house manufacturing operation, which most of you know is our stake and hub operation. No doubt, several major businesses that depend upon us for their stakes and hubs will be forced to look elsewhere for their materials. Therefore, I ask all of you for your support and to call your state legislative representative, the Governor and the ADMH Commissioner to voice your concerns about this potential phase out, and make it known where you stand on the issue.
Before the current Work Center, the stake and hub business was being run out of what used to be the Work Activities Center; until it moved to what was an expansion of that program in October of 1987. Prior to now, there was so much work there; it took a staff of fifty employees and six staff members to handle the logistics of at least five different operations. Needless to say, this was a dedicated crew of good and willing workers. Not only do we do stakes and hub, but we also recycle cardboard, aluminum and newspaper, which also contributes to the environment.
As for me, my first experience with this current Work Center didn’t come until the early 1990s, when I received an evaluation and one year later, I was permanently on their payroll. During the good times, before the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA), we had a lot of work coming in. As a result of this act, we’ve lost a majority of the good work; not to mention a lot of really good workers.
If we’re eventually phased out, this will not only hurt us, but the surrounding economy will also take yet another hit. This facility is a vital contributor to the development of economic infrastructure in terms of making the stakes and hubs that help build roads, houses, and also aide in the agriculture industry and future development. If we lose this operation, as best I can tell, such businesses like Baxter’s Asphalt, County and City engineers, road and bridge departments, surveyors, general contractors and farmers will possibly have to cross the state line into maybe Pensacola Florida to buy such products. It’s been said, we’re the only manufacturer of these stakes and hubs this side of the state.
In closing: one must remember, VBAS serves six counties and numerous municipalities. Therefore, without the income we get from the businesses in the surrounding area, there’s a good possibility that we may lose more than just jobs. As everyone knows, where there are jobs, there is money. Without the jobs, there is no money, and therefore, no real reason to stay here. What I’m getting at is that we may also lose individuals too.
While I haven’t yet made my own personal decision as per my future after the fact, I’m weighing all possible options. I just hope there’s a miracle that ultimately keeps this facility functioning long after the potential phase out date.
Thank all of you for being supportive to the mission of not only the Work Center, but the Vivian B. Adams School in general. Remember, the Work Center is a part of what is VBAS, and hopefully, with your prayers and support, it can stay that way.
Posted on October 16, 2013 by Bob McMullen
November 5 - BWT – Bowling, BLAST – Library, KATZ – Library
November 6 – PEANUT FESTIVAL TRIP
November 7 - BLAST – Library
November 8 – BLAST – Lunch at Wiregrass Commons, KATZ – Movie & Popcorn
November 11 - LEA – Veteran’s Day Activities
November 12 - BLAST – Library, KAT – Library
November 13 - BLAST – Library
November 14 - BLAST – Library, KATZ – Taco Bell
November 15 - BLAST – Lunch at Wiregrass Commons, KATZ – Movie & Popcorn
November 19 - KATZ – Library
November 20 - 12:00 BOARD MEETING, BLAST – Art Gallery/Lunch at McD’s
November 21 - KATZ – Taco Bell
November 22 - TRANSITIONAL – Field Trip/Lunch, BLAST – AT Gallery/Lunch at McD’s, KATZ – Movie & Popcorn
November 26 - KATZ – Library
November 27 - LEA – A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
November 28 - THANKSGIVING DAY
November 29 - SCHOOL HOLIDAY
Posted on May 25, 2011 by BWT
By Roger Haburey
Hey y’all!!! VBAS has a new mascot that is in the form of a mixed terrier that’s being trained to help certain students and individuals around the school. Mrs. Starla Andrews is providing care for the dog on a daily basis. We are all proud to have this wonderful addition, and the staff sure enjoys having her.
Right now, she is still in training, but she seems to be slowly getting to know her way around, and she loves being petted. Don’t worry, she’s been properly checked out. If you have an individual enrolled here that might be allergic to pet hair or pets themselves, please contact this facility and let our staff be aware.