Summer Fitness According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U. S. An inactive lifestyle is a top risk factor for heart disease which means regular exercise can help lower the risk. The benefits of regular exercise include strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, improving muscle tone, and reducing body fat to reach a healthy weight. Most people need at least 30 minutes of exercise per day to receive health benefits. If 30 minutes of time is too difficult, divide the activity into three 10-minute sessions instead. In addition to providing fitness equipment at work, VIP also makes sure to include a variety of fitness activities as part of the Off-Site Day Habilitation (OSDH) program. Summer is the perfect time to go outside as there are so many activities from which to choose. Three of the more popular OSDH fitness events include swimming, going to the gym, and visiting local parks. Read the Full Story
Protect Sheltered Workshops Missouri AID has started the online petition "Protect Sheltered Workshops" and needs your help. Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? No matter where you live, sheltered workshops need your support throughout the United States. Here's the link: Protect Sheltered Workshops (Note: If you are having difficulty accessing the online petition, please try again using a different Internet browser. Internet Explorer users have reported difficulty with accessing the change.org website, but were successful with FireFox or Google Chrome. We apologize for the inconvenience.)

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Relay for Life The Relay for Life started in 1985 as a fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has evolved into a worldwide volunteer-driven fundraising event which raises over 4 billion annually. On Saturday, April 20th, 17 teams and almost 200 people in Bollinger County met at Twin City Park in Marble Hill, to participate in the Relay for Life. Regency Management participated in the event with 16 employees, staff, family, and friends to make up the “Regency Gang.” Read the Full Story
About Our Community VIP Industries is one of the largest sheltered workshops in the state of Missouri and serves two counties, Cape Girardeau and Bollinger, along with parts of Stoddard and Scott county. We have a growing workforce of over 175 staff and employees, who work at our three production facilities located in Cape Girardeau, Fruitland, and Marble Hill, Missouri. Read the Full Story
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Mission Statement: To enhance the productivity and quality of life of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families by providing services which teach valuable skills, encourage independence, and promote the overall health of the individual and his/her vital contribution to the community.

VIP Industries is one of the largest sheltered workshops in the state of Missouri and has been in operation for over 45 years. With over 175 employees and staff, we offer packaging, assembly and production, distribution and warehousing, recycling, and security shredding services.

If you are interested in learning more about us, or would like to see our facilities in person, we encourage you to stop by our Cape Girardeau location and request a tour. Tours are given Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm. Appointments are appreciated but not necessary. We are proud of what we do and the people we work with every day. Come visit us and see for yourself!

In addition to providing a place of employment for individuals with disabilities, we also provide programs which benefit their mental and physical health. With that overall goal in mind we have established organizations for advocacy and housing.

The Association for persons with Intellectual Disabilities (AID) was established to provide social services such as health screenings, cultural art activities, recreational events, advocacy, and case management.

Regency Management was established to provide residential and assisted living facilities for the mentally handicapped and developmentally disabled.

To find out more about these and other services, please explore the links throughout this site.

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"You might find housing or you might find work, but this is the only place you find it all in one place." --Guardian

"I just think VIP is a great place. I'm glad it exists. If Sammy didn't have it, he would have no place to go." --Guardian

"Patty just loves it and she looks forward to going to work." --Parent

"I think the whole program is fantastic." --Guardian

"I would have paid to have her work there. She was happy there and she had her friends there. She was in it from the beginning. She just loved it. She was so happy." --Parent

"It (having a job at VIP Industries) adds structure to his day, which is an important stabilizing influence on his behavior, gives him a feeling of self-worth, and helps him to feel part of the community." --Guardian

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