The "We Are VIP" collaboration

The We are VIP partnership is four non for profit organizations collaborating to better serve individuals and the families of those with developmental disabilities. Each organization has their own board of directors and 501(c)3 status. The partnership allows us to provide services for the entire life of an individual with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 


The organizations benefit from the We Are VIP collaboration by eliminating any duplication of services and by sharing administrative expenses. The shared resources reduces the costs of providing programs, care and services for those that choose any of one our organizations for assistance. The seamless collaboration is so smooth an individual may not even realize they are being served by multiple agencies. When they choose to, they simply take advantage of what is being offered.


Individuals and families or guardians that choose to participate with any of our organizations benefit from the We Are VIP collaboration as it provides increased opportunities to participate in programs, events, services and work that improve the quality of life for the individual. Our shared belief and unique mission to make every person with developmental disabilities feel like a Very Important Person drives all that we do. Please contact us to see how we might best support you and your family by calling 573-334-9661. We are happy to discuss other opportunities outside of the We Are VIP collaboration if your needs aren't something that one of the organizations might best meet.


Each of the partners are members of Missouri Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (MO AID), a state advocacy and information organization for individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and guardians. 

Who are the We Are VIP partners?

VIP Industries, the oldest and most recognized organization of the partners provides employment and transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities by operating Sheltered Workshops throughout Southeast Missouri. To learn more about the services provided, click on the Services link above or Learn More here.


Regency Management provides subsidized semi-independent housing, programs and services specifically designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Our purpose is to meet their physical, social, and psychological needs, and to promote their health, security, and happiness. Regency apartments enable adults with disabilities the ability to enjoy the independence of having a home of their own, located near family and friends.


This type of housing allows the person to experience independence, while still receiving the necessary assistance in the form of case management, and Direct Care staff to provide help with home living skills, personal hygiene, community involvement, recreation, medical needs, and money management


Support staff are available to assist with cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and personal hygiene. Depending on the personal needs of the individual, some staff members also teach skills in cooking, nutrition, and money management.


Regency Management is currently going through the process of obtaining state certification to offer job training, job skills evaluation and job placement services with the hope of offering services toward the end of 2017. 


Learn more by calling us at 573-334-9663.


VIP Vocational Services (Heartland Industries) Provides employment for higher functioning individuals than the sheltered workshop targets. Examples include lawn care, janitorial, heavy equipment operation, secure paper shredding and recycling of paper products including cardboard and corrugated paper. Unique to our region is the pallet refurbishment program, taking used and/or broken pallets and making them better than new! Visit our website to learn more or call 573-334-9662.


Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities (AID) formerly the Cape Girardeau County Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC), AID is a local organization dedicated to the welfare of individuals with developmental disabilities. Established in 1958 by a small group of people who wanted and needed programs for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Programs and services have ranged from cooking and photography classes to a theater performing plays. 


AID addresses identified needs or voids in services. This includes consulting with other nonprofit organizations wishing to start up new programs or services that benefit disabled individuals and/or their families.

What's it mean to be VIP?

From Employment to Enjoyment - VIP