VOR is pleased to announce a partnership with Celebrating Home, a company which sells candles, candle holders, gift wrap, cookbooks and more. Celebrating Home products make great gifts for family and friends.
Here’s the best part: VOR will receive 50% of all sales!
To get started just click here and register as a participant. Once registered, you will have access to the VOR2013 template and shopping link which you can forward to your friends, family, staff, advocates and others via email, Facebook, twitter and more.
For more information click here.
Thank you and happy shopping!
You are encouraged (urged!) to adapt this letter and share with your ICF/MR's employees!
VOR members know the difference between talk and action. For 27 years, VOR has supported a full continuum of residential options and individual and family decision-making rights.
We need your financial support to maintain VOR's effectiveness and take VOR advocacy to new heights. Click here to read more or here to donate online.
Choice remains under siege. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has assumed the mantel of our greatest threat, seeking ICF/MR closures in several states, including Virginia, Georgia, Illinois and Arkansas. Thanks to VOR, H.R. 2032 now calls for individual and family decision-making authority in P&A and DOJ actions, and VOR has provided legal advocacy in states impacted by federal lawsuits. To curb these activities nationally, we have called on Congress to halt these actions and condition federal funding on respect for choice.
VOR has lost a dear friend and amazing advocate. On June 23, Robin Sims lost her battle with cancer. Robin had served as VOR’s President since 2008 until about a week before her death when her health required that she resign. Her dedication to to our organization was so strong she even participated in VOR’s Annual Conference and Initiative in June. See here for VOR's Memorial Tribute to Robin.
To honor Robin's memory and to sustain her advocacy legacy, please consider a memorial donation to VOR in her memory.
Her brother said it best: "This evening our lovely Robin passed away. Ever the fighter she gave every last breath to helping others! I am such a better person for having her as my sister and our kids are so much better off today having her as their advocate. I will have more info on how we will begin to honor her life with as we solidify plans that should begin on Sunday. I say begin because we must all fill the void she left and do it with her grace and spirit. I Miss You So Much Sis!"
Words are inadequate to express the heaviness in our hearts. Robin will be sorely missed.
View a moving tribute video (produced by her brother) here: http://youtu.be/bcEInf2tKxI
View the NJ Legislature's Tribute to Robin here: http://youtu.be/L6HDA6kUIyc
For 30 years, VOR, a national, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been advocating in support of family decision-making rights and a continuum of care options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including own home, family home, community based options and facility-based care.
VOR is the only national advocacy organization that champions individual, family and legal guardian decision-making and supports both facility-based homes (e.g., ICFs/IID*) and quality community-based service options based on individual need.
For 30 years, VOR's advocacy has been supported solely by private dues and donations. Here's some more information about VOR: