For 30 years Vantage Group Inc. , North Haven, Connecticut, has been serving the life-long needs of those with developmental disabilities in safe, comfortable settings.
All that began with the grassroots organizing of Ruth and Sam Teitelman on behalf of their son Philip. The Teitelman's conference room was their kitchen table. This anniversary celebration will be live-blogged from Amanarate, New Haven, CT.
Here is an exclusive live interview with Mary Donohue, Chairman of the Board.
MD: I have a sister who's a year younger than I. She lives in MA. And she is working with an agency that is just fantastic. When I heard about Vantage Group which is small and personal, like the one who serves my sister, I knew I wanted to be part of that. My sister has been with her case worker for 12 years. My sister perceives her as a "friend."
JG: What are your concerns about funding for those with disabilites?
MD: There seems to be a disproportionate level of cuts to funds for those with disabilities. That's unfortunate. As a society we should be protective of the most vulnerable.
JG: What is your focus this year?
MD: We are looking for opportunities for growth, particularly in fundraising. That will help us maintain the great service we have been providing.
JG: Anything else?
MD: I have been on the board a year and found it a great group to be working with.