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 a live, exclusive interview with board member Greg Chester
JG: You're a businessperson. How did you shift your mindset to nonprofit?
CG: I am frustrated to be living through an era when it is tougher and tougher for funding for nonprofits. This is at a time when regulations for nonprofits such as serving those with disabilities become more in number. Those regulations, of course, raise their costs.
JG: What has been your biggest contribution to the board?
JG: Do you feel like an evangelist for encouraging other businesspeople to guide nonprofits?
CG: Yes. I especially want to motivate small businesses to participate with nonprofits. For example, it's great that Amarante is donating this social hour, in which you are blogging, to the Vantage Group.
JG: Anything else?
CG: On a personal note, ever since I was a kid I have been involved in some community outreach. For example, I would be part of a group who put on variety shows for shut-ins. So. the opportunity to join the Vantage Group board has made me feel part of that again.