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Harrah’s North Kansas City General Manager Julie Sola presented grant funds from the Caesar’s Foundation to Vocational Services Executive Director Kimbal Mothershead during a recent ceremony at Harrah’s.

Harrah’s Grants Help Northland Organizations

Several Northland service organizations recently had reason to celebrate with announcement of the 2022 Harrah’s Charitable Fund grants.

Awarded by the parent company Caesar’s Foundation, the grants target three main areas: helping older individuals live longer, healthier, more fulfilling lives; marshaling financial resources – and the commitment of colleagues – to promote a more sustainable world; and improving the quality of life in local communities.

Among the recipients at the recent Clay County ceremony was Vocational Services, Inc., which operates workshops in Liberty and North Kansas City that provide employment and other opportunities for Clay and Platte County residents with developmental disabilities. VSI Executive Director Kimbal Mothershead accepted the funds from Harrah’s North Kansas City General Manager Julie Sola.

Mothershead said VSI will use theirs to purchase a refrigerator in the organization’s Work and Personal Services program in North Kansas City. WPS helps people with disabilities who might otherwise not meet state requirements for workshop opportunities without additional training and services.

“A refrigerator may not sound that exciting, but this is an important component that helps an important program,” Mothershead said. “These funds are really appreciated.

Please Note:

VSI continues monitoring the Covid-19 situation and how it impacts our community. Beginning May 11, we began bringing back our employees at the Sheltered Workshops in small groups at a time.

Because of all of the safety requirements and training procedures, it will be s very safe and slow process for all of our employees to return. As we can arrange transportation and prepare each shop to safely handle our return, Sherry Summers will contact each of you to set a date for you to begin working at the workshops again. You cannot return until we have interviewed you and given you the proper information and personal protective equipment (PPE) that you will need in order to be prepared to return to your job.

Everyone here on staff is very excited for you to come back but we must do it in a scheduled and orderly manner. Please be patient and we will get everyone back to work as soon as we can. In the meanwhile, please stay safe and healthy!

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