In Memory of Bob Gries



Vocational Guidance Services is deeply saddened by the death of Bob Gries. Bob served on the VGS board of directors since 1967; the impact he had on Ohioans with disabilities in his 56 years of board service is innumerable. We are so grateful for Bob’s dedication, leadership, input of ideas, and generosity. Bob served on more than 40 nonprofit boards in his lifetime. He was a true champion of Cleveland and of those in need, a civic leader, an advisor, and friend; he also told the best stories. His philanthropy transformed so many institutions and lives – VGS is beyond grateful to be among them and so thankful for his decades-long leadership of VGS. Bob will forever inspire our work, inform our idea of what a leader truly is, and he will always be missed.

We are a vocational rehabilitation agency with a mission to create pathways for individuals with disabilities to engage in the community, achieve greater independence and attain employment.
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At VGS, each individual is given the opportunity to define and reach their goals.

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Our vision is an inclusive community where each person with a disability reaches their full potential. VGS’ service to individuals with disabilities began 133 years ago and our dedication to those we serve is more ardent than ever. We are committed to providing innovative programming informed by evidence based practices.

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Vocational Guidance Services is committed to racial equity, disability diversity, and inclusion. 

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The state of Ohio estimates that nearly three times as many individuals with disabilities live in poverty than those without. VGS provides programming and seeks solutions for these individuals, but we cannot do our work alone.