September Update | What We’ve Accomplished

A note from VGS President and CEO, Susie Barragate

As the fall the approaches, we invite you to reflect on the many meaningful strides we’ve made since our doors reopened in mid-July. From virtual summer youth programming and job placement services, we are in awe of our dedicated team of direct service providers. We are humbled by the families who entrust us to support their loved ones everyday. We are grateful for our volunteers whose advocacy and leadership propel us forward.

This year, we proudly celebrate 130 years of service to the community. Our commitment to serving Ohioans with disabilities is as strong as it has ever been. Looking ahead, we will continue to prioritize the safety of those in our community and know that we will need your support more than ever.

Read more about what we’ve been up to in recent months and ways you can advance our work. We are so grateful for your solidarity and support!

Susie Barragate, President and CEO



Celebrating Philanthropy

August was Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), a global celebration and campaign to elevate African-descent philanthropic giving. BPM calls for all leaders to reimagine how to use philanthropy, locally and globally, to create a more equitable future for all. VGS encourages leaders of all backgrounds to embrace the message of BPM throughout the year. You can learn more and connect at

Black Disabled Lives Matter

VGS commends and supports the fight against racial inequity and police brutality. For 130 years, we have served Ohioans with disabilities and we are proud to amplify the message that Black Disabled Lives Matter. This movement addresses the prevalence of police brutality towards disabled Black Americans and the barriers to participating in the call for racial equity that disabled individuals face. You can learn more about the movement here.


Virtual Success

In 2020, VGS delivered Summer Youth Foundations (SYF), an Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities summer program, for local high students virtually. There was some worry that the new virtual format might hinder the development of the meaningful connections that make SYF such a success. As it happens, there was no need to be concerned. Learn about one of the extraordinary connections that developed here.