VTC Enterprises (VTC) has entered the final phase of fund raising activities in an attempt to reach its goal of $3.9 million before construction of the Quality Life Services (QLS) facility is completed in early September. “There are a million reasons to give NOW – Because building a quality life can’t wait”, is the theme of the efforts to raise the final one million dollars needed to complete the project.

The City of Santa Maria’s decision to extend McCoy lane through VTC’s property resulted in the sale of land whose proceeds have been used as seed money to raise the funds necessary to complete construction. The first and only Capital Campaign in the history of VTC has resulted in $3.1 million dollars raised from private donors, corporations, foundations, government grants, and specific fund raising events. We are now asking community members to be a part of this historic effort to build a state of the art facility serving people in our community with the most severe disabilities.

The new QLS building will be more accessible, efficient, and spacious.  Each feature has been specially designed to provide a safe comfortable atmosphere that is conducive to learning and retaining skills.

Construction of the Palacios Architect design is being carried out by Diani Building Corp. and Smith Electric. The new building is located in the southwest corner of VTC’s property on A Street in Santa Maria. Once construction is complete in September two barrack style buildings currently housing the QLS program will be demolished.

“Undertaking a project of this magnitude has been rewarding but also challenging,” stated Jim Bray, Steering Committee Chairman. “With the state of the economy and so many other local organizations conducting campaigns at the same time, it is difficult to raise the funds needed for this very large project. At the same time, we are very excited about this greatly needed facility, and it is our strong hope the community will help us raise the final $900,000 before the building is finished.”

VTC is a private non-profit organization whose goal is to teach independent living skills and vocational skills and to assist persons with disabilities in obtaining employment. Currently over 300 persons with disabilities receive services each day.

If you feel you could donate to this worthwhile effort please contact Don Brister at (805) 863-2785 by phone or by email at dbrister@vtc-sm.org.