Elevare to suspend printing

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 9, 2005

There’s good news and bad news for Western Tidewater Community Service Board (WTCSB) clients.

The good news is that the approximately 70 mentally handicapped employees that currently work at the day-support program at Elevare will soon have a new place to learn their daily living, socialization and community integration skills.

WTCSB is leasing the former Vicare building in the Obici Office Park. Come the end of May, the workers will have a new 8,000 square-foot area to learn and work in, with the rest of the building to be filled by yet-to-determined programs for them. The WTCSB is planning a large open house event when it completes relocation.

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The bad news is, as of April 15, the Elevare printing press will be temporarily suspended.

&uot;We are suspending the printed services component because we have lower-functioning consumers and must address their needs,&uot; said WTCSB community support director Darlene Rawls. &uot;This gives our workshop expanded space for workshop teaching.

&uot;We are re-evaluating (the printing shop’s future), because we have to concentrate on the programming of our consumers and expand that. We are doing this to more aggressively expand the service delivery system for the consumers.&uot;

All the businesses that the printing services department deals with have been notified, Rawls said.