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For Immediate Release

Vanessa Is A Shining STAR

Individual and Placement Support Services Program Supervisor Shines Bright

Raleigh, NC, December 16, 2019

The S.T.A.R. Awards Program celebrated its second successful year in recognizing men and women Easterseals UCP serves who have obtained employment and maintained a job. S.T.A.R. stands for Skill, Talent, Achievement and Recognition.

The Awards program is part of the Individual Placement and Support Program (IPS) which is a model of supported employment for people living with serious mental illness or substance use challenges. IPS supported employment helps people living with behavioral health conditions work at jobs of their choosing.

STARVanessa Phillips, the Easterseals UCP IPS Program Supervisor in Raleigh is the star behind the S.T.A.R. Awards. The quarterly awards began after the Steering Committee of the IPS program in Wake County discussed an effective and meaningful way to recognize the individuals they support.

Vanessa said, “We are very excited when someone accomplishes their goal, whether it is obtaining employment, maintaining employment, returning to school, or even maintaining their own mental health.  We are overjoyed to hear of the successes especially when it comes from someone who was in a rocky place in their life.”

Speaking from the heart, Vanessa said at one time she was in their shoes. She said, “I know what it is like to be without, to lose housing, to lose not one but two career jobs with three small children at home, and to deal with depression.  Having this quarterly ceremony gives me time to reflect and brings me to a place of humility.”

Thanks to Vanessa and her team, the S.T.A.R. Awards program continues to grow. During the two years of awards, dozens of people living with mental health challenges have been recognized for their personal successes. Learn more about the Easterseals UCP Individual Placement and Support Services

Easterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.


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