Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services (GVRS) Board Tentative Schedule

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Services (GVRS) Board has tentatively established its meeting schedule for 2020. Though these dates are subject to change, the goal is to give those interested in attending an opportunity to plan ahead. Click here for a .pdf version of the draft schedule. 

Please contact Harriett Young at Harriett.Young@gvs.ga.gov with any questions. 

GVRA SFY 2020-2024 Strategic Plan now available

The Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) Strategic Plan is now available here. The goal of the plan is to outline key agency priorities that align with the mission of employment and independence for Georgians with disabilities. 

 

Perry VR staff relocating to new Warner Robins office

Staff from our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office currently located in Perry are moving to a new space in Warner Robins where they can better serve our middle Georgia clients. During the transition, staff may reached by email and mobile phone. The main office line will be temporarily forwarded to the Milledgeville VR office.

Our new Warner Robins location will be: 

103 Jim Mason Ct.
Suites 100-300
Warner Robins, GA 31088

We look forward to serving you there starting Friday, October 4. 

A Chat With the New Director of Provider Relations

Below is a brief chat with Sheila Pierce, GVRA's new Director of Provider Management. It has been lightly edited for clarity. 

Sept. 2019 Issue of the GVRA Newsletter

The 2019 September issue of the GVRA monthly newsletter is available now!

IN THE MEDIA: Roosevelt Warm Springs (RWS) Robotics Highlighted on "Great Georgia Jobs"

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) was proud to participate in WorkSource Georgia's most recent episode of 'Great Georgia Jobs', currently airing statewide. The half-hour feature, a production of the Technical College System of Georgia, highlighted several state agencies and resources participating in workforce and economic development and vocational training. At the very beginning of the most recent episode, students and staff from Roosevelt Warm Springs (RWS) Computer Numeric Control and Robotics program are highlighted. 

Watch here

All GVRA locations to reopen Monday, September 9, 2019

We are thankful for the hard work of state and local emergency management authorities to keep those in our coastal areas safe. Thanks to their efforts, there are no reports of injuries among our Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA) coworkers, and their work sites are safe for return. As of Monday, September 9, 2019, all staff in Brunswick, Reidsville, Savannah, Statesboro and Waycross should plan to report as usual. Any individuals who are hindered by property damage or other issues should discuss the option of annual or personal leave with their supervisors. 

Ongoing office closures as counties remain under state of emergency

In consultation with the Georgia Emergency Management Authority (GEMA), Gov. Brian Kemp lifted the Executive Order for mandatory evacuations in the coastal area that includes our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) office in Brunswick (Glynn) and our VR and Disability Adjudication Services (DAS) offices in Savannah (Chatham). However, as damage is assessed and evacuees return home, a State of Emergency remains in effect for these counties and 19 others, including Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Echols, Effingham, Evans, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Ware, and Wayne. Therefore, all previously announced office and program location closures continue on Friday (September 6, 2019). These include:

- Brunswick VR
- Waycross VR
- Reidsville VR
- Savannah VR and DAS
- Statesboro VR

When this State of Emergency is lifted, GVRA will confirm intent to reopen these locations via email, gvs.ga.gov and social media. Please continue to be safe. 

Read Gov. Kemp's latest statement here. 

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING
Main Line: (404) 232-1998 Georgia Relay: 711
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Hurricane Dorian - Additional Wednesday 9.4.19 Closures

As of this (Wednesday) morning, Gov. Bryan Kemp has expanded the State of Emergency by Executive Order, to include Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Clinch, Echols, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Ware, and Wayne Counties. Therefore, local Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offices in Waycross, Statesboro and Reidsville will close immediately, and our VR offices in Brunswick and Savannah remain closed, along with our Savannah Disability Adjudication Services (DAS) location. All closures remain in effect until further notice via email, gvs.ga.gov and social media, in accordance with our agency's inclement weather policy. If you are outside this evacuation zone but feel unsafe at any time, please discuss the use of annual or personal leave with your supervisor. 

 

Hurricane Dorian - Wednesday 9.4.19 Office Closures

As of this afternoon, Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh Counties remain evacuated under an Executive Order from Gov. Brian P. Kemp. Our Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) offices in Brunswick and our VR and Disability Adjudication Services (DAS) offices in Savannah are inside this evacuation zone and therefore will remain closed until further notice. Once the evacuation order is lifted and the area is deemed safe, we will communicate intent to reopen via email,gvs.ga.gov, and social media in accordance with our agency Inclement Weather Policy.

As always, the safety of our clients and coworkers comes first. If you are outside this evacuation zone but feel unsafe at any time, please discuss the use of annual or personal leave with your supervisor.